Title of Presentation
“Health Technology Assessment for reimbursement decisions: European Collaboration and national (Austrian) experiences”
Date and Place
Born 1960. Studies of communications and psychology at the University of Vienna and of political sciences at the Ohio University in Athens/ Ohio/ USA. Graduation at the University of Vienna: Doctor of Philosophy in 1985. 1985-1988 Research Associate on “media impact on cognitions” at the Institute for Communications and Political Science at the University of Nuremberg/ Germany and other freelance media impact research projects. 1989-2006: Senior Researcher at the Institute of Technology Assessment (ITA) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and development in the research field Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in Austria. Director of Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for HTA since April 2006. In 2009 habilitation in Social Medicine (Medical University Graz) on the topic of “resource allocation in health-care systems”.
Health Technology Assessment (HTA) has increasingly gained importance and is emphasized as instrument to guide health policy in rational decisions in resource allocation on health technologies including products in/for “precision” medicine (companion diagnostics). Since there is considerable overlap in topics assessed in European countries redundancies and duplications exist resulting in a waste of research resources. Therefore national authorities of Member States and HTA agencies started to collaborate in a voluntary network (EUnetHTA: the European Network for HTA). The increased collaboration in pre-coverage assessments (HTA) is perceived as threat by (some) innovators. However, the collaboration provides not only benefits to health policy and HTA-producers by increasing efficiency, but also to innovators in research and manufacturer of diagnostic devices: since joint assessments at EU level necessitate that European HTA agencies share a common set of principles and methodological approaches, the assessments become more reliable, transparent and transferable across different jurisdictions.