The Conference was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, the World Health Organization, ministries of health and healt insurance funds of the CIS countries, the Eurasian Economic Collegium, members of the Federation Council, representatives of federal executive authorities, regional public authorities of the Russian Federation, foreign and international health technology assessment organizations (HTAi, EUnetHTA, INAHTA), the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) as well as leading medical experts, members of scientific and professional organizations, and mass media.
In her welcoming address, T. Kusaiko noted that the Federation Council and its Committee on Social Policy invest and will continue investing their maximum efforts to execute measures aimed at introducing the system of health technology assessment. “We have the Healthcare Expert Board at the Committee on Social Policy of the Federation Council which is actively working in this direction. Being in close coordination with our expert community and relying on specialists’ opinion, we will further contribute to the establishing of a legal framework for implementing health technology assessment in all healthcare sectors,” the Senator emphasized.
D. Kostennikov, State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Health of the Russian Federation, said that the Ministry of Health traditionally pays great attention to developing relations with our immediate neighbor countries – CIS members – in the field of healthcare first of all. The Ministry sees significant prospects in enhancing integration processes and will do its best on its part to develop them on the basis of mutual respect and consideration of mutual interests. Presently the Russian Federation is changing its legislation on implementing clinical guidelines. According to D. Kostennikov, changes in the legislative environment contribute to the developing of effective, safe and economically rational healthcare system; however it should be noted that the establishing of such system is impossible without HTA tools which ensure fair assessment of data on medical interventions and rational allocation of healthcare system resources in the context of limited finance. This approach is implemented in Russia for the first time and this will promote accumulation of helpful experience for other countries.
Other participants who addressed the audience with their welcoming speech were Senior Advisor and Expert for Public Healthcare, WHO representative Amélie Schmitt; Head of the Center for Rational Use of Drugs and Medical Technologies of the Republican Center for Health Development of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan Adlet Tabarov; Head of the Department for Healthcare Policy and Reforms of the Center for Public Healthcare and Reforms of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Azerbaijan Nabil Seyidov, Director of the Academy of Medical Sciences of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Tajikistan Alijon Gaibov; Chief External Specialist for Pharmacology of the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic Aida Zurdinova; senior researcher of the laboratory for standardization fundamentals and health technology assessment of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Health Technologies, Informatization, Management and Economics of Public Health, Minsk, the Republic of Belarus, Irina Kozhanova.
In his presentation, General Director of the Center for Healthcare Quality Assessment and Control of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation Vitaly Omelyanovskiy pointed out the importance of international cooperation in implementation and development of the HTA institution. “It’s gratifying to note that the subject of health technology assessment development is discussed with the participation of representatives of the CIS member countries. This demonstrates that our countries have started to recognize the necessity of establishing expert assessment institution to ensure informed decision-making in healthcare. In Russia this trend has been supported at the legislative level, which has been reflected in the introducing of the comprehensive assessment regulation. In order to enforce this regulation, according to the instruction of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation an organization has been established whose responsibility is conducting comprehensive health technology assessment. Russia’s experience may serve as an example of implementing HTA for other CIS countries. Besides, I would like to emphasize that we have established the Working Group for HTA harmonization and development including CIS representatives. As a result of the Conference the list of its members will be extended to include all nine CIS countries and a roadmap for HTA integration and harmonization in these countries will be developed,” informed Vitaly Omelyanovskiy.
The international experience of HTA integration was presented by Chair of the Executive Board of the European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) Niklas Hedberg discussing effectiveness and achievements of the European Network in HTA; Scientific Advisor of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Irina Voicechovskaya focusing on the role and place of clinical guidelines in the UK healthcare; First President of the Health Technology Assessment International Alicia Granados speaking about global HTA evolution in fast-developing healthcare; Professor of the Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo Norway, representative of the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) Per Olav Vandvic presenting global achievements in the developing and implementing of clinical guidelines; and representative of the Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo Norway and the MAGIC Evidence Ecosystem Foundation Linn Brandt demonstrating digital ‘live’ Cochrane systematic reviews and reliable clinical guidelines.
Panel discussion on “Organization and Funding of Oncological Aid: Best World Practices” was held within the Conference. The session “Main directions of improving the training of medical personnel for oncological care” was opened by the Deputy Minister of Health of the Russian Federation Tatiana Semenova. In her presentation “Human resourcing in medical care” she pointed out the importance of revising the educational standard and using the multidisciplinary approach to train young professionals. One of the participants of the round table was the Deputy Head of the Analytical Center under the Government of the Russian Federation Nelly Naigovzina who spoke about approaches to improving oncological aid effectiveness. Other speakers were WHO Advisor, Global Special Advisor of the Fund City Cancer Challenge Rolando Camacho Rodriguez, Professor, Head of the Cancer Institute, Soroka Medical Center & Ben-Gurion University in Israel Nir Peled, Professor of the School of Public Health of the Seoul National University, President of the Korean Health Economics Association Soonman Kwon, Scientific Co-ordinator of the Innovative Partnership for Action against Cancer, the National Institute of Public Health, Slovenia Tit Albreht.
In the end its participants signed a resolution addressing their proposals to the professional community of the CIS member countries, CIS governments, the Federation Council, the State Duma, the Government of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, and heads of highest executive authorities of the regions of the Russian Federation.
Conference presentations are available here http://conf-hta.ru/Moscow-27-28-JUNE-2019.html