Assessment canadian coorindating health office technology
Health technology assessment was therefore a natural extension of the production and use of evidence in system-level decision-making. First, CCOHTA was established in 1989 by the federal, provincial and territorial governments with the primary mandate of “coordinating.” This was challenging; Quebec had established a health technology assessment organization (now known as l’Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux, or INESSS), British Columbia would soon establish the BC Office of Health Technology Assessment, and Alberta had built capacity for health technology assessment within its health ministry. Thus, CCOHTA had a dual role: coordinating information being a producer of health technology assessment for jurisdictions lacking built-in systems.Second was the issue of academic and scientific credibility.
Perrin Beatty, Canadian minister of health and welfare, 1989–1991, said that Canada needs “a more coordinated approach across the country to ensure that all Canadians are benefiting from the advances being made in health technology.” These words marked the creation of the Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment (CCOHTA).
Their role has also evolved over time, from being a framework for pharmacoeconomic research to the point where a wide variety of decision-makers use economic evaluations based on the principles set out in the guidelines as a means of facilitating their formulary decisions.
In addition, methodologies in certain areas (and the body of related research literature in general) have developed considerably over time.
At that time, the Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment (CCOHTA) was assigned the task of maintaining and regularly updating the Canadian Guidelines.
Since their introduction, a great deal of experience has been gained with the practical application of the guidelines.