Why is Hospital – Based HTA important?

Hospital – Based Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is usually performed in hospitals, with the aim of finding responses on how hospitals can decide on the implementation of new technologies.

Hospitals are the entry point of many new technologies, therefore they need to be able to assess their usefulness in a scientifically valid manner.

The new technologies may replace or add on to existing technologies, which means that decision-makers need to know their value in relation to the current standard practice in their hospital.

Furthermore, the information needs to be in place when implementation decisions are made in the hospital, which means that the assessment timelines are usually strict.

In-depth understanding of how the decision making process for adopting innovation works at hospital level will enable the use of this knowledge for HTA development, strengthening the production and use of HTA in the hospital setting.