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About HTAsiaLink

HTAsiaLink is a collaborative regional network consisting of HTA agencies in the Asia region. The network focuses on strengthening competency in HTA research by providing collaboration platforms to accelerate information and resource sharing among member organisations. HTAsiaLink also focuses on raising the awareness of HTA utilization and its benefits, as well as promoting integration of HTA evidence into policy decisions.

Since its establishment in 2010, the network now consists of 24 agencies from 15 countries including Australia, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Beyond the Asia region, NICE International have also participated in the network as an associate member organization.

For more information about HTAsiaLink, please visit http://www.htasialink.org.

 

About the conference

The 2016 Conference, co-organised by the Singapore Ministry of Health, the Health Services Research department of the Eastern Health Alliance and the SingHealth Duke-NUS Health Services Research Institute, serves as a catalyst platform to convene similar HTA agencies in the region to facilitate exchange of knowledge and will feature plenary lectures by key international experts and regional thought leaders. This conference also provides opportunities for junior staff of each member organisation to present their abstracts to a panel of expert commentators where in-depth feedback will be provided.

This year’s theme focuses on “The role of health technology assessment in ensuring value for public investment”.

The Asia-Pacific region, which is home to half of the world’s elderly population, faces the double burden of chronic and infectious disease among aging populations. Additionally, the rapid emergence of new and expensive drugs coupled with the growing public expectations for accessing such treatments at an affordable level led to the pressure of delivering high quality healthcare with constrained public funds. These conditions heighten the importance of evidence-based decision making for resource allocation and strategic planning of policymakers and other key stakeholders.