BC Health Technology Assessment

The BC Health Technology Assessment is a joint ministry and health authority process used to make evidence-informed decisions about which health technologies (devices, diagnostics and clinical procedures) should be publicly provided in the province.

Technologies considered are predominantly hospital based and expected to have a significant patient and/or health system impact. The overall goals are to help ensure health technologies are assessed or reassessed in a co-ordinated and consistent manner informed by the available evidence and British Columbians receive the best health care that the province can afford.

The process has three main phases:

  1. Topic Identification and Prioritization – Topics (e.g., new or existing non-drug, non-IT technologies) are selected by the Health Technology Assessment Committee on an annual basis through a call for topics process, although topics may be submitted for consideration by the committee at any time during the year.

    Suggestions on what new or existing technologies would benefit from a Health Technology Assessment are welcome. In order to nominate a topic, please download and fill this form (PDF, 151KB). Please send it via email to the Health Technology Review Office (HTA.Office@gov.bc.ca) before December 31 in order to be considered for the next fiscal year.
     
  2. Technology Appraisal – Organizations with health technology assessment expertise are commissioned to review the evidence and develop a health technology assessment report on selected topics. Patient, clinician and industry input are sought throughout this process.
     
  3. Recommendations and Decision – The Health Technology Assessment Committee makes evidence-informed recommendations to a committee of senior ministry and health authority executives about whether a technology should be publicly provided.