Dr Leandro Pecchia, LP Chair of the HTAD, participating to the meeting the First IFMBE African Biomedical Engineering (BME) Forum, (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2nd – 3th March, 2018). This was a kick-off meeting of the first African Scientific Society of BME.
2nd Summer School on HTA which is organised by the HTA Division of IFMBE
Dr Pecchia represented the IFMBE HTAD in Ginevra. IFMBE is an ONG in official relations with WHO and is entitled to present motions to the WHO General Assembly. Dr Pecchia is the focal point for WHO-IFMBE relations regrading HTA of Medical Devices
IFMBE Division Chair, Dr Pecchia, organised a pannel at the HTAi annual meeting 2017 on Patient Involvment in HTA
Medical devices are dependent on users and some are designed to be used directly by patients. This panel contributed to the ongoing debate on how to capture and integrate the patient’s view while performing HTA of medical devices and how this can help inform the design of future medical devices, as well as learning from low and middle income countries (LMIC) experiences.
Dr Pecchia was invited to give an invited talk on Health Technology Assessment of medical devices in a panel organized by Prof Tammy Clifford, Vice-President of the Canadian Agency of Technology Assessment (CADTH). Approaches to the assessment of medical devices differs from that for drugs, and also differs across the various phases of the technology lifecycle. This session showcased several recent initiatives that support a lifecycle approach to technology assessment, and highlight linkages to HTA.