Kalam Institute of Health Technology designated as regional hub for health technology assessment


Published on: 11.04.2018

Published By: Pharmabiz

The Kalam Institute of Health Technology (KIHT), a Department of Biotechnology funded institute in the domain of medical technology policy, has been duly selected as the premier institute to partner with Department of Health Research (DHR), Government of India as a regional hub for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in India.

KIHT, located at the Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ), will perform their functions in the realm of medical devices and diagnostics.

An MoU was signed between DHR, Union health ministry and KIHT to work together in the field of health technology assessment.

The MoU was exchanged in the presence of Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh, members of parliament from Andhra Pradesh, members of Niti Aayog, World Health Organization and Union health ministry. Government of Andhra Pradesh has promised to extend all support to HTA centre within the purview of incremental improvements happening in health technology in India.

AMTZ, India’s first enterprise dedicated for medical device manufacturing, envisages to make healthcare products affordable and accessible. AMTZ houses an ideal ecosystem for health technology and KIHT being knowledge partner with AMTZ will offer access to scientists, researchers, engineers of common scientific facility like X-ray tube, 3D design, prototyping and rapid tooling facility, gamma irradiation, EMI/EMC, biomaterial testing facilities, manufacturing units etc.

KIHT in turn would be providing support to AMTZ in creating market access by conducting technology assessment of the products. It is located within AMTZ and has been designated as a member of International Association of Science Parks (IASP) with access to all its facilities.

Chief Minister Andhra Pradesh was being handed over the plaque while commemorating KIHT as the regional centre for HTA by representative from Union health ministry, former union ministers, Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Y S Chowdary, secretary, health, medical and family welfare; and advisor (health), Government of Andhra Pradesh and representatives from the KIHT.