INAHTA´s mission is to provide a forum for the identification and pursuit of interests that are important to our member agencies which will progress the realization of INAHTA’s vision.
The network aims to:
- Bring agency leadership and expertise to bear on the science and practice of HTA in the international health community.
- Demonstrate the value of HTA agencies as key components of modern health systems to support robust, evidence-based decision making.
- Support best practice and innovation for building and maintaining thriving HTA agencies.
- Build communities of practice to enable continuous exchange of knowledge and learning among our members.
Our vision is a network of strong, independent HTA agencies, where each agency is an essential contributor to health system decision making to achieve better health and better health systems for the people they serve.
How INAHTA Works
INAHTA is a network that connects HTA agencies to each other to support knowledge sharing and the exchange of information, and also to serve as a forum for the identification and promotion of other interests of HTA agencies. The membership meets each year for a face-to-face meeting that is held adjacent to the HTAi conference. Througout the year, the membership participates in various communities of practice, task groups and/or Board subcommittees to advance the achievement of the strategic objectives of the Network and to deepen collaboration and trust amongst members. The Members of the INAHTA Board are composed of and elected by the membership and Board members stand for 2-year terms. The INAHTA Board is responsible for the development and implementation of the INAHTA Strategic Plan and oversees the work of the task groups, committees and Secretariat. The Secretariat is currently located at the Institute of Health Economics (IHE), Canada and is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Network.
INAHTA's key communication form is Internet. The INAHTA website and Members-only section include information about on-going activities.
INAHTA Briefs are short 1-page summaries that provide an overview of recently published reports. INAHTA Briefs are published regularly and placed on the INAHTA website as soon as they become available.
INAHTA Checklists are an aid to furthering a consistent and transparent approach to HTA. They also provide information on the purpose, methods, and contents of an HTA report.
INAHTA Impact Reports are a tool for INAHTA members to report on the impact, or influence, of their HTA on health system decision making.
Joint Projects involve the member agencies in collaborative efforts to evaluate medical technologies of mutual interest. The INAHTA report on PET was updated and published in the Intl J Technolgy Assessment in Health Care in 2006. A Synthesis Report was published 1999 and contains a summary and analysis of five reports on preoperative evaluation from INAHTA agencies.
The INAHTA listserv connects all member agencies together and this email list is available to all members to ask questions of each other regarding current and planned HTA projects. Summaries of listserv querries and responses are available in the INAHTA members area.
Other means of dissemination include participation in international conferences, workshops, exhibitions, and educational activities and seminars.
- Launch of the INAHTA Strategic Plan 2014-2017. Strategic plan to include a new governance and organizational structure that includes value neworks, task groups and communities of practice.
- External partnership development including strengthening links with international and regional organizations (e.g., WHO, EuroScan, EUnetHTA, HTAi, PAHO, G-I-N, HTAsiaLink, RedETSA, and others)
- Internal communication and enhancing exchange of information amongst INAHTA member agencies
- Examining the impact and influence of HTA on decision making and health outcomes
- Education and training
- Partner in the development of the HTA glossary, a joint project with HTAi, INESSS, AVALIA-T, DIMDI and AHTA.
- Promotion of INAHTA at international fora to promote the use of HTA in evidence based decision making in health systems.
- Enhance the work of INAHTA's value networks with communities of practice
- Investigate potential and improve existing collaboration with other international organizations
- Improve our internal communication and sharing of reports
- Systematically exchange information on the impact of HTA
- Deliver the INAHTA-WHO Mentorship Program