Newswise — Princeton, NJ—June 5, 2017—The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) recently concluded its 22nd Annual International Meeting in Boston, MA, USA. The conference attracted 4,195 delegates representing 76 countries—the largest attendance to date for the Society’s Annual International Meeting. The conference drew stakeholders from all sectors of health care, including researchers and academics, public and private payers, health ministries and government offices, health technology assessment bodies, and patients and patient representatives.
Conference sessions focused on the theme, Evidence and Value in a Time of Social and Policy Change, and included a wide variety of compelling topics in health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), including health policy in decision making, real-world evidence, value assessment frameworks, rare diseases, medication adherence, and more.
Three topical plenary sessions were featured at the conference. The first plenary, Where Is US Health Policy Going?, highlighted the views of four leading health economists in the United States (two who have advised Democrats and two who have counseled Republicans) on where US health policy is headed with the recent changes in the political landscape. The innovative research of Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, exploring the impact social networks have on the behavior and overall health of people around you was featured at the second plenary session entitled, Social Network Interventions and Population Health. The third plenary, When Do We Really Need Randomized Controlled Trials?, explored how big data is changing the strength of evidence in observational studies.
Conference sessions also focused on timely issues in health care, including real-world evidence, value assessment frameworks, patient engagement, cost effectiveness and affordability, 21st Century Cures Act, negotiation of Medicare drug pricing, assessing value of novel oncology therapies, developing and paying for gene therapies, real-world evidence and medical devices, and comparisons of health care systems around the world. Several seminal summits were held at the ISPOR International Meeting, including an HTA Roundtable and a multistakeholder Patient Representatives Roundtable.
ISPOR CEO Nancy Berg stated, “This year’s ISPOR 22nd Annual International Meeting convened key stakeholders and thought leaders from every sector of health care to discuss today’s critically important issues in health care. The scientific program focused on bringing evidence and value to health care decision making during a time when the health care systems of many countries are undergoing significant social and policy changes. ISPOR’s mission—to advance health economics and outcomes research excellence—was woven through every aspect of this conference, and ISPOR stands ready to serve as a resource to help inform policy and improve health care decision making for global health care systems.”
ISPOR recognizes the support of its meeting sponsors, exhibiting organizations, and media partners who helped make the 22nd Annual International Meeting possible. Additional information on the ISPOR 22nd Annual International Meeting can be found here. Released presentations from the conference can be found here. Interested parties can follow news at ISPOR’s press site and on social media using the conference hashtag #ISPORBoston.
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