The pan-Canadian Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Collaborative (the Collaborative) was formed in 2011 to share best practices, minimize duplication of effort through the sharing of information, and identify and contribute to joint initiatives in the assessment of health technologies (medical devices, procedures, and diagnostics). Fostering collaboration among regional HTA producers is promoted as a core value and guiding principle of the Collaborative. The Collaborative engages collectively to enhance the development and use of HTA in Canada to improve patient outcomes and health system sustainability. To accomplish this, the Collaborative brings together representatives from provincial and pan-Canadian HTA producers.
The direction of the pan-Canadian HTA Collaborative is overseen by a steering committee composed of senior executives from the British Columbia Health Technology Assessment Office (BC-HTAO), CADTH, the Institute of Health Economics (IHE), Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS), and Ontario Health (OH). The steering committee oversees the identification of the strategic priorities of the Collaborative. Engagement with and participating in Collaborative initiatives is not restricted to those subsequently named. Involvement from all regional HTA producers is encouraged and it is expected that participation will depend on the availability of appropriate staff and interest in a given initiative. The formation and functioning of individual working groups are overseen by an operations committee. Secretariat support for the Collaborative is provided by CADTH.
Collaborative members identified several potential joint initiatives that represent areas related to the development and use of HTA in Canada within which a collaborative approach may be beneficial. These joint initiatives are operationalized through working groups that report to the operations committee.
Three priority initiatives are currently underway: