HTAi 2004 Pre-conference Workshop on PET

Strategies for Managing the Diffusion of High Cost Diagnostic Technology - The Case of PET Scanning

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  1. Elizabeth Adams: General introductions
  2. John Hastings: INAHTA PET joint project survey results 
  3. Cari Almazán: Examples from CAHTA
  4. Berit S Mørland: Examples from SMM (now NOKC)
  5. Elizabeth Adams: Examples from VATAP
  6. Coffea break - snacks and beverages provided  
  7. Ian Bradbury: Examples from NHS QIS
  8. John Hastings: Examples from MSAC
  9. Elizabeth Adams: INAHTA editorial
  10. Berit S Mørland: OECD project results
  11. Open discussion

Workshop Description

Positron emission tomography (PET) is an example of a costly and popular diagnostic test with potential to improve patient care but without definitive evidence of clinical or cost effectiveness. Several agencies within INAHTA have been asked to assess the usefulness of diagnostic modalities such as PET within the context of improved health outcomes and limited health care resources, and many are implementing policy for clinical use of PET in their healthcare systems. In addition, INAHTA is conducting a joint collaboration around PET scanning.

This workshop will present: 1) survey results from the INAHTA joint project on diffusion, evaluation and policy implementation of PET within its members' healthcare systems; 2) case examples from INAHTA members of policy implementation, including assessment strategies that are helping to define PET's benefit to patient care.

The audience for this three-hour workshop will learn how healthcare systems around the world manage the introduction of costly yet popular and potentially beneficial diagnostic technologies. Attendants are encouraged to participate and share their experiences.

Chair: Liz Adams, VATAP, USA and INAHTA Board of Directors
Presenters: Cari Almazán (CAHTA, Spain); John Hastings (DHA/MSAC, Australia); Ian Bradbury (NHS QIS, Scotland); Berit Mørland (SMM, Norway); Osnat Luxenburg (MOH/ICTAHC, Israel)

Number of participants: 31