HTA connections

9 Aug

In our blog at AQuAS, we have spoken about the European EUnetHA project, of the arthroplasty registry of Catalonia, of the paradigm shifts in acute stroke care and of melatonin.

Let us begin with EUnetHA, a European project made up of different institutions working towards joining forces and methodologies to avoid duplicities with the aim of providing, adapting and sharing useful knowledge for health systems. When we speak of HTA, we are basically speaking about assessment.

Emmanuel Giménez highlighted that in a world of constant change a robust system is needed in terms of method which is at the same time agile and which can adapt to the speed of innovations.

“The identification and prioritisation of products to be assessed (the Horizon Scanning system), as well as the balance between innovation and divestment, are also extensively discussed subjects and under continuous debate”

Marta Millaret focused on the aspect of communication and dissemination in a project because although doing is important, explaining and sharing what is being done is equally so.

“Involvement in dissemination means getting the people that work on a project to disseminate both their work and their project at the same time. In this way, everyone stands to gain”

We continue with the Arthroplasty Registry of Catalonia, a tool of the health system with an impact on a large part of the population.

In an interview with Olga Martínez and Xavier Mora, aspects of the suitability and prognosis of arthroplasties were discussed, and in particular, they shed light on the value of registries.

“Arthroplasty registries can help detect models of prosthesis with a malfunction, both in the short and long term, and identify the patients who have received these implants”

Precisely this summer, two reports from the AQuAS have been published thanks to the registries.

We wanted more so we held a second interview with Olga Martínez and Xavier Mora. On this occasion, we put the spotlight on the materials used in making prostheses.

“The new European legislation passed in 2016, regarding implants used in health, aims to increase the supervision of the industry by implementing stricter norms and regulations including the obligation of clinical assessment, while at the same time fostering innovation in this field”

Moving on to another subject. Knowledge advances, which has implications in medical practice. An example is this text by Sònia Abilleira which shows a paradigm shift forcing one to rethink organised systems of care for people with acute stroke.

“This recentralising tendency in carrying out endovascular treatment contrasts with the decentralisation which was done in its day to ensure an adequate access to thrombolytic therapy which by nature needs to be administered in the first 4,5 hours after the onset of symptoms”

To finish this journey, a 100% current topic: melatonin. Joan MV Pons shared his thoughts after an assessment report.

“New physiological actions of this hormone are discovered every day which means that it almost acquires the quality of a “miraculous molecule” due to its ubiquity and the number of activities in which it takes part (antioxidant, neuro-protector, anti-cancerous, immunomodulation, etc..).”

What do these initiatives, all so different from each other, have in common? The answer is assessment. Wherever, with the will to identify, analyse and use knowledge of better quality using the best methodology available while considering the context in all its complexity. This is no mean feat!

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