Health Technology Assessment orientation program at Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone

Over thirty participants from academia, industry and policy bodies attended the interactive session from across the country

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New Delhi: The Kalam Institute of Health Technology (KIHT) at the AMTZ, Visakhapatnam hosted a day long orientation program on Health Technology Assessment on 25th January 2019. This program demonstrated approaches in health economics and evidence synthesis.  

HTA is a multidisciplinary process that summarizes the information about medical, social, economical and ethical issues related to the use of health technology in transparent, unbiased or robust manner. This approach is used to inform and involve policy and decision-making in health care, especially on how best to allocate limited fund to help interventions and technologies. Over thirty participants from academia, industry and policy bodies attended the interactive session from across the country.

Dr Anirban Basu from the University of Washington explained about Health economics , the role of public health and hospital generated data in evidence-based healthcare that aids in a large way the decision making and policy.

Dr Amit Dang and Ms Dimple Arora from Marksman Healthcare, Hyderabad spoke about Health Technology Assessment and Real-World Evidences in actual usage.

Dr Devarshi Bhattacharyya, Assistant Director, KIHT presented the HTAIn (HTA in India) and explained the Department of Health Research perspective of HTA with respect to Indian population and the role of government policies.

In his concluding remarks Dr Jitendar Sharma, MD and CEO, AMTZ and Executive Director, KIHT, shared the vision of KIHT and the future of Health Technology Assessment in India. He also stressed on adopting a systematic approach to healthcare information that can modulate the process at large.