Newswise — Barcelona, Spain—13 November 2018—ISPOR, the professional society for health economics and outcomes research, held a spotlight session this afternoon at ISPOR Europe 2018, “Transforming Healthcare: The Impact of Patient Engagement” [IP15]. 

Speakers included:

  • Moderator: Nancy Devlin, PhD, Office of Health Economics, London, England, UK
  • Jan Geissler, MBA, EUPATI, Munich, Germany
  • Suzanne Schrandt, JD, Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Nicola Bedlington, BA Hons, European Patients Forum, Brussels, Belgium 

The patient engagement movement has led to more systematic involvement of patients and patient representatives in Europe and the United States over the past decade. This initiative has brought the “patient voice” into treatment choices, research and development decisions, clinical trial and outcomes research design, and regulatory and reimbursement decision making. 

This panel examined the impact patient engagement has had on health outcomes and on creating more patient-centered healthcare systems. In this session, panelists outlined the history of the patient movement and the global emergence of patient engagement. The patient movement has influenced the European Union’s (EU) perspective on health policy and is still transforming the EU regulatory system. In the United States, patients are engaging in healthcare research, resulting in many improvements in health outcomes and healthcare overall. In closing, the panel discussed how future healthcare will be further transformed due to the efforts of the patient movement. 

ISPOR is recognized globally as the leading professional society in HEOR and its role in improving healthcare decisions. ISPOR Europe 2018 is the leading HEOR conference in Europe and draws more than 5000 healthcare stakeholders, including researchers and academicians, assessors and regulators, payers and policy makers, the life sciences industry, and patient engagement organizations. 

Additional information on ISPOR Europe 2018 can be found here. Released presentations from the conference can be found here. Interested parties can follow news and developments from the conference on social media using the hashtag #ISPORBarcelona.



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