Between 13 and 15 May 2013, more than 60 people from 10 South East Asian countries, as well as the United Kingdom, North America and Brazil, came together for the second annual meeting of HTAsiaLink. HTAsiaLink is a network – launched two years ago – with the objective of supporting collaboration between Asian Health Technology Assessment (HTA) agencies.
This year’s meeting included over 15 abstract presentations by junior researchers - some of them presenting for the first time - all focused on real problems faced by decision makers in their countries and linked to decisions not only on technologies but also services and broader policies. Indeed, HTA is used in its broadest definition, to include health services and programmes, beyond individual drug appraisals underpinned by complex models.
The plenary was given by Professor Tony Culyer (York and Toronto) the Founding Vice Chair of the UK’s NICE.