Department of Health Technology Assessment and Economic Evaluation
- Technical Cooperation
- Tobacco in South America
Health Technology Assessment Agency
The IECS has an agency for health technology assessment (HTA) that prepares different types of documents: quick-response reports, brief technical reports, systematic reviews,and economic evaluations.
These documents are aimed at clarifying the actual benefits that can be expected from the implementation of new technologies. The reports explain which patients and clinical situations can actually benefit from a specific technology and the estimated economic impact of implementing said technology. These documents become a valuable tool for health systems to make decisions about health insurance, refunds, and health technology investment. The documents are prepared at the request of a made up by more than 40 public and private social security institutions, from Argentina and other Latin American countries.
If you are interested in encouraging your institution to become a member of the consortium and if you want to commission the agency to create new documents or check the existing ones, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The IECS has published more than 500 HTA reports, which are part of scientific articles published in international journals and are indexed in:
- The Centre for Reviews and Dissemination of the University of York
- INAHTA, the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment
The IECS’s HTA agency was one of the first Latin American agencies to become part of INAHTA, a nonprofit organization made up of 52 technology assessment agencies from 29 countries that gives advice on this field since 1993.
In addition to this, the IECS was one of the founding members of REDETSA (American HTA Network), a network of regional institutions devoted to the assessment of health technologies coordinated by the PAHO.
In September 2012, the Pan American Health Organization passed a resolution (CSP28/11) to promote the institutionalization of decision-making processes based on HTA in the Americas. A year later, the IECS’ Department of Health Technology Assessment and Economic Evaluations was appointed WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center for Health Technology Assessment (HTA).