Workshop Description

Strategies for Managing the Diffusion of High Cost Diagnostic Technology – The Case of PET Scanning

Positron emission tomography (PET) is an example of a costly and popular diagnostic test with potential to improve patient care but without definitive evidence of clinical or cost effectiveness. Several agencies within INAHTA were asked to assess the usefulness of diagnostic modalities such as PET within the context of improved health outcomes and limited health care resources, and many are implementing policy for clinical use of PET in their healthcare systems. In addition, INAHTA conducted a joint collaboration around PET scanning.

This workshop presented: 1) survey results from the INAHTA joint project on diffusion, evaluation and policy implementation of PET within its members' healthcare systems; 2) case examples from INAHTA members of policy implementation, including assessment strategies that are helping to define PET's benefit to patient care.

The audience for this three-hour workshop learned how healthcare systems around the world manage the introduction of costly yet popular and potentially beneficial diagnostic technologies. Attendants were encouraged to participate and share their experiences.

Chair: Liz Adams, VATAP, USA and INAHTA Board of Directors
Presenters: Cari Almazán (CAHTA, Spain); John Hastings (DHA/MSAC, Australia); Ian Bradbury (NHS QIS, Scotland); Berit Mørland (SMM, Norway); Osnat Luxenburg (MOH/ICTAHC, Israel)

Number of participants: 31

Workshop Program

Elizabeth Adams: General introductions PET_HTAi_Adams_INAHTA_intro

John Hastings: INAHTA PET joint project survey results  PET_HTAi_Hastings_survey

Cari Almazán: Examples from CAHTA  PET_HTAi_Almazan_CAHTA

Berit S Mørland: Examples from SMM (now NOKC)  PET_HTAi_Morland_Norway

Elizabeth Adams: Examples from VATAP  PET_HTAi_Adams-VHA_USA

Ian Bradbury: Examples from NHS QIS  PET_HTAi_Bradbury_Scotland

John Hastings: Examples from MSAC  PET_HTAi_King_Australia

Elizabeth Adams: INAHTA editorial  PET_HTAi_Adams_INAHTA_presentation

Berit S Mørland: OECD project results  PET_HTAi_Morland_OECDs_Survey

Open discussion