Health Technology Assessment Division

The IFMBE’s Healthcare Technology Assessment Division (HTAD) aims at promoting Healthcare Technology Assessment (HTA) within the biomedical and clinical engineering community and at supporting biomedical engineering activities in this field.

According to WHO, health technology refers to the application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of lives. Healthcare technology is defined as prevention, care and rehabilitation, vaccines, pharmaceuticals and devices, medical and surgical procedures, and the systems within which health is protected and maintained. Health Technology Assessment is a multidisciplinary field of policy analysis. It is clear from this definition that the scope of HTA is very broad. The HTAD focuses mainly on the medical devices, the procedures, and the systems used in healthcare delivery.

The purpose of HTA is to support the process of decision-making in health care at policy, clinician and management levels by providing reliable and timely information on some or all of the evaluative dimensions mentioned earlier. In this respect, HTA has been compared to a bridge between the world of research and the world of decision-making since assessment of currently adopted technologies can inform both research and adoption strategies. HTA provides a unique input into the decision-making processes of the healthcare system.

Board Members

Chair

Ernesto IADANZA

Secretary

Marjan HUMMEL

Treasurer

Daniel CLARK

Members

Murilo CONTÓ
Mario MEDVEDEC
Albert POON
Kallirroi STAVRIANOU
Julie POLISENA (proposed Coopted Member)

HTAD Collaborators

Martina ANDELLINI
Adriana Velazquez BERUMEN
Simone BORSCI
Rossana CASTALDO
Oriana CIANI
Carlo FEDERICI
Giuseppe FICO
Ivana KUBATOVA
Nicolas PALLIKARAKIS
Leandro PECCHIA
Matteo RITROVATO
Rosanna TARRICONE
Patricia TRBOVICH

Past Board Members

2015 – 2018

Chair

Leandro PECCHIA, UK

Members

Patricia TRBOVICH, Secretary, Canada
Marjan HUMMEL, Treasurer, The Netherlands
Nicolas PALLIKARAKIS, Past Chairman, Greece
Mladen POLUTA, South Africa
Mario MEDVEDEC, Croatia
Lennart PHILIPSON, Sweden

HTAD Collaborators

Roi STAVRIANOU, Greece
Giuseppe FICO, Spain

2012 – 2015

Chair

Nicolas PALLIKARAKIS, Greece

Members

Patricia TRBOVICH, Secretary, Canada
Leandro PECCHIA, Treasurer, UK
Mladen POLUTA, South Africa
Ken ISHIHARA, Japan (2012 – 2015)
Roberto Macoto ICHINOSE, Brazil (2012 – 2015)
Christopher JAMES, UK (2012 – 2015)

2006 – 2009

Chair

Hermann GILLY

Members

Ewald KONECNY
Sung-Jae LEE
Zlatko MATJACIC
Kalju Meigas, Estonia
Nicolas PALLIKARAKIS
Cheng-Yi WANG

Co-opted by the IFMBE AC
Clifford GOODMAN (in 1994)
John HUTTON (in 1994)
Jan PERSSON