Featured Articles on Health Policy Updates from South Africa and Ukraine
The fall season is upon us and with it the Society is just days before its largest annual conference, ISPOR 2019 on November 2-6 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The conference is expected to attract more than 5000 global HEOR experts and leaders who will focus around the theme: “Digital Transformation of Healthcare: Changing Roles and Sharing Responsibilities.” In addition to highlights of the upcoming event in Europe, this October 2019 issue of ISPOR News Across EMEA features an article on “HTA in the Wake of National Health Insurance in South Africa,” provides insight into a new education program for representatives of patient organizations in Slovakia and multi-stakeholders meetings for HTA implementation in Ukraine.
As always, we bring you updates from ISPOR Regional Chapters, Networks, and Consortium in the EMEA region, and share exciting news and member engagement opportunities in ISPOR programs, such as the ISPOR 2019 Chapter Outstanding Award.
We encourage you to share the ISPOR EMEA newsletter with your Chapter members and colleagues and, as always, welcome your contribution and your feedback, as well as questions about ISPOR – you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. While welcoming all HEOR-relevant regional news, we particularly encourage you to send us updates from your regional groups on specific activities in HTA, patient engagement and new areas of digital/e-health.
We hope you will enjoy this issue and we look forward to your engagement and participation at ISPOR’s upcoming events and activities.
ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA Team
ISSUE HIGHLIGHT – Don’t miss ISPOR Europe 2019, 2-6 November, Copenhagen, Denmark!
- Theme: “Digital Transformation of Healthcare: Changing Roles and Responsibilities.” The conference will offer thebest of HEOR research, methodology, health policy developments in the context of digitalization of healthcare systems’ challenges and opportunities.
- Plenary sessions:
- Monday, 4 November: “Healthcare Digitalization: Instant, On Demand, and Always Connected”
- Tuesday, 5 November “Shaping the Digital Healthcare System”
- Wednesday, 6 November “Big Healthcare Data: Endless Opportunities for Research and Learning.”
- More than 30 HEOR course topics will be offered through the ISPOR Short Course Program.
- Wide variety of sessions, including spotlight sessions on transparency of real-world evidence, genomics and health outcomes, and medical device development.
- New collaborative sessions will be delivered by ISPOR Global Groups:
- Joint Forum: “Use of MCDA in HTA, Coverage and Reimbursement Decision-Making Experience and Insights from EMEA, Latin America, and Asia Pacific.”
- ISPOR Biosimilars SIG and CEE Consortium joint Forum on “Biosimilars – an Opportunity for Countries with Restricted Resources to Improve Patient Access?”
- ISPOR Austria Chapter Forum: “Using Digital Data Transformation for Strategic Patient Empowerment.”
- ISPOR CEE Consortium Forum: “Problems and Solutions for Implementation of Risk Sharing Schemes in the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe.”
- The Executive Committee meetings of ISPOR Africa and ISPOR Arabic Networks, and ISPOR CEE Consortium.
- Meetings of ISPOR Austria, ISPOR Algeria, ISPOR Turkey, ISPOR Italy-Rome, ISPOR Russia HTA, ISPOR Hungary, and ISPOR Spain Regional Chapters.
- ISPOR Global Networks event at the ISPOR booth: “Meet the 2019 ISPOR Outstanding Chapters!” This session is organized to recognize the awarded Chapters and provide conference registrants with an opportunity to meet the Presidents and ask questions. All are welcome to attend!
- Networking opportunities during the ISPOR CEE Reception on Monday, 5 November at 19:30-21:00.
- For full conference program and registration information, please access here.
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- HTA in the Wake of NHI in South Africa
by Marthinus P Stander, President of ISPOR South Africa Chapter and Chair-elect of ISPOR Africa Network
South Africa, with a population estimated at 59 million in 2019, consists of a fragmented health care system . From a health systems perspective, it consists of a private sector (providing services to approximately 10 million beneficiaries) and a public sector for the majority of the population. From an equality perspective, these two systems have been at the centre of health care reform in South Africa since 1994, the year of independence. Over the years, many policy options were considered, including nationalizing health care and social health insurance. Finally, the policy adopted by the National Department of Health for universal access to health care for all citizens is the roll-out of a National Health Insurance (NHI) program . For full article, please access here.
- Multi-stakeholders Meetings for HTA Implementation in Ukraine
by Oresta Piniazhko, President of ISPOR Ukraine Chapter,
Olha Zaliska, Founder and Past President of ISPOR Ukraine Chapter,
Oksana Vashchenko, Secretary of ISPOR Ukraine Chapter
In January 2019 the HTA Department was established in Ukraine as a subdivision of the State Enterprise “State Expert Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.” Among the most important tasks faced by the new Department was to identify and involve stakeholders in HTA cooperation. For full article, please access here.
HEOR UPDATES FROM EMEA REGION
- The Ghana Ministry of Health inaugurated the National Steering and Technical Committees to facilitate the implementation of HTA as part of achieving the Universal Health Coverage in the country. As reported on October 4, 2019 by the Ghana News Agency, the MOH is currently piloting the use of HTA to inform decisions on prioritization od cost-containment and sustainability strategies of the National Health Insurance Authority. Full article is available at Ghana News Agency.
- Symposium on “Partnerships, Policy and Systems Developments for Universal Health Coverage” was held 27-29 August 2019 in Kampala, Uganda. The conference aimed to address the following questions: how are the partnerships for health systems strengthening advancement of UHC goals, how can the UHC and health improvement agenda be mainstreamed across government ministries, departments and agencies, and how can community partnerships be leveraged to promote good health? Keynote speakers included representatives from international organizations and academic institutions, such as the World Bank, WHO, Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium, Makerere University School of Public Health, government agencies, Parliament of Uganda, as well as the private sector.
ISPOR EMEA REGIONAL NEWS
- Congratulations to ISPOR Colombia, Russia St. Petersburg, and West China Chapters for receiving the ISPOR 2019 Outstanding Regional Chapter Award! The Award Program recognizes Chapters outstanding contribution and leadership in advancing ISPOR’s mission in global regions – Asia, Latin America, and Europe, Middle East, and Africa. The ISPOR Colombia and St. Petersburg Chapters have been recognized for the second time for their exemplary achievements in advancing HEOR in their countries. “This award encourages us to continue working hard and achieving more goals to our chapter and to ISPOR. Thank you very much for recognizing our work in Colombia and the region.” – Camilo Ernesto Castañeda Cardona, MD, ISPOR Colombia Chapter President. The award is offered in small, medium, and large Chapter categories and follows a thorough review of Chapters compliance with ISPOR governance, input to ISPOR publications and contribution to ISPOR activities throughout the year reported in Annual Reports. The Presidents of awarded Chapters will be recognized during the 2nd plenary session at ISPOR Europe 2019 in Copenhagen. Also, an article featuring interviews with the Chapters will be published in the December 2019 issue of ISPOR Value & Outcomes Spotlight magazine.
- The ISPOR Egypt Chapter organized its 4th Annual Conference, October 20, 2019 in Cairo, Egypt. This year’s agenda focused on discussing topics such as: the HTA status in Egypt, moving to Universal Health Coverage, and the social impact of and access to innovative medicines presented by experts from the Middle East. Among 180 invited attendees were decision makers, representatives from academia, payers, providers and regulators. A report from the conference will be published in the coming days on the Chapter’s page.
- Patient engagement activities in Slovakia
All-day Market Access Seminar focusing on individual stakeholders, including patients, was organized on October 2, 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia.The main topic was providing update on the access to and shortage of medicines for the Slovak patients. The ISPOR Slovakia Chapter leaders (Maria Bucek-Psenkova, Dominik Tomek and Martin Visnansky) presented their views on the recent pricing and reimbursement policy changes, introduced by the Slovak Ministry of Health. Speakers included representatives of several important stakeholders, including health insurance funds, wholesalers, public pharmacies chamber, pharma industry and patients’ advocacy groups. The round-table discussion which included several political representatives provided an opportunity to exchange views on health and drug policies and possible improvements towards more effective and efficient utilization of medicinal products in Slovakia.
- A new patient engagement program was developed in Slovakia for representatives of patient organizations who want to participate in systemic improvement of patients position and influence in Slovakia. The program is a result of a cooperation between EUPATI, ISPOR Slovakia Chapter, the Slovak Academy of Educated Patients, the Slovak Medical University and private and public institutions. The faculty includes doctors, pharmacists, economists, researchers, lawyers, social workers, nurses and other professionals. A prerequisite for completing the course is a basic overview of the functioning of the state and willingness and readiness to learn about the Slovak health system. To view the program details, please access the program brochure.
ISPOR MEMBER ENGAGEMENT AND CONTRIBUTION OPPORTUNITIES
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UPDATES FROM ISPOR GLOBAL
- ISPOR 2020, May 16-20, 2020, Orlando, Florida
Theme: “HEOR: Advancing Evidence to Action.” The conference is expected to gather over 4000 global stakeholders from all sectors including policy makers, global thought leaders, researchers and academicians, public and private payers, healthcare providers, and patient engagement organizations.
Abstract submission opens: November 1,
Abstract submission closes: January 15, 2020
Author notification: March 2, 2020
Conference registration opens: December 2019
For details about the conference program, registration rates, exhibits and sponsorship opportunities, please visit ISPOR 2020.
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