Health Technology Assessment (HTA)

Health-care systems, payers and professionals increasingly have need for independent, balanced evaluation of health-care evidence and research to reach their goals for improving quality of care, outcomes and service value. Spectrum Research has an extensive history of interactive collaboration and consultation with government agencies, companies, professional foundations and others on the use and generation of evidence in reaching those goals.

The health technology assessment process uses structured systematic review and comparative effectiveness research concepts and expands them to inform policy decisions. HTAs provide in-depth evaluation, synthesis and reporting of evidence related to the efficacy, effectiveness, safety and cost impact of medical technologies used for treatment, diagnosis, health screening and health monitoring.

Spectrum Research has an established record for performing high-quality, transparent health technology assessments for the Washington State Health Technology Assessment Program (HTAP) (see links below) as well as other agencies, university-based evidenced centers and private organizations. Spectrum’s HTAs are used by payers for evidence-based coverage and health policy decisions as well as by professionals for evidence-based decision making.

Spectrum Research provides independent, unbiased reports that agencies, organizations and professionals use. The reports are based on:

  • Understanding the client’s evidence needs and questions, their decision making process and role of evidence in that process.
  • Methodologically rigorous procedures for transparent systematic search, review, critical appraisal, analysis and reporting based on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) guidance documents as well as others (e.g. the Institute of Medicine IOM)
  • Sound methods for critical appraisal of study quality and overall strength of evidence to facilitate evidence-based decision making based on precepts outlined by the Grades of Recommendation Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group and recommendations made by the AHRQ

As a Veteran-Owned Small Business, Spectrum Research provides a level of expertise in clinical epidemiology, health services research, outcomes research, comparative effectiveness research/evidence generation and evidence synthesis that facilitates effective collaboration with agencies, organizations and companies seeking to provide evidence-based, patient-centered health-care.