Health Technology Assessment

Modern technologies have been responsible for great advances in health-care delivery over the last century. However, increased reliance on these technologies has been an important contributor to rising health-care costs. This has led to an interest in evidence-based decision-making to support the induction of technologies into routine practice and evaluation of existing technologies. Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is a multi-disciplinary field that uses methods from Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Health Economics among other disciplines to summarize evidence from research studies in a form useful to policy makers.

Since 2004 I have been involved with the Technology Assessment Unit (TAU) of the McGill University Health Center (MUHC), one of the earliest hospital-based health technology assessment units.

The TAU website provides details on how the unit functions and lists all reports published by it.