Members of the second German-Egyptian peer expert symposium on "Resource Management and Health Technology Assessment".

Accelerating developments in technology and increasing numbers of patient are challenging the public healthcare sector in Egypt. The most affected service providers are public hospitals. Constituting the first contact point for patients, public hospitals provide a hub for curative and preventive healthcare services. Moreover, a large number of university hospitals work at the very intersection between patient care, industry and science. Their pivotal role thus requires the adoption of an interdisciplinary framework facilitating their steady advancement.

Acknowledging the crucial role that public hospitals play, the DAAD Cairo Office, in cooperation with Dr. Mostafa Hunter, DAAD Alumnus and Chairman of the Healthcare Governance and Transparency Association (HeGTA) organized the second German-Egyptian peer expert symposium on “Resource Management and Health Technology Assessment”. With the support of the Supreme Council of Universities (SCU) the symposium aimed to shed light on the benefits of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and viable means of its implementation.

Welcome notes were given by Dr. Roman Luckscheiter, Director of the DAAD Cairo Office and Prof. Dr. Ashraf Hatem, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities. Thereafter two Egyptian and two German experts shed light on the different aspects of the topic and compared the latest developments in Germany and Egypt.

Professor Kolominsky-Rabas from the Interdisciplinary Center for Health Technology Assessment and Public Health at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg gave insights into HTA in Germany. His input was followed by a contribution from Dr. Mostafa Hunter, who spoke on “Health Sector Governance” and the responsibilities and accountabilities that are inherent in responsible management. Prof. Dr. Michael Friebe, from the Otto von Guericke University Marburg, approached the issue from a rather practical and entrepreneurial angle relating to “Unique Egyptian Healthcare Needs”. Finally, Prof. Dr. Ahmed Morsy from Cairo University elaborated on the problems of “Information Management Technologies and the Promise of Improved Healthcare Delivery” in Egypt.

The input speeches were followed by an interactive discussion. Among the debated topics were structures of clinical governance, managing medical research, accountability for efficient utilization of medical resources, building institutional capacities and the necessity of HTA and resource management. In addition to these vital discussions, the symposium resulted in in the burgeoning cooperation between the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health Technology Assessment and Public Health, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University as well as HeGTA. The long term goal of this cooperation is to establish a center for HTA at the Cairo University and thus build an institutional foundation furnishing and anchoring important developments in HTA and hospital management.