LearnTransfusion Series

Topic Teaching: What Is Health Technology Assessment: The Role of Health Economics in Healthcare Decision Making Case Study: Noninvasive Fetal RhD Blood Group Genotyping

October 27, 2020 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM (EDT)


Presented by:

Vivian Ng, MSc, PhD
Manager, Economic Evaluation
Health Technology Assessment Program
Ontario Health, Clinical Institutes and Quality Programs

Olga Gajic-Veljanoski, MD, MSc, PhD
Senior Health Economist
Ontario Health, Clinical Institutes and Quality Programs


1.    Describe the process and development of HTA at Ontario Health (Clinical Institutes and Quality Programs).
2.    Review a case study: Non-invasive fetal RhD blood group genotyping (economic evidence) as an example of methodological concepts used in model-based economic evaluations.
3.    Provide examples of costing and interpretation of economic analysis results.
4.    Understand how HTA is used in decision making.


1.    Ontario Health. Noninvasive fetal RhD blood group genotyping: a health technology assessment. 2020.
2.    HTA report available from https://www.hqontario.ca/Portals/0/Documents/evidence/open-comment/hta-noninvasive-fetal-rhd-blood-group-genotyping-2001.pdf 
3.    Draft Recommendation available from https://www.hqontario.ca/Portals/0/Documents/evidence/open-comment/recommendation-noninvasive-fetal-rhd-blood-group-genotyping-2001-en.pdf


Note: The session is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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The LearnTransfusion series is the seminar component of the Areas of Focused Competency (AFC)-Diploma Program in Transfusion Medicine. The series, organized by Canadian Blood Services is also open to all practitioners in the field of Transfusion Medicine. Through a series of regular webinars, trainees and practitioners are exposed to various scientific, technical and clinical aspects of transfusion medicine.