Health technologies represent the application of scientific information on health and prevention
Health Technology Assessment - (HTA) is a multidisciplinary process that summarizes medical, social, economic and ethical information correlated with the use of health technologies in a systematic, transparent, robust and error-free way. The purpose of this process is to formulate safe and effective health policies that are focused on patients and seeks to bring the highest value.
Although HTA purpose is policies' formulation, the process itself must be deeply rooted in research and scientific methodology.
Some areas that can use the HTA
- diagnostic and treatment methods
- medical equipment
- pharmaceutical industry
- prevention and recovery methods
- Organizational and support systems for health system itself.
The National School of Public Health, Management and Professional Development (NSPHMPDB) has interests in this area both in terms of achieving the actual process of evaluation analyses and through the implementation of courses in this area for those interested.
NSPHMPDB is an associate member of the European network for HTA (EUnetHTA) and will participate in the project coordinated by this network called "Joint action for HTA from 2010 to 2012". For more details click here.