BC Health Technology Review
The BC Health Technology Review 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.