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SSHSPH Professional Updates by Dr Yot Teerawattananon on 'No Health Without HTA: A Short Story Of HITAP In Thailand And Beyond'

Date Of Event: 
Friday, November 3, 2017

About the speaker:

As a medical doctor and health economist by training, Yot Teerawattananon is a founding leader of the Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Programme (HITAP), a semi-autonomous public agency under the Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health. The works of HITAP have been used to inform policy decisions regarding the adoption of medicines, vaccines, medical devices, health promotion and disease prevention programmes under the Universal Health Coverage Scheme. He is also a member of WHO’s Immunization and Vaccine-Related Implementation Research Advisory Committee (IVIR-AC), the Scientific Advisory Group to WHO on R&D Blueprint, and the Executive Board of the international Decision Support Initiative (iDSI). He published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and some book chapters. He and his team at HITAP have been provided technical support for HTA capacity building in Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Myanmar, the Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Currently, Yot is the president of the HTAsiaLink, a regional network comprising of more than 30 health technology assessment agencies throughout Asia and Pacific region.


Health technologies in the form of medicines, medical devices, vaccines, procedures and systems result from the application of organized knowledge and skills to solve health problems and improve the quality of life. It is one of the six building blocks of a health system and consumes most of health financial resources in low- and middle income countries. Although health technologies offer benefits in terms of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, they can be harmful when used inappropriately. For example, there has been overutilization of health technologies due to skewed market incentives, lack of knowledge or misinformation among other factors.
This presentation describes how health technology assessment (HTA) can help ensure safe and effective use of these technologies. It also reveals how HTA has emerged as an important tool to set priorities for universal health coverage or public health polies in many countries. Through many interesting case studies from countries in the Asia Pacific region, audiences will understand the potential, limitations, political economy and future of HTA in Asia.


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