ISPOR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Training Program

The ISPOR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Training was developed by the ISPOR HTA Council which consists of the Chairs of the ISPOR HTA Roundtable in Europe and North America, of HTAnetAsia, and the Chair of HTAnetLatAm. The ISPOR HTA Training Program became a priority for the Council based on input from ISPOR members and regional groups for support in knowledge building.

The ISPOR HTA Training Program is a 1–3½ day modular program intended for “users and doers” in government, such as Ministries of Health (MoH) and health insurance funds, evolving and established HTA agencies or other government departments responsible for health care decision making. It is also designed for public and private payers, industry, health plans, academia, and patient group representatives, interested in learning how to conduct various aspects of HTA with an emphasis on clinical and economic evaluation. The program is also intended to aid decision makers in understanding how to interpret data presented to them, as well as what a good HTA process requires and how this can be tailored to different settings.

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what a 'good' HTA process looks like and why this is important for health policy decisions
  • Understand what evidence is; how the individual need for evidence may differ among patients, providers, payers, and regulators; and how to identify and combine clinical research (i.e., meta-analysis and modeling)
  • Recognize best practices in the conduct and reporting of economic evaluation, and be able to conduct a trial- and modeling-based economic evaluation
  • Be aware of other important factors in policy decision making (e.g, societal value, patient perspectives, and ethical, legal, social and cultural implications of technology use, etc.) and understand how these can be incorporated into an HTA process
  • Appreciate different issues, as well as the importance of different perspectives, related to the use and conduct of HTA