Aging and health technology assessment: An idea whose time has come

Don Juzwishin, Heather McNeil, Jeonghoon Ahn, Yingyao Chen, Americo Cicchetti, Naoto Kume, Laura Brooks, Paul Stolee

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Objectives: With the increase in technologies to support an aging population, health technology assessment (HTA) of aging-related technologies warrants special consideration. At Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi) 2016 and HTAi 2017, an international panel explored interests in HTA focused on aging.Methods: Panelists from five countries shared the state of aging and HTA in their countries. Opportunities were provided for participants to discuss and rate the themes identified by the panelists.Results: In 2016, the highest ranked themes were: (i) identifying unmet needs of older adults that could be met by technology - how can HTA help?; (ii) differences in assessment of aging-related technologies - what is the scope?; and (iii) involvement of older adults and caregivers. These themes became the starting point for discussion in 2017, for which the highest ranked themes were: (i) identification of challenges in HTA and aging; and (ii) approaches to advancing effectiveness of HTA for aging.Conclusion: These discussions allowed for examination of future directions for HTA and aging: engagement of older adults to inform the agenda of HTA and the broader public policy enterprise; a systems approach to thinking about needs of older persons should support the type and level of care desired by the individual rather than the health institutions, and HTA should reflect these desires when evaluating technological aides; and there is potential for health information systems and big data to support HTA activities that assess usability of technologies for older adults. We hope to build on the momentum of this community to continue exploring opportunities for aging and HTA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-446
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2018

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  • Evidence-based health care
  • Healthcare systems
  • Healthy aging
  • Technology Assessment


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