We are delighted to share with you the January 2020 issue of ISPOR News Across EMEA and take this opportunity to wish you good health and happiness in the new year as well as continued success and many accomplishments. As we enter this new decade, we look forward to your further engagement with ISPOR and support of the Society’s mission, vision, and the ISPOR Strategic Plan 2024.
In this issue, among other topics, we highlight the contribution of the ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA at ISPOR Europe 2019 conference, bring you the latest news on the state of health in the European Union, including brief information on the recently introduced Digital Supply Law in Germany, update on the development of the African Medicine Agency and provide an overview of universal health coverage implementation in Nigeria. Furthermore, we provide an overview of the key ISPOR EMEA initiatives and major accomplishments in 2019 and share the guiding objectives of the EMEA Networks and Consortium Annual Agendas for 2020.
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Enjoy the January 2020 ISPOR News Across EMEA,
ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA Team
HEOR UPDATES FROM EMEA REGION
- State of Health in the EU: shift to prevention and primary care is the most important trend across countries
A recent report published by the European Union depicting the profile and status of health systems in 30 countries. Full text is available on the EU press release website.
- Germany Introduces Digital Supply Act to Digitalize the Country’s Healthcare
The Digital Supply Law (DVG) was passed by the German parliament on November 8, 2019. “Under the new legislation, doctors will be able to prescribe digital health apps to patients, which can be reimbursed by the country’s statutory health insurance. App providers will have to prove to the federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) that their apps can improve patient care.” reports HealthcareITNews.
- The African Medicines Agency: Update
The establishment of the African Medicines Agency (AMA) was initiated with adoption of the AMA Treaty in February 2019. The AMA Treaty is currently in the process of national ratification with 5 African Union states already having signed up to the Treaty. Sustainable financing and operating models for the ASMA were presented and discussed at the 4th Biennial Scientific Conference on Medical Products Regulation in Africa on Sept 30-Oct 1, 2019 in Zimbabwe. WHO was among the supporting institutions, with the European Medicines Agency participating in the conference. More information.
- Challenges of Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria
Dr. Uchenna Ewelike, PhD, Senior Health Economist, Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, UK, discusses the challenges and importance of implementing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Nigeria. The article has been published and is available at Nigeria Health Watch, an online communication platform dedicated to healthcare issues in Nigeria.
ISPOR CHAPTERS REGIONAL NEWS
- Patient-centered conference, organized by the ISPOR Hungary Chapter on December 2 discussed the opportunities for collaboration between local patient organizations and various healthcare institutions in Hungary and the role of patient organizations in the decision-making system. In addition to roundtable discussions the program included poster presentation and a workshop. A full report about the conference is available on the ISPOR Hungary Chapter webpage.
- Alexey Kolbin, President of ISPOR Russia St. Petersburg Chapter explains what does it take to be recognized with the ISPOR Outstanding Chapter Award and provides advice to other ISPOR Chapters on how to deliver value and engage members in the December 2019 edition of ISPOR Value & Outcomes Spotlight. In addition to Dr. Kolbin, the publication features interviews with the Presidents of ISPOR Colombia and West China Chapters, also recognized with the Award, who discuss the impact of digital technologies on improving patient outcomes and share top HEOR trends in their countries.
- A workshop dedicated to methodology in evaluating medical devices was organized by the ISPOR Spain Chapter on November 19 in Madrid. The event focused on introducing GRADE – a method that is used within the medical device framework and differences between drugs and medical devices. More about this workshop is available on the ISPOR Spain Chapter webpage.
- HTA – as a new tool in the decision-making process in Ukraine was the focus of the multi-stakeholders’ national conference held in Kiev on October 22-23. The event titled: “Safety and Legal Support of Medicinal Products: from Development to Medical Use,” was organized by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, the National Academy of Medical Sciences, and the State Expert Center of the MoH of Ukraine. The plenary session and roundtables emphasized the importance of HTA in the decision-making in healthcare system in Ukraine as the highest value for patients and provided roadmap for implementing new strategies for capacity building for HTA in the country. Full report form the conference is available on the ISPOR Ukraine Chapter webpage.
EMEA NETWORKS AND CONSORTIUM UPDATES
- ISPOR Europe 2019, 2-6 November, Copenhagen, Denmark – highlights!
– The conference focused on: “Digital Transformation of Healthcare: Changing Roles and Responsibilities” and offered HEOR research, methodology, health policy developments in the context of digitalization of healthcare systems’ challenges and opportunities.
– Over 5500 registrants with 63% representing Europe and 21% other global regions (Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa.
- ISPOR Global Groups presented in new collaborative sessions on:
- Executive Committee meetings were held by the ISPOR Africa and ISPOR Arabic Networks, and ISPOR CEE Consortium who took the opportunity to review and approve the objectives and activities for each of the group’s 2020 Annual Agendas.
- Meetings of ISPOR Regional Chapters included presentations and engaging discussions on currently trending topics in the regions, such as: “HTA status and trends in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, “price and reimbursement reforms in Spain,” “patient empowerment tools and changes in the Austrian healthcare system,” “MCDA and HTA in Turkey,” “health economic issues for professionals and those interested in health economic science,” “career support for students in Algeria.”
- As part of promoting efforts to engage students and new professionals in EMEA Chapters and Networks activities, the ISPOR Student Network Chair, Aakash Gandhi participated in most of the Chapter meetings during which he talked about current status of ISPOR Student Chapters globally and emphasized the advantages and benefits for involving students from EMEA regions with the Chapters.
- ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA Annual Agendas 2020 – whether you are a Chapter leader, or a member, make sure to read these documents developed in collaboration with Networks/Consortium Chairs and approved by the Executive Committee members. The annual work plans for the Arabic Network, Africa Network, and CEE Consortium provide a roadmap of specific objectives and activities to be implemented by the agreed timeframe by each group in 2020. For questions and clarification on the agendas, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Deadline to submit ISPOR 2019 Regional Chapter Annual Report is almost here! Please make sure to access the link: ISPOR 2019 Annual Chapter Report and fill out the survey by January 31, 2019. Submitting the report is an opportunity to reflect on your Chapter’s progress and accomplishments, share with ISPOR information about new initiatives, collaborations and challenges. Information provided in this report is referred to in the eligibility assessment and selection process for the ISPOR Outstanding Chapter Award. Submission of Chapter Annual Report is required by the ISPOR Board and failure to comply for two consecutive years may result in the revocation of the Chapter’s charter.
ISPOR MEMBER NEWS AND ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
- Accomplishments and successes of 2019!
ISPOR Warsaw 2019 – was ISPOR’s first conference organized in the CEE region under the theme:“Navigating Joint HTA, Procurement and Fair Pricing – Evidence-Based Insights and Practical Recommendations.”The event, which received honorary patronage by the Ministry of Health of Poland offered number of educational symposia and panel sessions addressing the topics of HTA and regulatory interaction, biosimilars, assessment of medical devices, procurement and pricing, among others. Attendees representing 34 countries had an opportunity to learn from multi-stakeholder perspectives from industry, policy making, regulation, medical profession, research, academia and relevant national medical/health economics societies.
ISPOR Chapter Leadership Training on “What Makes a Good Leader and Why It Matters” was organized for global groups leaders, including EMEA, during ISPOR 2019 in New Orleans, LA, USA. The workshop was led by a professional leadership skills facilitator and focused on developing leader skills for volunteer managers. More about the Chapter Leader Trainings and reports are available here.
ISPOR Russia St. Petersburg Chapter was recognized with the ISPOR 2019 Outstanding Chapter Award for the second time for its exceptional contribution and leadership efforts in advancing ISPOR’s mission in the region. Read more about the interview with the Chapter President in ISPOR’s VOS magazine in “ISPOR Chapters Regional News” section of this newsletter.
ISPOR CEE Consortium assessed education and training opportunities in health economics, pharmacoeconomics, and HTA in Central and Eastern Europe via a survey launched in January 2019. The purpose of this initiative was to develop a structured overview of the education and training opportunities in HE/HTA in the countries of the ISPOR CEE Consortium Chapters. According to the results most of the CEE countries have education systems that include HE/PE/HTA and that the development of core education programmes on HE/PE/HTA in CEE for training decision-makers is highly perspective. Analysis of the survey was presented during the ISPOR CEE Consortium meeting at ISPOR Europe 2019.
Contribution to ISPOR Leadership Webinars on: “Chapter Engagement in Local Health Policy Decision-making” and “Sharing Good Practices for Student & Regional Collaborations to Increase Chapter Engagement.” EMEA members shared with ISPOR global members useful and practical information on their Chapter’s successful contribution to local health policies and engagement with students from the region. Webinars can be viewed here.
- ISPOR Dubai 2020 – 29-30 September 2020 – save the date! Following the successful launch of the ISPOR event in the Middle East and Africa in 2018, ISPOR is preparing for another HEOR event in the region. The ISPOR Dubai 2020 will convene under the theme: “Value-Based Health Care: Health Policy, Economics and Outcomes” and the program will include short courses, invited panel sessions, educational symposia, Arabic Network meeting, and networking opportunity during a welcome reception. Session topics will discuss access to healthcare and innovative health technologies, universal health coverage and the role of HTA, challenges and solutions in the application of real-world evidence, centralized purchasing, managed-entry agreements, value measurement and resource prioritization, and much more. For program details and registration, keep checking ISPOR Dubai 2020 as we continue to update the website. If you have questions about sponsorship opportunities or are interested in recommending supporting institutions for the event, please contact us at email@example.com.
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- ISPOR announces new “2020 Top 10 HEOR Trends.” The report identified the top 10 HEOR trends that will shape the field and influence healthcare in 2020 and the near future. Rising to the top this year is the real-world evidence, followed by drug-pricing, and affordability of novel and curative therapies. The report is based on a survey of the Society’s members and curated by the Society’s Health Science Policy Council. The full report is available here.
- Congratulations to Manuel Espinoza, the new editor-in-chief for ISPOR Value in Health Regional Issues! Dr Espinoza is an associate professor with the Department of Public Health at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile. Prior to his appointment as editor-in-chief for ViHRI he was serving as an associate editor for Value in Health, the Society’s flagship journal. A longtime active member of ISPOR, Dr Espinoza has held many leadership positions within the Society, including president of the Latin America Consortium, president of the Chilean Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR Chile Chapter), and director on the ISPOR Board of Directors. Press release.
- ISPOR-FDA Summit 2020 – March 31, 2020, White Oak Campus, Silver Spring, MD, USA. This Summit will provide a forum to engage key stakeholders, including patients, researchers, regulators, payers, and the life sciences industry, to discuss and explore potential applications, challenges, and opportunities of using PPI across the healthcare ecosystem. The event titled: “Using Patient-Preference Information in Medical Device Regulatory Decisions: Benefit-Risk and Beyond” is sponsored by ISPOR and FDA. For more information, please access here.
- ISPOR 2020, May 16-20, 2020, Orlando, Florida – registration is now open! The focus will be on: “HEOR: Advancing Evidence to Action.” Over 4000 global stakeholders are expected from all sectors including policy makers, global thought leaders, researchers and academicians, public and private payers, healthcare providers, and patient engagement organizations. For conference program, venue details, and registration information, please visit ISPOR 2020.
- ISPOR Asia Pacific 2020 – 12-15 September 2020, Seoul, South Korea. The theme of the conference is “Next Generation Healthcare in Asia Pacific: Where Technology Meets Patients to Improve Care.” Participants will have an opportunity to examine HEOR’s role in precision medicine, patient involvement in healthcare decision-making, innovative high-cost interventions, and many other important issues through over 1000 presentations featured in the program. Abstracts are now being until March 11, 2020. Please visit ISPOR Asia Pacific 2020 for program details.
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To learn about the latest HEOR news in (Latin America / Asia Pacific) and read about activities and initiatives of ISPOR global groups in the (Latin America /Asia Pacific) regions, please access the January 2020 issue of News Across Latin America . / January 2020 issues of News Across Asia-Pacific.
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