Professor Finn Børlum Kristensen, MD, PhD
Former EUnetHTA Executive Committee Chairman and EUnetHTA Secretariat Director; Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
Several years ago, ISPOR convened an ad hoc advisory body of health care decision makers to provide strategies to ISPOR on bridging the gap between outcomes research and health care decisions (Health Care Strategy Council). Key issues identified by this advisory body were education/training, health policy/market force, methods/standards, information availability/access/sharing/applicability, and credibility/integrity/bias. ISPOR has implemented many educational programs and addresses methods/standards and credibility/integrity/bias through its Good Practices for Outcomes Research. However information availability/applicability/access/sharing were issues which could best be addressed by professionals who use outcomes research information to develop evidence to inform health care decision makers. Since health technology assessment informs many health care decision makers - regulatory agencies, health care payers, clinicians, hospitals, clinics, health authorities, and patient groups, the ISPOR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Roundtables in Europe and North America and networks in Latin America and Asia were formed.
The mission of the ISPOR Health Technology Assessment Council is to: