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The Value of Investing in Cost Data—Lessons from Health Systems Costing Repository in India

Yashika Chugh, Lorna Guinness, Abha Mehndiratta, Shankar Prinja, Javier Guzman Mar. 10, 2023

Around the globe, countries looking to improve value for money are investing in systems to build the information base for healthcare decision-making. Where governments are reimbursing healthcare providers, understanding the cost-of-service provisioning is a critical part of this evidence base. Many countries, like the UK and Australia, that have advanced along the universal health coverage (UHC) route have developed sets …

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Ghana launches its first Strategy for Health Technology Assessment (HTA)

Aug. 4, 2021

Yesterday, Ghana launched its first Strategy for Health Technology Assessment (HTA). This strategy sends out a clear message of Ghana’s ambitious commitment to evidence informed priority setting. It recognizes that building an HTA function demands action on several areas, including capacity development, topic selection, and bespoke methods guidelines, all linked by a strong governance framework. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the use …

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Webinar by Dr Hugo Turner, on the types of models used in economic evaluations, static versus dynamic models

May. 20, 2021

Mathematical models are regularly needed to evaluate the impact of public health interventions and are often needed to perform economic evaluations. They are therefore an important element of priority setting and health technology assessments. Consequently, it is important to understand the key features, strengths and weaknesses of the different types of models used in this area. In particular, when evaluating …

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The Health Technology Assessment programme in India (HTAIn): two exciting developments

By Françoise Cluzeau Aug. 14, 2019

The International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) is proud to support India as it continues to make huge strides towards health priority setting.  iDSI has an ongoing technical assistance programme with the Government of India through the Department of Health Research (DHR) with a focus on Health Technology Assessment (HTA). The Health Technology Assessment programme (HTAIn) which is funded by the …

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Health Technology Assessment proves a hit as almost 100 delegates attend sustainable resource allocation event in Accra

By Madeleine Stewart Sep. 30, 2018

Almost 100 delegates policy representatives from across Africa and Europe gathered in Accra, Ghana this month for a special event that focused on sustainable resource allocation policies for low and middle income countries (LMICs), co-hosted by iDSI and Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi). The two-day ‘Setting Priorities Fairly: Sustainable Policies for Effective Resource Allocation’ event, opened Ghana’s Deputy Minister for …

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7 key messages from the new iDSI report “Improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare services in Ghana through HTA”

By Mohamed Gad, Francis Ruiz, Private: Kalipso Chalkidou Nov. 16, 2017

In Africa, the burden of communicable diseases, maternal and child morbidities and mortalities is fast shifting towards chronic non- communicable diseases, giving rise to a phenomenon known as “double burden of illness”. Given that few domestic resources are allocated to health, and externally provided funds are committed to siloed disease programmes, there is an urgent need to develop practical and …

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Towards HTA in the Philippines: iDSI welcomes passage of new Congress UHC Bill

By Diana Bayani, Mohamed Gad Oct. 9, 2017

September 6th 2017, the Philippines’ lower house of Congress approved the Universal Health Coverage Bill, introducing key reforms to improve population coverage, reform provider payment, and strengthen health technology assessment (HTA) implementation, among others. It has been 15 years since HTA was introduced in the Philippines through the efforts of dedicated key individuals. This development marks a crucial step towards …