VA's Technology Assessment Program (VATAP) is a national program within the Office of Patient Care Services dedicated to advancing evidence-based decision making in VA.
Technology as it is used in health care is defined as applied knowledge, in other words: any intervention used in health promotion, prevention and rehabilitation. "Technologies" may include vaccines, pharmaceuticals, devices, procedures, and the organizational and support systems within which health is protected and maintained.
Technology assessment in health care (HTA) is a multidisciplinary field of policy analysis that uses the best available scientific evidence on the medical, social, ethical, and economic implications of interventions used in health care. The HTA process helps identify best practices in health care, thereby enhancing safety, quality and cost savings.
Treatments for Metastatic Castrate-Resistant Prostate Cancer, July 2010
Ultrafiltration for Decompensated Heart Failure, Jan 2011
Patient-Centered Care, update, August 2010
Home Telehealth, June2010