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Institute of Medicine (US) Council on Health Care Technology; Goodman C, editor. Medical Technology Assessment Directory: A Pilot Reference To Organizations, Assessments, and Information Resources. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 1988.

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Medical Technology Assessment Directory: A Pilot Reference To Organizations, Assessments, and Information Resources.

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International Society of Technology Assessment in Health Care

Contact: Els Borst-Eilers, Secretary, and Vice Chairman, Health Council of the Netherlands, PO Box 90517, 2509 LM The Hague, Netherlands, (31-70) 47-14-41. Journal subscription and society membership: Cambridge University Press, 510 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York 10501 (for U.S. and Canada), or Cambridge University Press, Edinburgh Building, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 2RU, England (for U.K. and other countries)

The International Society of Technology Assessment in Health Care (ISTAHC) was organized in 1985 to encourage research, education, cooperation and the exchange of information concerning the clinical and social implications of technologies used in health care and to foster their optimal use.

The society has more than 400 members representing 30 countries. Members represent many disciplines, including physicians, nurses, biomedical engineers, economists, ethicists, policy analysts, sociologists, epidemiologists and hospital administrators. There are also representatives from health care insurers, the medical device industry, government, health policy institutes, universities and medical schools, and independent research organizations.

The society publishes the quarterly journal International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. Themes of various issues have included technology and the elderly, advanced technology and home health care, magnetic resonance imaging, technology in prenatal care, organ transplantation, and the implantation of artificial organs.

The principal activity of the society is its annual meeting, held alternately on different sides of the Atlantic. The society plans to convene workshops and conferences to provide forums for exchange of data and information on specific topics of international interest and to foster international collaboration.

Technological issues of interest to the society include determination of evidence for safety and efficacy, cost and cost-effectiveness, ethical aspects and access, quality of care, legal and regulatory considerations, and comparison with competing technologies. Accordingly, the society is concerned with assessment of all the implications of health care technology and the use of assessment findings to provide a rational basis for the acquisition, diffusion and application of technology so as to foster and enhance the delivery of quality health care.

Copyright © 1988 by the National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK218444


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