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Towards a Harmonised Health Technology Assessment Framework: Exploring the Potential Impact on Quality of Care in the EU

Date: Wednesday, 06 June 2018 10:00 - 16:30

Venue: Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre  |  City: Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium

Health is on average the biggest government expense after pensions across the EU, with an average of € 2,797 spent on health per capita, accounting for 9.9% of GDP.  New technologies are a key component for the improvement of healthcare systems. It is therefore crucial to carefully evaluate the cost-effectiveness of new technologies and assess what works and does not work for patients and providers.

In January 2018 the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal  aimed at strengthening EU harmonisation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) . This comes as a positive step towards ensuring the sustainability of EU cooperation beyond HTA's third Joint Action, which will end in 2020. A multidisciplinary process, the Health Technology Assessment evaluates the added value of a new health technology over and above existing ones and according to the Commission it will help member-states ensure cost-effective, accessible and sustainable health systems.

The identified shortcomings revolve around the low level of inclusion of joint EU work into national decision-making processes, differences in the HTA procedural capacity of individual EU countries, and financial sustainability of the EU cooperation on HTA.The Commission’s proposals additionally represent a step forward in supporting access to new treatments for patients across Europe. However, the introduction of the new system was not met positively by all member states, which have been divided between countries that already have an HTA and prefer a less centralised system and others that prefer a stronger mechanism.  

Despite the positive steps, significant progress is still required to ensure a high standards quality of care across the EU. In order to reap the benefits of technology and effectively enhance the quality of care, adequate training of the health workforce is required, as well  as involving the patient directly in the management of chronic conditions, having a fair and unified evaluation framework and designing technologies that have the best interest of the patient in mind. Further challenges that the healthcare systems are facing are the ageing population and the increasing prevalence of diseases such as diabetes, cancer and dementia.

In light of these developments, this timely international symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for key stakeholders from the public and private sector to explore the latest developments on the EU Health Technology Assessment, and its potential to build a harmonised EU framework. The symposium will encourage delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate and facilitate the exchange of ideas between local and regional practitioners and policy makers at EU level.

Delegates will:

  • Discuss the possible impact of the HTA on quality of care in the EU
  • Examine how best to ensure the inter-operability of the new EU HTA proposal with the existing framework
  • Explore the opportunities and challenges posed by technology assessments
  • Assess consumers’ rights and trust regarding the certification of medical technologies
  • Analyse the progress made in the EU legal framework for eHealth
  • Consider how to strengthen partnerships between app developers and traditional healthcare companies
  • Explore the advantages of effective system interoperability
  • Promote collaboration on technological development between the national health systems, local authority teams, the third sector, existing and new suppliers, managers and other relevant stakeholders


09:15 Registration and Morning Refreshments
10:00 Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks

Understanding the EU Framework on Quality of Care 

  • Looking into the New Health Technology Assessment Regulation Objectives
  • Evaluating the Differences between the HTA Procedural Capacity and Financial Sustainability
  • Analysing the Outcomes of the Public Consultation on the Transformation of Health and Care within the Digital Single Market   
10:40 First Round of Discussions
11.10 Morning Coffee Break

Analysing Innovative and Impactful Health Technologies

  • Involving the Relevant Stakeholders in Establishing the Criteria for Evaluation
  • Connecting HTA within the Broader Framework of Healthcare
  • Sharing Best Practice in the Field
12:00 Second Round of Discussions
12.30 Networking Lunch

Striking the Right Balance between Healthcare Service Providers and Beneficiaries 

  • Keeping Affordable and Timely Health Care Accessible to Citizens by Developing Better Criteria 
  • Closing the Gap between Practitioners’ Needs and Technological Advances
  • Elaborating on the Importance of Adequate Primary Care and Creating a Database of EU Patients 
14.00 Third Round of Discussions
14:30 Afternoon Coffee Break

The Role of Quality of Care for Ageing and Chronic Diseases

  • Assessing Implications of the Increasing Prevalence of Degenerative Diseases upon the Standardisation Mechanism
  • Evaluating the Use of New Technology in the Treatment of Mental Health Disorders
  • Upskilling the Workforce: Improving Training for Staff and Healthcare Professionals
15.20 Fourth Round of Discussions
15:50 Chair's Summary and Closing Remarks
16.00 Networking Reception and Refreshments
16.30 Symposium Close

Who Should Attend?

  • Health Professionals
  • Digital Transformation Leads
  • Digital Officers and Managers
  • ICT Project Managers
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Public Health Authorities
  • European Organisations
  • European Institutions
  • National Governmental Organisations
  • Local Governmental Organisations
  • Health Insurers
  • Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Hospital Staff
  • Social Services
  • Health Promotion Advisers
  • Medical Associations
  • Employers’ Organisations
  • Public Health Unions
  • Health Research Institutes
  • International Centres for Health Protection
  • Project Managers
  • Authors
  • Executive Directors
  • IP Law Experts
  • Media Experts
  • Internet and E-Commerce Experts
  • Book and Newspaper Publishers
  • National Governmental Organisations
  • Legal Advisers
  • Local and Regional Government Departments and Bodies
  • Regulatory Bodies
  • Citizens Advice
  • Third Sector Practitioners
  • Private Sectors Employers
  • Public Sector Employers
  • International Organisations
  • Academics, Researchers and Analysts
  • Health Networks
  • Patient Associations
  • Charitable Foundations
  • Associations of Schools of Public Health
  • Health Forums
  • Natural Medicine Associations
  • Associations of Hospital Managers
  • Hospital Pharmacists Associations
  • Legal Health Professionals
  • Academics and Researchers
  • Local Authority Officers and Councilors 
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Health and Wellbeing Board Members

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