An Update from the 2012 HTAi Annual Meeting

I arrived on Saturday in Bilbao, Spain to attend the Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) annual meeting. HTA in Integrated Care for a Patient-Centered System is the theme this year. It is no surprise that there are many sessions discussing the methodological challenges that we encounter in the emerging paradigm of patient-centered health technology assessment.

The opening workshop, “Death of RCTs – Welcome to a New World of Data! Finding Your Way Across Evidence to Increase Patient Performances,” set the stage for stimulating discussions across disciplines. Some questions to consider:

  • How do we evaluate the effectiveness of integrated care processes?
  • What are the principles of a patient-centered HTA?
  • Does the use of molecular data in personalized medicine require a new assessment framework?
  • When and how should we engage patients and citizens in healthcare research, HTA, and policy decisions?

A diverse audience from around the world is sharing their perspective on these issues, trying to find answers that will help us navigate our way into a more patient-centered system.

Even more exciting, we started with a look into the future of medicine.

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