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Health Technology Assessment (HTA)

Nov 26 2013 8:00AM - Nov 27 2013 1:00PM | Mercure Hotel Stoller Badenerstrasse 357 8003 Zurich Switzerland

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A Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is a comprehensive document which consists of evidence to support the adoption and utilisation of medical technologies. An HTA includes clinical, economic, social and ethical information regarding technologies. These include pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and other treatment approaches. HTA is used to guide decision makers in their evaluation of new technologies. Decision makers include professionals from diverse backgrounds such as healthcare payers (government agencies; medical insurance schemes) and healthcare providers (hospital management teams; healthcare professionals). As a result there is an increasing need for an introductory course which will provide new users with a sound overview of HTA and its application.

What You Will Learn 

  • Key principles and practice
  • Identification of HTA reports
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • Clinical evaluation
  • Economic evaluation
  • Critical appraisal
  • Quality assessment
  • Context-specific application
  • HTA from different perspectives (decision makers, industry, etc.)

Who Should Attend 

The course is aimed at professionals who are newly using, or will potentially be referring to, HTA documents. The course will be of interest to participants from the pharmaceutical industry working in the fields of Health Economics and Outcome Research, Market Access, Marketing and Medical Affairs. Representatives from government agencies and medical insurance companies as well as academia and non-profit organisations are encouraged to attend as well. The course is aimed at professionals with limited/no technical experience of HTA.

Level: Beginner, no previous experience of HTA is required

Learning Objectives 

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss an overview of HTA
  • Apply a local and global context of HTA
  • Navigate an HTA
  • Identify key information in HTA reports
  • Discuss an overview of evidence searching, review and grading
  • Analyse an overview of clinical evidence
  • Discuss an overview of economic evidence
  • Identify ethical and social considerations
  • Interpret and appraise an HTA

Learning Methods
Learning objectives will be achieved using a mix of theoretical and practical approaches. Theoretical components will include PowerPoint presentations, live demonstration of key aspects and guest speaker presentation. Practical working exercises will include guided group discussions, case study analysis and participant feedback.

Hotel & Travel 

The DIA has blocked a limited number of rooms at the following hotel:
Mercure Hotel Stoller
Badenerstrasse 357
8040 Zurich

Tel.: +41 (0)44 405 47 47
Fax: +41 (0)44 405 48 48
Email: h5488@accor.com

at the rate of:
CHF 212.00 per room inclusive of breakfast and VAT.

To make your reservation, please use this booking form.

Important: The room rate is available until 25 October 2013 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Contact Information 

DIA Europe
Kuechengasse 16, Postfach
4002 Basel

Tel.: +41 61 225 51 51
Fax: +41 61 225 51 52
Email: diaeurope@diaeurope.org


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CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be made in writing and received at the DIA office five working days prior to the event start date. Full event cancellations are subject to an administrative fee:

  • Industry (Member/Non-member) = €200.00
  • Academia/Charitable/Government /Non-profit (Full-Time) (Member/Non-member) = €100.00
  • Tutorial cancellation: €50.00

If you do not cancel five working days prior to the event start date and do not attend, you will be responsible for the full registration fee. DIA reserves the right to alter the venue and dates if necessary. If an event is cancelled DIA is not responsible for airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by registered attendees. Registered attendees are responsible for cancelling their own hotel and travel reservations.

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