2nd Summer School on Health Technology Assessment & Medical Devices

28th – 30th September 2017

University of Patras, Greece

The 2nd Summer School addresses early career researchers including PhD students as well as academics with a technical background, who are working on healthcare technologies, and moreover it is open also to the manufacturing sector. The aim is to provide theoretical and practical multidisciplinary training on HTA, focusing on Medical Devices. This will include methodology, modelling, mathematics, practical training and relevant case studies.

Attendants will learn principles, methods and how to use tools to perform their activities, maximising the uptake and impact of their research outcomes. In fact, informing the research and the design of new healthcare technologies with scientific methods for early stage HTA will have a considerable impact on a number of important elements (i.e. cost-effectiveness, ethical issues) during the research process, when with small changes it is possible to achieve big results!

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial structured process aiming to inform decisions regarding healthcare technologies at different levels: from hospital level (i.e. inform the acquisition of costly medical devices), to Regional/National level (i.e. recommend the adoption of a new healthcare technology to the NHS), or international levels (i.e. inform large-scale prevention/intervention campaigns).


The definition of health technology is very broad and refers to any application of organised knowledge and skills in the form of medicines, medical devices, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of life. Nevertheless, to date the majority of HTA training activities and materials are more focused on drugs (i.e. less on medical devices or ICT applications for healthcare) and oriented to medical doctors, health economists and pharmacologists.

Although several training activities have been developed for the above mentioned professionals, there is a lack of training opportunities specifically oriented to biomedical engineers (BME), clinical engineers and medical physicists, who are daily involved in the design, validation, selection, maintenance and use of healthcare technologies, and particularly medical devices and eHealth. This lack of training has recently been raised by international organisations including the WHO, IUPESM, IFMBE and EAMBES.

day 1

Introduction to health economics and HTA

  • Principles of evidence-based medicine
  • EBM synthesis: meta-analysis
  • Principles of health economy
  • Utility and quality of life
  • The use of multi-criteria decision analysis in early health technology assessment
  • Practicals

day 2

HTA of medical devices

  • Medical devices versus drugs:
    1. The Industry of Medical Devices: key features
    2. The Regulation of Medical Devices
    3. Challenges in Assessing Medical Devices
  • Case studies of HTA on Medical Devices
  • Practical: Guided analysis of 1 or 2 HTA reports on relevant medical devices
  • Selection of priority Medical Devices
  • Institutional HTA: the European perspective

day 3

Pre-market HTA of medical devices

  • Intro: how to inform the next steps of R&D with the best available evidence
  • Methods for early HTA, pre-market HTA, predictive HTA
  • The role of BME to develop appropriate technologies for low and middle income countries and settings
  • Cases & tools: relevant cases from literature will be presented
  • Practical: training session using a free-tool

Program Committee

  • Leandro Pecchia (Chair), Chairman of the HTA Division of IFMBE, School of Engineering, University of Warwick.
  • Nicolas Pallikarakis (Co-Chair), President of the Institute of Biomedical Technology (INBIT), Patras.
  • Christopher James, Editor-in-Chief of the IET Healthcare Technology Letters, School of Engineering, University of Warwick.
  • Marjan Hummel, Secretary of the HTA Division of IFMBE, Philips Healthcare.
  • Rosanna Tarricone, Director of Centre for Health and Social Care Management (CERGAS) at Bocconi University.
  • Ernesto Iadanza, Chairman of the IFMBE Clinical Engineering Division, Chairman of the Education and Training IUPESM Committee.

The school is endorsed by:

the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Science

the Institute of Biomedical Technology

the University of Patras, Greece

the University of Warwick, UK

The deadline for applications to the summer school has been extented until the

September 20th 2017

How to Register
Please complete all the following cells and state your interests and background.

Registration Fees
Participants need to pay a registration fee of 150 EUR if they are Students and 250 EUR if they are non-Students. Registration fee will cover daily light lunches, coffee breaks, one dinner and all related material. Maximum number of accepted participants will be 30 persons.

Please do not proceed to the money transfer before you receive our notification of acceptance!

The 2nd Summer School on HTA will offer registration fee reimbursement for 10 students! The procedure will take place upon completion of the event.

Account for registration fees
IBAN GR 60 0110 2290 0000 2295 4000 232   (National Bank of Greece)
Please specify your full name in the bank transfer followed by HTA SS!


For any additional information and queries please contact roy@inbit.gr (Kallirroi Stavrianou) and bitu@upatras.gr