Newswise — New Orleans, LA, USA—May 21, 2019—ISPOR, the professional society for health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), explored the future of HEOR for the 2020s this afternoon at its ISPOR 2019 annual conference with the session [IP18], "Gazing Into the HEOR Crystal Ball: What Might Be the Future Directions for HEOR in the 2020s?"

Panelists for this session included:

  • Moderator: Finn Børlum Kristensen, MD, PhD; University of Southern Denmark; Hilleroed, Denmark
  • Andrew Briggs, DPhil; University of Glasgow; Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • Nancy Devlin, PhD; University of Melbourne; Melbourne, Australia
  • Ross Maclean, MD, PhD, MBA; Precision Health Economics; Los Angeles, CA, USA 

Healthcare systems around the world face many challenges as they seek to control budgets and prices while improving efficiency and equity management controls. At the same time, demand and expectations grow for healthcare systems to improve health outcomes and better meet patient preferences. 

Moderator Dr Finn Børlum Kristensen provided an overview of HEOR and the methods the field has traditionally pursued. Each of the panelists offered contrasting perspectives on the future of HEOR. Dr Devlin argued that more attention should be given to the wider health economics issues relating to incentives and behaviors in the system and to ways of enhancing performance. Dr Maclean focused his remarks on outcomes research. He argued that the field of HEOR needs to do more to facilitate measurement of a range of metrics that focus on value for both consumers and decision makers. Dr Briggs argued for a “call to arms” for health economists to engage with their non-economist colleagues to help them understand the importance of rigorous economic approaches to defining value. 

ISPOR is recognized globally as the leading professional society for health economics and outcomes research and its role in improving healthcare decisions. ISPOR 2019 is the leading global HEOR conference and draws nearly 4000 healthcare thought leaders and stakeholders, including researchers and academicians, assessors and regulators, payers and policy makers, the life sciences industry, healthcare providers, and patient engagement organizations.

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