Health Technology Assessment, Evidence Reviews, and Evaluation
HTA Unit Services
The IHE’s HTA Unit conducts a comprehensive range of high-quality, relevant, and timely HTA products, tools and services to support evidence-informed decision-making at various levels in the health system locally, nationally, and internationally. Projects can be tailored to address a broad spectrum of topics to support clinical decision-making, policy, licensing and reimbursement, commissioning of health technologies, and clinical guideline development.
Below is a brief overview of what services (with examples for each) our HTA branch can offer you.
Health Evidence Reviews
Health evidence reviews provide balanced, critical analysis on how health care services can be delivered more effectively and efficiently in a certain part of the health care system, and/or for a specific disease or condition We have significant expertise in synthesizing evidence on effectiveness, safety, cost-effectiveness, and best and/or real-world practices of new innovations, as well as the associated ethical and social implications in their application or use.
- link to example 1 here
- link to Example 2 here
Health Evidence Reviews may be completed in 6 to 12 months (project timelines are an estimate only and may vary depending on the scope of the question under investigation).
Rapid Evidence Reviews
The IHE produces a wide range of rapid evidence reviews. Rapid reviews are succinct reports with expedited turnaround time. There is an increasing demand for rapid reviews both in and out of Alberta, as these review provide high quality evidence and analysis on a health technology, and are ideal when you or your organization need a snap-shot analysis of a health technology without going through the full HTA process.
- Gainsharing and shared savings strategies in the healthcare setting: Evidence for effectiveness – 18 November 2016
- Endovenous thermal ablation interventions for symptomatic varicose veins of the legs – An update – 22 February 2016
Rapid Evidence Reviews may be completed in 7 days to 6 months (project timelines are an estimate only and may vary depending on the scope of the question under investigation).
Environmental scans examine the implementation and or operation of existing programs or services to identify variations in use and barriers and enablers to effective implementation and operation. They combine literature reviews with surveys and interviews to map the current environment.
- Initiatives to accelerate the diagnostic phase of cancer care: An environmental scan – 25 October 2018
- Example 2 here
The timeline for an Environmental Scan is variable and depends on the topic under examination.
Examples: same as above
Systematic Reviews may be completed in 6 to 12 months (project timelines are an estimate only and may vary depending on the scope of the question under investigation).
STE Reports were produced by the HTA Unit for Alberta Health through the former Alberta Health Technologies Decision Process. These reports examine the Social and Systems Demographics, Technology of Effects and Effectiveness, and Economic Analysis for a health technology.
- Endovascular therapy for acute ischemic stroke – 24 August 2017
- Newborn blood spot screening for galactosemia, tyrosiemia type I, homocystinuria, sickle cell anemia, sickle cell/beta-thalassemia, sickle cell/hemoglobin C disease and severe combined immunodeficiency – 23 March 2016
STE Reports may be completed in 90 days (project timelines are an estimate only and may vary depending on the scope of the question under investigation).