Volume 53 | Number 2 | April 2018
David J. Rothman, Kristy L. Blackwood B.A., Whitney Adair M.B.A., M.P.A., Sheila M. Rothman M.S.W., Ph.D.
To evaluate the Washington State Health Technology Assessment Program (WHTAP ).
Washington State Health Technology Assessment Program proceedings in Seattle, Washington.
We assessed the program through observation of its proceedings over a 5‐year period, 2009–2014. We conducted detailed analyses of the documents it produced and reviewed relevant literature.
Washington State Health Technology Assessment Program is unique compared to other state and federal programs. It has successfully applied evidence‐based medicine to health care decision making, limited by the strength of available data. It claims cost savings, but they are not substantiated.
Washington State Health Technology Assessment Program is a useful model for other states considering implementation of technology assessment programs. We provide key lessons for improving WHTAP 's process.