Patient Experts in Health Technology is for patient advocates who wish to take an active role in assuring that Canadian patients have sustainable access to optimal health technologies, including drugs, diagnostics, combination therapies and health services.
Its objectives are:
- Provide patient advocates with knowledge about current and emerging health technologies, their evaluation and assessment by regulatory and assessment bodies, and the criteria and decision-making processes for making them available to patients;
- Prepare patient advocates to engage with policy and decision makers to ensure they have an effective voice in decisions that affect access to optimal health technologies;
- Create opportunities for mutual learning and collaborative problem-solving among patient advocates and other stakeholders, including researchers, regulators, assessors, funders, clinicians, and industry;
- Promote programs that support development, sustainable access, and optimal use of health technologies.