The Italian HTA Society (SIHTA) has recently published a Position Paper which aims at indicating a possible evolution of the HTA activities carried out in Italy.
This represents a proposal for a homogeneous organizational model that could lead to the definition of an “Italian HTA System“, strategically conceived for the management of health technologies, as a new benefit for the NHS.
The SIHTA proposal which summarizes the structure and governance of a possible future National HTA Agency (AIHTA) is summarized in the following points:
- Establishment of the ITALIAN AGENCY OF HTA (AIHTA) which must consider the entire world of healthcare technologies as its domain of interest (Medical Devices, Biomedical Equipment, ICT-IA Tools, Medicines, Procedures, Organizational Models, LEA , PDTA, etc.).
- Establishment of the HTA REGIONAL UNITS (NRHTA) capable of gathering and enhancing the skills and needs of the various structures of excellence in its territory.
- Establishment of the HTA HOSPITAL UNITS (UOHTA) in the IRCCS, university hospitals (public and private), large healthcare companies and regional hub hospitals.
- Establishment of COLLABORATIVE CENTERS (CC) to support the assessment activities conducted by AIHTA and NRHTAs.
In summary, this proposal, outlines a model of direction and planning of HTA activities carried out by different institutions at various levels (from national to regional / local) in order to contribute and influence the government and innovation activities of the health technologies and also to increase the chances of patient access to the benefits guaranteed by technological innovation.