Health Technology Assessment: Development and Future

Health Technology Assessment: Development and Future

Lise Lund Haheim (Norwegian Knowledge Center for the Health Services, Norway) and Berit Morland (Norwegian Knowledge Center for the Health Services, Norway)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-988-5.ch003
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Abstract

Scientific publications in medical fields are rapidly increasing and are overwhelming in numbers. This poses a challenge to health authorities, and health professionals who need knowledge to make informed decisions in finding the best evidence for treatment and practice in the health provision to the public. They need an accessible system that handle the information flow using a systematic approach. This applies to developing and industrialized countries alike. The rapid development of health technologies with the introduction of new drugs, devices, and complex treatment modalities to achieve better health outcomes increases the need for evaluation of the treatment effect. This chapter illustrates how the health service handles the information flow utilizing information technology, and the great benefit that is gained by this methodology.

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