Welcome Message from the ISPC Co-Chairs
It is with great pleasure to welcome you all to the 16th HTAi´s Annual Meeting to be held in Cologne, Germany, on June 15 – 19, 2019.
2019 sees HTA on the edge of a new decade. This refers not only to the year, but to emerging challenges within the HTA community: trends for harmonisation and standardisation are confronted by progressive digitalisation, disruptive innovations, and the questioning of established evidence requirements. The European proposal for “HTA after 2020” might stand exemplarily for the important strategic efforts to strengthen HTA in the new decade. In 2019 we will have a good idea about the results of this proposal and its possible impact leading into the HTAi Annual Meeting:
HTA beyond 2020: Ready for a New Decade?
The main theme is supplemented by three plenaries:
- HTA Beyond 2020: One Size Fits All? Will joint international assessments improve or hinder HTA?
- HTA Beyond 2020: Era of Digital Health?
- HTA Beyond 2020: Need for Smart Capability Building?
In 2019 we welcome you to Cologne, the lively city on the Rhine. Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany, located in the heart of the country. In combination with the nearby former German Capital Bonn, Cologne is one of the scientific hotspots in Germany: 14 universities, established research institutions and many international companies can be found in and around Cologne. This guarantees incredible opportunities for knowledge transfer and is reflected in the various interdisciplinary approaches, cooperation and international high-class conferences that are found there. Cologne’s infrastructure couldn’t be better for an international exchange: three main international airports are less than an hour away and the city is on one of the main German intersections of Western Europe’s rail and motorway system. In addition, Cologne’s cultural heritage, outstanding recreational opportunities, and the openminded, welcoming nature of its citizens imbue the city with a powerful magnetism.
Join us in beautiful Cologne as we push forward towards a new decade for HTA. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you.
Jasmine & Alric
Co-Chairs, HTAi 2019 International Scientific Program Committee (ISPC)