A decade to the Israeli center for technology assessment in health care

Orly Tamir, Joshua Shemer, Mordechai Shani, Sharona Vaknin, Miriam Ines Siebzehner

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Abstract

The Israeli Center for Technology Assessment in Health Care (ICTAHC) was established in 1998 at the Gertner institute for Epidemiology and Health Policy Research, on foundations set in 1992 by the Medical Technology Assessment Unit. The Center is defined as an independent multidisciplinary research center, whose main aims are to assist in developing processes for the adoption of new technologies, identify and propose health priorities, and serve as an educational center for all stakeholders. Moreover, the Center promotes working relations with overseas counterparts as an essential component for expansion and advancement of the field of health technology assessment. Throughout the years, ICTAHC had contributed significantly to the development of the discipline of health technology assessment in Israel and to actual decision making in the health care system. The Center had outlined the principles, guidelines and overall framework for technology assessment in the country, as well as substantiating the discipline through various research areas, which materialized into a variety of technology-related policy accomplishments. Today, the Center serves as a national focal point in the health care system in Israel, as well as maintaining an active position in the international milieu. It has been a decade since the establishment of ICTAHC. This paper reviews the evolution of the center, describes changes in the HTA field in Israel, identifies areas of focus and main research accomplishments, and illustrates the breadth of potential research scope and projections for the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)901-905
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume10
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2008

Keywords

  • Health technology assessment
  • Israel
  • Policy
  • Research

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