June 1-5, 2018

Strengthening the Evidence-to-Action Connection

With terms such as “fake news”, “alternative facts”, and “post-truth” now in common parlance, it is more important than ever that researchers, policymakers, health care practitioners, technology developers, patients, and the public affirm their commitment to action based on evidence and collaborative approaches that will strengthen the evidence-to-action connection. The HTAi 2018 Annual meeting will provide an unparalleled opportunity to consider, debate and clarify the role of health technology assessment (HTA) in the health care ecosystem.


With three plenary sessions that all support the conference’s overarching theme of Strengthening the Evidence-to-Action Connection, the HTAi 2018 Annual Meeting will be a must-attend event for those in the global HTA community to consider and debate:

  • how HTA needs to change its approach to generating, synthesizing and presenting evidence in order to remain relevant in a rapidly changing world;
  • what is required to enable the implementation of evidence into evidence-informed policies and practices, and
  • what can be done to strengthen and accelerate the evidence-to-action connection.

As the leading global discussion platform for all stakeholders engaged in the efficient production and use of HTAs in decision-making, HTAi supports and promotes the development, communication, understanding and use of HTA around the world as a scientifically-based and interdisciplinary means of informing decision making on the use of effective technologies and the efficient use of resources in health care. HTAi welcomes all stakeholders – patients/consumers, health care providers, academic researchers, HTA agencies, payers, policy makers, industry – to join us.


Dr. Tammy Clifford, CADTH, Canada















Dr. Alric Rüther, IQWiG, Germany

Welcome message from the ISPC Co-Chairs

HTAi 2018 – “Strengthening the Evidence-to-Action Connection”


It is with much excitement that we invite you to join us at the next HTAi Annual Meeting, to be held June 1 – 5, 2018 at The Westin Bayshore Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

This is an important meeting for the Society as it represents a dynamic platform for researchers, agencies, policy makers, industry professionals, patients and health service providers to inspire and provoke productive discussions about the future of health technology assessment. HTAi 2018 will bring together more than 1000 delegates from around the globe to discuss these latest advances in this constantly evolving field.

Where is the uncertainty in evidence for health system decision making? What insights can HTA gather from the ways in which other disciplines, such as law, think about and deal with different types of and standards for evidence? How can HTA help bridge the gap between evidence and decision-making, whether at the macro-, meso-, or micro-level? How does HTA need to change to stay relevant in a “post-truth” world? Revolving around the conference’s central theme: “Strengthening the Evidence-to-Action Connection”, these are some of the questions and issues that will be covered at HTAi 2018’s Annual Meeting.

There will be three plenary sessions at which international experts will inspire delegates to think beyond the current state of HTA and to imagine a future when all parts of the
evidence-to-action ecosystem work in harmony.


The plenaries will consider the following topics:

  • “Decision-Oriented Evidence: Uncertainties and Opportunities
  • “Bridging the Knowledge-to-Action Gap: Effective Strategies for Implementing Evidence-Informed Health Policy and Practice”
  • “Connecting the Dots: Essential Elements of an Efficient HTA Ecosystem”


The first plenary will focus on uncertainty in scientific evidence and the implications inherent in this uncertainty. The panelists will strive to provide perspectives from their own disciplines about how uncertainty is handled and how this might address concerns in the use of HTA for health system decision-making. The purpose of the second plenary will be to identify the gaps between evidence, policy and practice. This session will also examine the reasons for – and the consequences of – the disconnect between evidence, policy and practice.  It will also showcase examples of where there has been successful implementation of evidence-informed decisions, allowing us to understand what has been required to bridge knowledge-to-action gap.  Finally, the third plenary will explore what is needed to enable an effective, efficient and sustainable
evidence-to-action ecosystem. It will identify examples of where this eco-system is working well, where there needs to be better efforts to “connect the dots” and what linkages need to be established. To find out more, please follow this Link.

If you need additional inspiration while in Vancouver, all you’ll need to do is take a look around; the scenery is breathtaking with the ocean at your doorstep and snow-capped mountains in the distance. Vancouver is consistently ranked amongst the top cities in the world in which to live – join us and you’ll see why.  In addition to the stimulating conference programme, you will be able to participate in ongoing celebrations around Canada’s 150th anniversary and discover Canada’s linguistic, cultural and regional diversity, as well as its rich history and heritage. In Vancouver, you will also have opportunities to engage in vibrant, interactive programming of traditional and contemporary performances, arts and crafts, culture, fashion, feasts, music and multi-media. Stay abreast of upcoming events in Vancouver here.

HTAi 2018 is the place to be for all those engaged in the HTA ecosystem. Join us in picturesque Vancouver to meet with colleagues, exchange ideas and expertise, and foster new collaborations.  Together, we can strengthen the evidence-to-action ecosystem, guiding the timely, equitable and appropriate use of interventions that improve the health of our citizens, and of our health care systems.

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

International Scientific Programme Committee Co-Chairs – HTAi 2018 Annual Meeting
Dr. Tammy Clifford, CADTH, Canada
Dr. Alric Rüther, IQWiG, Germany


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Posted Wed, Nov 15 2017

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Posted Tue, Oct 31 2017

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