Health technology is the application of scientific knowledge in health care and prevention.

Health technology assessment (HTA) is a multidisciplinary process that summarises information about the medical, social, economic and ethical issues related to the use of a health technology in a systematic, transparent, unbiased, robust manner. Its aim is to inform the formulation of safe, effective, health policies that are patient focused and seek to achieve best value.

Despite its policy goals, HTA must always be firmly rooted in research and the scientific method.

Examples of Health Technology

  • Diagnostic and treatment methods
  • Medical equipment
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Rehabilitation and prevention methods
  • Organisational and supportive systems within which health care is provided