Health technology assessment in Finland.

TitleHealth technology assessment in Finland.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMäkelä M, Roine RP
JournalInternational journal of technology assessment in health care
Volume25 Suppl 1
Date Published2009 Jul
KeywordsDecision Making; Evidence-Based Medicine; Finland; Government Regulation; Health Policy; Mass Screening; Technology Assessment, Biomedical
AbstractSince the 1990s, health policy makers in Finland have been supportive of evidence-based medicine and approaches to implement its results. The Finnish Office for Health Technology Assessment (Finohta) has grown from a small start in 1995 to a medium-sized health technology assessment (HTA) agency, with special responsibility in providing assessments to underpin national policies in screening. External evaluations enhanced the rapid growth. In the Finnish environment, decision making on health technologies is extremely decentralized, so Finohta has developed some practical tools for implementing HTA findings. The Managed Uptake of Medical Methods program links the hospital districts to agree on introduction of technologies. The Ohtanen database provides Finnish-language summaries of major assessments made in other countries.
Alternate JournalInt J Technol Assess Health Care