3rd HTx General Assembly – March 2021

The 3rd HTx General Assembly took place online between 24th – 25th March, with the attendance of all HTx consortium partners.

The program started with an overview of HTx’s second year and the impact of COVID-19 on the project from the coordinator, Wim Goettsch (University of Utrecht), followed by breakout sessions where consortium members could chat more informally and update each other on the past year. These sessions were followed by presentations on the work package achievements and further breakout sessions on Statistical methods and Patient Centricity within HTx. As always, it was a great pleasure to have Leslie Pibouleau, HTx’s project manager at the European Commission, with us, who gave an update on the new Horizon Europe and Innovative Health Initiative programs to the consortium.

During the two-day event, work package leaders and case study holders had an allocated timeslot to update all the attendants about the progress and challenges. Once again, PhD students involved within the HTx had the chance to present and receive feedback on their work in a series of Flash talks.

A new element of the General Assembly was the HTA Café, where representatives of NICE (United Kingdom), ZIN (The Netherlands) and TLV (Sweden) gave presentations on the current trends of health technology assessment.

The HTx project strongly relies on collaboration between work packages, the implementation and transferability of research findings, case study development, and generalisation of the findings from said case studies. Such events, therefore, are of great importance, as they give researchers the chance to share ideas and set the path for next-generation health technology assessment.

We would like to thank all our colleagues who participated and presented at the event, and Estefania Callado, our project manager from Synapse, for organising and managing the meeting.