FinCCHTA – Finnish Coordinating Center for Health Technology Assessment
History & Structure
FinCCHTA was established in 2018 to continue the HTA activities previously carried out by the National Institute for Health and Welfare’s department FinOHTA. FinCCHTA has a national position to coordinate HTA in Finland. FinCCHTA’s office is located within the Oulu University Hospital.
FinCCHTA’s goal is to promote the effectiveness of health care in Finland. The objective of FinCCHTA is to coordinate HTA in Finland as well as to cooperate with international HTA bodies. Other key objectives are to develop HTA methodological training and strengthen its related research.
How the Agency Works
FinCCHTA participates in the international HTA collaboration, health services and HTA research. Distribution and organization of the hospital-based HTA work within the national HTA-network (five university hospitals jointly producing the reviews) is FinCCHTA’s responsibility. FinCCHTA collects all jointly produced reviews and gives national recommendations based on this work. FinCCHTA also produces systematic reviews and original research papers.
FinCCHTA is a permanent member (one seat) in the Council for Choices in Health Care in Finland (COHERE), which issues recommendations on services that should be included in the range of public health services in Finland. The Council works in conjunction with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. COHERE can order HTA reports from FinCCHTA or redirect themes proposed to it to FinCCHTA.
FinCCHTA is active in teaching and knowledge dissemination in HTA and research methodology.
Our assessment reports are mainly in Finnish, including English abstracts. They can be downloaded from our webpage www.fincchta.fi. Reports are also distributed to policy makers and health care professionals and published in national professional journals and in our twitter account (@fincchta).
Recently Completed or Milestone HTA Reports
Information on past, current and upcoming projects can be obtained from FinCCHTA’s website https://www.ppshp.fi/Tutkimus-ja-opetus/FinCCHTA/Sivut/HTA-julkaisuja.aspx
FinCCHTA participates also actively in production of the recommendations given by The Council for Choices in Health http://palveluvalikoima.fi/en/recommendations
Having been established in 2018, FinCCHTA is a new organisation that in addition to coordinating and conducting HTA will also work to promote the role of HTA in national decision making, and to collaborate actively in the international HTA community.
Description of population served: National
Population served (mil): 5.5 million
Current HTA budget (mil USD): 0.4
Permanent staff: 3
Ongoing TA projects:
Director: Dr. Miia Turpeinen
Oulu University Hospital
90220 Oulu, Finland