What is HTA?

Heath Technology Assessment (HTA) is a field of scientific research to inform policy and clinical decision-making on the introduction and use of health technologies. Health technologies include pharmaceuticals, devices, diagnostics, procedures and other clinical, public health and organizational interventions.

HTA is a multidisciplinary field that addresses the clinical, economic, organizational, social, legal and ethical impacts of a health technology, considering its specific healthcare context as well as available alternatives. The scope and methods of HTA may be adapted to the needs of a particular health system, but HTA processes and methods should be transparent, systematic and rigorous.

In health systems throughout the world, HTA plays an essential role in supporting decision-making.