The professor of INC’s Master degree in Health Technology Assessment Anete Trajman has just published a Systematic Review on the Impact of Basic Health Care in Brazil. Available free in http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0182336
Call for applications- ‘Planning and Management of Health Technology’ Virtual Course
PAHO/WHO are now taking applications for the Virtual Course “Planning and Management of Health Technology.”
The course is for 14 weeks, from August 28 to December 3, 2017.
The call for applications call will remain open until July 3, 2017.
This course provides participants with a basic understanding of the principles of planning and management of health technology and the convergence of health technologies – medical devices, information systems and telecommunications; Installation, configuration and management of a clinical engineering department, and related professional activities.
The course is aimed at professionals (engineers, doctors, managers and other related specialties) who develop or wish to develop functions in areas related to biomedical technologies in the health system or in health facilities. Participants must have experience in management or administration and be responsible for tasks related to health technology.
Please find more information about the English version of the course on the following webpage: https://www.campusvirtualsp.org/sites/default/files/webfiles/onlineflyers/cvtecnsan17en/cvtecnsan17en.html
This webpage includes detailed information on the course and informs of the application process of:
- Create an account on the Virtual Campus
- Login to the Virtual Campus
- Complete the online application form
For any problems with the Virtual Campus please contact their Help Desk.
For any inquiries about the course please contact Francisco Caccavo: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘’Big data and Real World Evidence’’
On Friday, May 26th Augusto Afonso Guerra Jr. of the General University of Minas Gerais, from the the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil, gave a presentation on “Big data and Real World Evidence “
The aim of the webinar was to explore the importance of the origin of the data in health technology assessments. The webinar discussed the difference between randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and real-world evidence (RWE) in the use of administrative and epidemiological databases to measure effectiveness. Although RWE can be very complex, it provides an understanding of health settings which is difficult to achieve through RCTs. This RWE could serve to ensure that health systems are achieving the expected results through the incorporation of health technologies. Afonso Guerra Jr. used a case study from Brazil of Big Data in the evaluation of health technologies.
The webinar is available at the following link: https://youtu.be/Xakk0G2td7U
*The presentation is in Portuguese, without translation.*
New partnership – RedETSA & Ministry of Health, Panama
RedETSA wants to welcome its new member: Ministry of Health, Panama. This new addition to the Network brings the total number of institutions member to 32 in 15 different countries throughout the Americas.
The Ministry of Health’s mission is to ‘Ensure access to comprehensive care through public health services, humanized at all levels of intervention, based on the primary care strategy, and the development of the functions of rectorship, management & transformation, favoring equity, efficiency and quality with warmth during care, ensuring the processes of transparency in the use of resources and the development of health actions with citizen participation, in building the necessary conditions for the social production of health. ‘ They have recognized the need to create a Health Technologies Assessment Unit in order to improve its management in the area of medicines and supplies and other health technologies, and has thus joined RedETSA as their first step.
RedETSA is confident that the inclusion of the Ministry of Health will strengthen the network and its HTA activities in the region.
The next Brazilian Congress of Epidemiology offers pre-congress courses with low cost and topics of interest to ATS. We highlight:
1- Strategies to Improve the Visibility of Scientific Activities and Expand the Impact of Research (Juliana Reis – Fiocruz)
2 – Writing and Scientific Publishing (Prof. Mauricio Pereira – UnB and Leila Posenato Garcia – Ipea)
3 – Review of Scientific Articles (Prof. Leopoldo Antunes – USP and Prof. Maria Amelia Veras – FCMSCSP)
4 – Maximize the Impact of your Research and Attract Collaborations: Use Reporting Guidelines for the Writing of Research Papers (Iveta Simera – Univ Oxford and EQUATOR Network) – this course will be in English
5 – Contemporary Topics on Scientific Integrity and Ethics in Publications (Sonia Vasconcelos – UFRJ)
6- How to write and publish scientific articles (Laura Rodrigues – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
7-Evidence-Based Guidelines – Arn Migowski, Airton Stein and Marisa Santos – INC
The complete list of courses is available at: http://epi.org.br/cursos/index.php#topo
Registration will be limited to the first registrants, within the number of vacancies offered.
New partnership – RedETSA & the Collaborating Center of the SUS for Health Technology Assessment and Excellence (CCATES) / Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)
RedETSA wants to welcome its new member: el Centro Colaborador do SUS para Avaliação de Tecnologias e Excelência em Saúde (CCATES)/ Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) of Brasil. new addition to the Network brings the total number of institutions member to 31 in 14 different countries throughout the Americas.
CCATES at UFMG is a center of scientific and technical cooperation, Its role is to develop projects in the areas of epidemiology, pharmacovigilance and health economics, to train professionals to promote the qualification of the Unified Health System and to promote the production and dissemination of independent and non-profit scientific evidence.
RedETSA is confident that the inclusion of CCATES/UFMG will strengthen the network and its HTA activities in the region.
‘’Health Technology Management Webinars’’
The Health Technology Program at PAHO/HQ has collaborated with Tobey Clark, Director of Technical Services Partnership at University of Vermont in order to deliver two Health Technology Management Webinars.
The first webinar was on May 15, 2017, titled Health Technology Planning and Management. The webinar highlighted the basic understanding of the principles of healthcare technology planning and management – assessment, budgeting, acquisition, deployment, education/training, patient safety, maintenance, and replacement/disposal. Planning and management focused on medical devices, clinical information systems, and converged systems incorporating medical devices, networks and telecommunications.
To access a recording of the event please click here: https://youtu.be/uCuV2qe3H_4
The second webinar, titled Medical Equipment Maintenance, was on May 22, 2017. It covered topics that gave an overview and scope of medical equipment maintenance including topics on technician and service supervision, medical equipment repair, acceptance, performance testing, maintenance procedures, service contract management, maintenance software, parts, inventory management, and technical library / service documentation management.
To access a recording of the event please click here: https://youtu.be/0FLJZE7eC30
*The Webinars are in English, without translation.*
New partnership – RedETSA & Centro Universitario de Farmacología de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata (CUFAR)
RedETSA wants to welcome its new member: Centro Universitario de Farmacología de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata (CUFAR). This new addition to the Network brings the total number of institutions member to 30 in 14 different countries throughout the Americas.
CUFAR is an academic unit belonging to the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the National University of La Plata, Argentina. CUFAR has also been a Collaborating Center of WHO and PAHO since 2004.
CUFAR carries out activities aimed at strengthening the training in pharmacotherapy of students and physicians in service, which was extended to the members of Pharmacoterapeutic Committees. It also provides advice to Ministries of Health in Latin America and the Caribbean on various aspects related to the drug, such as preparation and updating of Drug Lists, therapeutic forms and therapeutic guides.
RedETSA is confident that the inclusion of CUFAR will strengthen the network and its HTA activities in the region.
“Health technology disinvestment – the case of Insulin Glargine in Ecuador”
On Friday, April 21st, at 11 am (Washington D.C.), Christian Gavilanes Castellanos, Andrea Sánchez and Ruth Lucio, from the Ministry of Health, Ecuador, gave a presentation on “Health technology disinvestment – the case of Insulina Glargina in Ecuador . ”
The aim of the webinar was to explore the issue of disinvestment, which is a potential outcome of HTA, and how it can provide greater access to the population to technologies that demonstrate efficacy and safety. The presentation provided an example of the experience of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Public Health in divesting in Insuline Glargine.
In 2015, after the modification of criteria for inclusion of active principles in the National Basic Medicines Chart (el Cuadro Nacional de Medicamentos Básicos, CNMB in Spanish), a review was made of several drugs that had been included in previous versions, including Insulin Glargine. Based on new scientific evidence, it was concluded that the efficacy of GI is similar to that of drugs already incorporated for the same indication. Based on these conclusions, Insulin Glargine was divested and its exclusion from CNMB.”
The webinar is available at the following link:
*The presentation will be delivered in Spanish, without translation.*