Projects

 

In order to reach the objectives for the 2015-2018, the IFMBE has assigned specific resources that the HTAD is implementing through 12 projects that reflect our 3 years-based strategy. Each project is constituted by a specific team and will deliver outcomes that contributes to the HTAD mission and to the overall IFMBE goals.

Develop HTA didactic contents specifically designed for BME, Clinical Engineers and Medical Physicists

  • Name: HTA didactic contents for Biomedical Engineers
  • Duration: 36 Months
  • Outcomes:
    1. Deliver didactic materials on HTA specifically designed for BME and CE
    2. Adapt those contents for the eLearning platform and for printing
    3. Create a repository of continuously updated HTA didactic material specifically designed for BME, which will cover:
    4. Basic material: introducing basic principles, methods and tools of HTA;
    5. Advanced material: advanced HTA methods, tools and relevant case studies;
    6. Professional material: HTA studies commissioned at micro- (hospital), meso- (Regional) or macro-level (National or supranational, i.e. WHO) will be collected and adapted for didactic purposes and to share best practices among BME.
    7. Material on HTA of medical devices in low- and middle-income contexts and will be prepared in collaboration with WHO.
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Develop, maintain and promote a Website and E-Learning Platform

  • Name: Website and E-Learning Platform
  • Duration: 8 Months
  • Outcomes:
    1. Create an entry point for general public, policy makers and clinical practitioners/researchers interested in HTA
    2. Develop a professional eLearning platform that can be used by BME in Academic, Manufacturer and Public (Hospitals, Ministries and Agencies) contexts.
    3. Develop a professional eLearning platform that can host eDictionary and eEncyclopaedia HTA contents and can be easily used from countries were the internet connection is slower or mainly mobile.
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Organise the IFMBE Summer School on HTA

  • Name: IFMBE Summer School on HTA
  • Duration: 12 Months
  • Outcomes:
    1. The second edition of the IFMBE Summer School on HTA will be organised.
    2. Additional contents on HTA will be generated to achieve the critical mass in order to organise similar event in other IFMBE Regions
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Facilitate research mobility & organization meetings to write guidelines or collaborative grants on HTA

  • Name: Student/young researchers mobility & organization of writing sessions for future grants on collaborative actions on HTA
  • Duration: 24 Months
  • Outcomes:
    1. Facilitate collaboration among HTAD members and with any other IFMBE affiliated society member by supporting short visits of young academics and students.
    2. Facilitate seeding of future projects, this project will support short visits of academics and post-grad students aiming to seed wider and potentially interesting future HTA-related projects of strategic interest for IFMBE and for the division.
    3. An Horizon2020 COST collaborative action on HTA of medical devices open to all members of national and transnational societies affiliated with the IFMBE, aiming to scale-up future IFMBE activities in HTA, by promoting the organization of congress, summer schools, guidelines and similar other initiatives on a world-wide scale.
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Maintain and promote the Journal of Clinical Engineering and Health Technology Assessment – CEHTA

  • Name: Journal of Clinical Engineering and Health Technology Assessment – CEHTA [in collaboration with CED]
  • Duration: 36 Months
  • Outcomes:
    1. At the end of the three years this will be a well-established international open-access journal on Clinical Engineers and Health Technology Assessment
    2. If possible, we will apply for indexing in Scopus and ISI in 2018 (minimum two years of regular publications are needed)
    3. Once indexed, the best possible business model to generate revenue for the IFMBE will be considered
    4. The first issue will be published in the first months of 2016.
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Grant IFMBE HTA Awards

  • Name: IFMBE HTA Awards
  • Duration: 24 Months
  • Outcomes:
    1. The HTA Division will recognize individuals and organizations that contribute to the promotion and support of BME in HTA. The prices will be:
    2. 1) IFMBE HTAD Best Paper Award, given to BME and CE publishing outstanding HTA papers to journal or conferences.
    3. 2) IFMBE HTAD Policy Award, given to policy makers or other stakeholders that gave significant contribution to the recognition of BME in HTA.
    4. 3) IFMBE HTAD Award for Outstanding Contribution will be given to recognise outstanding contributions to promote or consolidate BME involvement in HTA.
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IFMBE HTAD cooperation wiht other HTA-related Scientific Societies, Agencies and Institutions

  • Name: HTA Strategic Communication
  • Duration: 36 Months
  • Outcomes:
    1. Support the collaboration of IFMBE, and particularly of HTA Division, with other organizations, national and transnational societies, industry, government and non-governmental organizations engaged in HTA and other policy maker decisional processes affecting directly or indirectly health care and BME research and its applications
    2. Organize events (seminaries, workshops, round tables, special sessions) in non-IFMBE contexts, aiming to demonstrate the IFMBE contribution to HTA
    3. Support the participation of HTAD members to those events
    4. Appoint and support the two co-opted members (possibly past-president of HTA scientific societies) with the mandate to facilitate collaborations with other international scientific societies proactive in HTA and health technology management.
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Support and promote IFMBE studies and guidelines on HTA of medical devices

  • Name: Study on early HTA¬†and for HTA of medical devices and development of the first IFMBE guidelines for Medical Device assessment.
  • Duration: 36 Months.
  • Outcomes:
    1. Organise a focus group aiming to study the peculiarities of Medical Devices (i.e. differences form drugs) that affects their assessment
    2. Develop methodological guidelines for the involvement of BMEs in early HTA and for HTA of medical devices.
    3. Disseminate those guidelines
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HTA-related capacity building in the Low and Middle Income Countries

  • Name: HTA-related capacity building in the African region and Alignment of developing country-focus activities on HTA within IFMBE (and IUPESM).
  • Duration: 36 Months
  • Outcomes:
    1. Fostering HTA-related communication, information and capacity building in Africa in collaboration with WHO, the Southern African Health Technology Assessment Society (SAHTAS) and other organizations proactively involved in capacity building in low-income countries
    2. Scale this experience to other low-income countries
    3. Elicit specific needs low- and middle-income countries for health technology R&D, assessment and management.
    4. Align activities regarding the whole health technology life cycle from R&D (BME) through innovation to assessment (HTAD), implementation and utilisation/management (CED) with an additional focus on developing countries (WGDC).
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Monitor BME involvement in HTA

  • Name: Survey to monitor BME involvement in HTA
  • Duration: 36 Months
  • Outcomes:
    1. Develop and administer surveys to understand (1) the current status of BMEs when it comes to HTA activities, (2) BMEs needs related to HTA activities, (3) where are HTA activities being conducted and by whom? This will help the HTAD build a network and understand stakeholder needs
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Promote HTA in IFMBE Conferences

  • Name: Promote HTA in IFMBE Conferences
  • Duration: 36 Months
  • Outcomes:
    1. Organization of tracks, special sessions, workshop, round table, seminaries and other similar activities during the forthcoming IFMBE Conferences.
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WHO Promote HTAD collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) [in collaboration with CED; HTAD; WG_DC; IFMBE OFFICERS]

  • Name: WHO Internships [in collaboration with CED; HTAD; WG_DC; IFMBE OFFICERS]
  • Duration: 36 Months
  • Outcomes:
    1. Reinforce collaboration between IFMBE and WHO on HTM & HTA, with specific focus on medical devices and HTA for emerging countries. Following the proposal and decisions of the last AC meeting in Taiwan.
    2. Provide the opportunity to young Biomedical Engineers from all over the World to benefit from a unique experience at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva under the guidance of Adrianna Velasquez.
    3. Support the IFMBE in providing the WHO the required HTA competences, knowledge and expertise that are present in the Division.
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