PAHO collaborates with the Superintendence of Health and Labor Risks of the Dominican Republic for the implementation and development of Health Technology Assessment in the country.
After two years of joint work, in December 2022, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Superintendence of Health and Labor Risks (SISALRIL) launched the implementation of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in the Dominican Republic.
The joint work plan between PAHO and SISALRIL began in 2020 and culminated in December 2022 with an activity in which participated, among other authorities, the Superintendent Dr. Jesús Feris Iglesia and PAHO’s Advisor on Health Technology Management, Alexandre Lemgruber. The purpose of the meeting was to share and discuss the implementation of the STD in the country with different actors in the Dominican health system and to present the implementation and development document and the methodological manuals prepared jointly.
One of the great challenges for health systems to achieve Universal Health is the search for equity, quality of care and efficiency and in this, health technologies play an essential role. As part of direct technical cooperation, PAHO supports Member States in strengthening regulatory frameworks and human resources, generating evidence, disseminating information, and promoting network collaboration through the Health Technology Assessment Network of the Americas (RedETSA), of which PAHO serves as the secretariat: to monitor the financial solvency of the National Health Insurance, and to contribute to strengthening the National Health System.
With this approach and from the incorporation of SISALRIL to the Health Technology Assessment Network of the Americas (RedETSA) in 2020, multiple cooperation missions were carried out throughout 2021 and 2022 with the objective of strengthening the capacities of the teams, to carry out the development of their own methodological guidelines and the legal framework that accompanies the implementation and that culminated with the launching of the plan last December.
The next steps planned for 2023 are the initiation of the STD process, the effective incorporation of other actors in the health system into this process, the fine-tuning of the methodological guidelines developed from practice, and the monitoring of the implementation of the STD process.