PAHO: The Regional Database of Health Technology Assessment Reports of the Americas (BRISA) reaches 1,000 reports
The Regional Database of Health Technology Assessment Reports of the Americas (BRISA) reached 1,000 reports produced by member institutions of the Health Technology Assessment Network of the Americas (RedETSA).
With this tool, a pioneer in the Region, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and RedETSA seek to promote the use of health technology assessment to improve the decision-making process of incorporating technologies in health systems. “The growth of BRISA since its launch is a sign of the consolidation of RedETSA, and another step in the institutionalization of ETS in the Region,” said James Fitzgerald, Director of Health Systems and Services at PAHO.
BRISA seeks to centralize in a single platform the reports produced by the RedETSA institutions, and to give visibility to reports that would otherwise remain dispersed or without access to the public.
BRISA was launched in November 2017, and developed in collaboration with BIREME (Latin American and Caribbean Center for Information on Health Sciences) through the Virtual Health Library, which hosts the database. PAHO, as secretariat of RedETSA, is in charge of the selection and centralization of the reports. The collaboration with BIREME makes possible the crossing of the searched topic with the other available databases, such as LILACS (Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences Information) and Medline (Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online). In addition, institutions that wish to do so may place the BRISA RSS with their preferred search criteria on their web pages and receive updated content automatically.
BRISA is available in the following link http://sites.bvsalud.org/redetsa/brisa/