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Health Technology Assessment (HTA) 101


Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is the study of medical, social, organizational, ethical and economic implications of development, diffusion and use of health technology.

It is a multidisciplinary field of policy analysis and encompasses the assessment of the quality, safety, efficacy, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of healthcare intervention and technology. Policy and decision makers need to make sound decisions for effective organisation and distribution of health services.

This includes funding only those services and interventions that are proven to be effective and cost effective so that service delivery achieves the maximum health benefit for the public. The main objective for this summer school is to educate decision makers on the scientific approach used in HTA. This is the first step towards its introduction in to the decision making process.

After attending the Summer School, you will have skills to access, appraise and apply scientific reports.

This 5-day course will enable participants to become familiar with:

  • Principles and practice of HTA
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • Economic evaluation
  • Context-specific application of HTA
  • Critical appraisalRole of HTA in the life cycle management of health technologoies (HT) 
  • HTA from different perspective (agency, industry, patient, health professionals, etc)



Each session is accompanied by case studies and group exercises

  • Day 1: Essentials and practice of HTA
  • Day 2: Methods in Technology Assessment
  • Day 3: Principles of Economic Evaluation
  • Day 4: HTA and its linkages to HT Management
  • Day 5: Critical appraisal of HTA reports and Systematic reviews



20-24 November 2017


Target participants:

  • Academic physicians/ physicians in community practice
  • (Public) Health professionals
  • Patient advocates and care providers
  • Biomedical and clinical engineers
  • Health economists
  • Hospital and health-care program administrators
  • Health-care payers
  • Health-care technology providers



R6 000.00


For more information

Mr Andani Singo
Tel: 012 356 3264
Cell: 072 513 6256
E-Mail: [email protected]


- Author Jan Kleinsmit
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