Launched in Rio de Janeiro in June 2011, the Health Technology Assessment Network of the Americas (Red de Evaluación de Tecnologías en Salud de las Américas – RedETSA) is a nonprofit network formed by ministries of health, regulatory authorities, health technology assessment agencies, collaborating centers of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), and research and education institutions in the Region of the Americas. RedETSA has 17 countries represented by 34 institutions, aiming to strengthen and promote the evaluation process of technologies in the Americas, enabling the exchange of information, to support decision-making on the regulation, incorporation, use, and replacement of such technologies. The network runs online meetings and plans online educational programs.
- Identify the status of HTA in the Region, at national, sub-Regional, and Regional levels, and the priorities in order to facilitate cooperation among countries and institutions through networking;
- Facilitate access to information through the RedETSA’S Community of Practice on the Platform on Access and Innovation for Health Technologies (PRAIS*);
- Strengthen human resources, including assessment teams and decision-makers, in the use of HTA;
- Promote best practices in HTA;
- Promote technical cooperation among institutions (national, sub-regional, and global);
- Reducing information asymmetries and improving the processes of decision-making;
- Stimulate the consolidation of local HTA networks and their synergy with RedETSA.
Our objectives will help to improve the quality of patient care, safety and the rational use of technologies, as well as contribute to the sustainability of health systems while ensuring equity in access.