Teach the Basics of Health Technology Assessment | Blog | New


The course is made up of six learning modules and can be found on the EHDEN Academy website. The EHDEN Academy is a free learning resource, focused on providing the knowledge, skills and tools to access and use real-world evidence.

Innovative medical technologies and devices play an increasingly important role in achieving positive health outcomes and improving health efficiency. The rapid pace of transformation makes it an important and central area of ​​healthcare for the future.

The Introduction to ETS was developed by colleagues from the Science Policy and Research team and NICE International. It provides a summary of the basic concepts that underpin NICE’s guidance production activities. These include the methods we use to evaluate the clinical and economic effectiveness of health technologies, and the principle of , which reflects that money from a fixed budget can only be spent once, which forgoes the benefits of spending it on other health care activities. The course also explains how real-world evidence can be used to inform HTA-based decision-making, including potential benefits and barriers to this.

The course is maintained by the European Health Data Evidence Network (EHDEN), a research project funded by a grant from the European Initiative for Innovative Medicines, where NICE is a collaborating partner.

EHDEN aims to support the access and use of standardized real-world data from across Europe. Our involvement in this work will address the need to better use real-world data to fill evidence gaps. It also supports NICE’s strategic goal of establishing leadership in data, research and science, alongside our other research collaborations including GetReal Initiative, HARMONY and Next Generation Health Technology Assessment (HTx).

NICE’s contribution to the EHDEN Academy is an example of our commitment to international multi-stakeholder activities and cutting-edge methodological research. The official announcement is available on the EHDEN website.

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