About Medical Technology Assessment Board ( MTAB )
The Department of Health Research has decided to set up a Medical Technology Assessment Board to evaluate all kinds of Medical Technologies.
The need to establish such a board was discussed and recommended by 12th Plan Working Group on Health Research. Considering the recommendations, the Government recognized the urgent requirement of Medical Technology Board in India and therefore, has decided to set up the Medical Technology Assessment Board (MTAB) for evaluation and appropriateness and cost effectiveness of the available and new Health Technologies in India.
The MTAB aims to encourage the process and finalize the development of standardized cost effective interventions that will reduce the cost and variations in patient care, expenditure on medical equipment in directly affecting the cost of patient care, overall cost of medical treatment, reduction in out of pocket expenditure of patients and streamline the medical reimbursement procedures.
Objectives of MTAB
- To support the process of decision-making in health care at the Central and State policy level by providing reliable information based on scientific evidence.
- Develop systems and mechanisms to assess new and existing health technologies by a transparent and inclusive processes.
- To appraise health interventions and technologies based on available data on resource use, cost, clinical effectiveness, and safety.
- To collect and analyse evidence in a systematic and reproducible way and ensure its accessibility and usefulness to inform health policy.
- Disseminate research findings and resulting policy decisions to educate and empower the public to make better informed decisions for health.