Central and Eastern European Society of Technology Assessment in Health Care
CEESTAHC Society was founded in Krakow in 2003 from the initiative of professionals in the fields of EBM, HTA and quality assurance in clinical trials.
CEESTAHC's mission is an integration of progressive communities of Central and Eastern Europe countries for the exchange of information, transfer of experiences and implementation of joint research programs. A main aim is development and progress of standards and methods of assessment of drug and non-drug health technologies in Central and Eastern Europe. An additional goal is to develop and promote a common language, which will allow various subjects of the health care system to communicate.
Currently, we conduct the most intensive actions within nine major activities:
1. EBHC Symposium | 2. Projects | 3. Publications | 4. Courses | 5. Thursday Dinners | 6. Local government | 7. Publishing | 8. Conferences | 9. Websites
Every year, since 2006, the International Evidence-Based Health Care Symposium has been bringing together experts who build and reform the healthcare system in Europe and worldwide. Too us, it is proof of the legitimacy of this scientific initiative.
In recent years, we have successfully organized sixteen editions of the Symposium in Krakow, which resulted in the exchange of experiences, establishing contacts and cooperation between Polish and foreign scientific communities. About 200-300 HTA specialists, decision makers, patients and representatives of science from over a dozen countries participated in each edition. We are proud and pleased to note that many of them are world-renowned experts representing European and international organizations dealing with the economics and quality of medical services. top
- Healthy liver. CEESTAHC's National Health-Promoting Programme Stowarzyszenie CEESTAHC we współpracy z Fundacją Gwiazda Nadziei oraz Europejską Fundacją Rozwiązywania Problemów Zdrowotnych opracowało ogólnopolski prozdrowotny program edukacyjny dotyczący profilaktyki chorób wątroby pod nazwą “Zdrowa Wątroba”, którego celami są edukacja – jak zapobiegać rozwojowi przewlekłych chorób wątroby, zwłaszcza o podłożu wirusowym oraz szerzej – jak dbać o ten narząd; (ewentualna) bezpłatna diagnostyka WZW typu C, a celem długoterminowym jest zmniejszenie zapadalności na przewlekłe choroby wątroby.
- A Healthy return to work. The aim of the project is to initiate a discussion concerning the local solutions offering health-oriented and professional support to people with autoimmune diseases. The discussion is addressed to doctors – occupational medicine practitioners, AME, decision makers in healthcare, employers, public institutions and payers (ZUS, KRUS and others).
- Fit for Work Project. CEESTAHC, along with the Fit for Work Europe Coalition, implemented the Polish edition of the project titled: Economic, social and health implications of the results of the incidence to the musculoskeletal disease in Poland in comparison to other countries of the European Union.
- Move to Work. Move to Work examination – Being efficient at work is a continuation of the Polish edition of the international project Fit and Work launched in 2011. The main aim of the Move to Work examination– Being efficient at work is the collection of reliable data concerning presenteeism and absenteeism in Poland along with the selected epidemiological data in order to assess indirect costs caused by IMIDs in Poland.
- Pneumococcus. Local governments are obliged to fulfil those duties. And for them, we created a Model programme of preventing pneumococcal infections among adults. It contains all elements of a health prevention programme defined in AOTMiT recommendations, including epidemiology, action plan, costs and list of interventions characterised by proven effectiveness. It is fully compliant with the recommendations of the Health Technology Assessment and Pricing Agency regarding the elaboration of health policy programs.
- HCV. The role of local governments in prevention and diagnosis – model solutions. Prevention and diagnosis of hepatitis C in local government projects in 2020. The aim of the project is raising awareness of hepatitis C and creating a platform for discussion between experts and local government decision makers about possible activities supporting e.g. early diagnosis.
- Stroke. Every patient is important. Project consisting of a series of educational debates with various stakeholders of the healthcare system related to stroke prevention. With our Project, we want to raise awareness of the weight of the problem of strokes in public health, the importance of prevention, the social costs and indicate the importance of the local government in giving the final shape to the branch of the healthcare system that affects the patient directly. We want to involve the creators of healthcare policies and regional opinion formers in the debate concerning the role of particular stakeholders of the healthcare system, and to create model, modern solutions in the key public health areas with the local government involved.
- Influenza. Model health policy programme for local governments concerning influenza control in risk groups. At the beginning of 2017, CEESTAHC started collaborating with the National Influenza Control Programme regarding health education and catalysing effective activities for creating and carrying out preventive programs and limiting the health, social and economic outcomes connected to the influenza virus infection and post-influenza complications and also took patronage over the informative campaign of the OPZG. The initiator of the cooperation was the Chairperson of the Scientific Council of the National Influenza Control Program – prof. dr hab. med. Adam Antczak, Vice-Rector for the Clinical Affairs of the Medical University in Łódź.
- EBM Basic and Advanced Course
- HTA Basic and Advanced Course
- Pricing Course
- Medical Databases Accelerated Course
5. Thursday Dinners
6. Local government
- A series of conferences in 2010. The national conferences were dedicated to preparing preventive programmes by the Local Government Units (LGU) regarding the requirements of the bill for publicly financed healthcare (the so-called “Act on the guaranteed benefits package”). The form of some of them was extended by transforming public healthcare units. 9 conferences were held.
- A series of workshops in 2011. The educational meetings were dedicated to secondary prevention for patients who survived the acute coronary syndrome. 12 workshops and 3 conferences were held.
- A series of conferences in 2012. The meeting was dedicated to the model health programmes for the local government units. 5 conferences were held.
- Series of conferences in 2013-2014. “A healthy return to work” project. The role of the active public institutions resulted in the series of conferences for local governments. 7 conferences were held.
- Contest for students. The role of active public institutions – the contest for students for the best health programme was held.
- A series of conferences in 2015.11 conferences were held.
- A series of conferences in 2016.12 conferences were held.
- A series of conferences in 2017.5 conferences were held.
- Polish glossary of EBM and HTA. Free glossary of entries connected with economics and management of health care (Polish only).
- Essentials of EBM and HTA. Free database of useful links to recommended free programs, sources of information, medical databases, institutions, and educational resources.
- Electronic Procurement System. Our entire offer is available in the electronic system, including: trainings, conferences and sale of books and file access rights.
- File Sharing System. Recent convenience for participants of conferences and workshops.
- EBHC Symposium archive. A complete archive of all editions of EBHC Symposium.
- Conferences archive. An archive of all conferences.
- EBHC Symposium photo galleries. During years of activity we have collected a large photo database of health care experts.