Washington DC, 26 August 2020 (PAHO)- The Regional Base of Health Technology Assessment Reports of the Americas (BRISA) reached 250 reports related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reports are produced by members of the Regional Health Technology Assessment Network of the Americas (RedETSA). BRISA centralizes in a single platform the reports developed by the member institutions of RedETSA, and gives visibility to information that would otherwise remain dispersed or without public access.
The special section on COVID-19 gathers Health Technology Assessment (HTA) reports related to the coronavirus pandemic in Spanish, Portuguese, English and French. The reports cover a number of topics including medicines, personal protective equipment, and ventilators, among others.
The World Health Organization (WHO) considers that, in addition to facing a pandemic, in the case of COVID-19, the world is also facing an infodemic, the rapid spread of misinformation, rumors and theories of conspiracy about the virus.
"The availability of reliable and rigorous information on medicines and other health technologies produced with transparent and appropriate methodology is an essential resource to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to fight the disinformation epidemic," said Analía Porrás, Chief of the Medicines and Health Technologies Unit at PAHO.
BRISA seeks to promote the use of health technology assessment to improve the decision-making process of incorporating technologies into health systems.