The SHI Modernisation Act in 2004 introduced the Joint Committee (G-BA), which is built with representatives from sickness funds, physicians, dentists, hospital providers and patients. The Committee is among other responsible for the shaping of the benefit catalogue of the German SHI. The Joint Committee may commission the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health care (IQWiG) with production of summaries of the evidence regarding the topics under its scrutiny (i.e. benefits of drugs or procedures, guidelines for DMP, etc). IQWiG cooperates with academic institutions for the production of its reports. Our Department has been an academic partner since the inception of IQWiG.
We have worked in the following topics within this partnership:
The German Agency for Health Technology Assessment (DAHTA@DIMDI) – which is an institution under the direct oversight of the Federal Ministry of Health – commissions HTA reports to academic institutes. The topics for these HTA reports are selected in a systematic priority setting process.Our Department has lead the production of several HTA reports within this partnership:
Several fellows of our staff are active members of the German Association for the Promotion of HTA, which has edited the first German Handbook on HTA and has initiated the first German speaking e-learning course on HTA, hosted and organized by our Department.