ISPOR News Across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) – October 2019 Issue

  

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 emea@ispor.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.

Sincerely,

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 19:45-21:00.
  • For full conference program and registration information, please access here.

For questions about ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA activities please contact emea@ispor.org.

FEATURED ARTICLES

  • 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 [1]. 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 [2]. 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

  • Let us know about your Chapter’s proud accomplishments, past year’s activities, challenges and needs through submission of the ISPOR 2019 Regional Chapter Annual Report!

It is a great opportunity to highlight your Chapter’s and members progress in the areas of local research, education, and policy developments. It provides information about your Chapter’s collaboration with local and international organizations, contributions to ISPOR conferences, and relevant non-ISPOR events. Completing the Report and submitting it by the indicated deadline is key to your Chapter’s consideration for the ISPOR Outstanding Regional Chapter Award (as described in the ISPOR EMEA Regional News section.) Information provided in the Reports is carefully reviewed for the eligibility assessment and against the specific criteria in the process of selecting the finalists. The communication to submit the Report will be sent to Chapters Presidents by the end of November 2019. Deadline to complete it via the SurveyMonkey will be requested by January 31, 2020.

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, 2019
Abstract submission closes: January 15, 2020
Author notification: March 2, 2020

Important dates:

Conference registration opens: December 2019

For details about the conference program, registration rates, exhibits and sponsorship opportunities, please visit ISPOR 2020.

  • In addition to many perks that ISPOR membership provides, having an active membership status is an ISPOR compliance requirement for leaders of ISPOR global groups, including networks/consortia chairs and leaders of Regional Chapters. Go to ISPOR membership (click on the green button “Join/Renew” to check your profile and renew if your membership has expired.)
  • You need to create your member profile on the ISPOR website if you wish to receive communication from ISPOR, access HEOR content and resources, including Value in Health and Value in Health Regional Issues articles, Good Practices for Outcomes Research Reports, and other HEOR. It is also important that you specify your “Regional Area of Interest” in order to be added to the mailing list for ISPOR regional newsletters.

Here are the steps how to choose your Regional Area of Interest:

Step 1: Log in to your ISPOR Profile. https://www.ispor.org/ Click on “Log In.”

Step 2: On your main profile page, click on “Edit Demographics in the middle of your screen.

            Step 3: Click on “Regional Area of Interest:

            Step 4: Choose your Regional Area of Interest and click “Save”.

You will then be added to the mailing list for ISPOR regional newsletters.

  • If your Chapter is planning an activity and ISPOR Chapter logo will be placed on promotional materials, please make sure to contact emea@ispor.org to request the ISPOR Regional Chapter logo! As part of ISPOR’s new branding initiative, the branded logos for ISPOR Regional Chapters have been designed to identify the group’s relationship with ISPOR and provide a professional image to the group that is reflective of ISPOR’s brand, mission, and vision. New logos should be used for Chapter-organized events and communication.
  • Remember to use new ISPOR Conference Hashtags!
  • #ISPOREurope (for the annual ISPOR conferences held in Europe)
  • #ISPORAP (for ISPOR conferences held in Asia Pacific)
  • #ISPORLA (for ISPOR conferences held in Latin America)
  • #ISPORSummit (for ISPOR Summits)
  • #ISPOR<<city name>> (for ISPOR regional conferences, e.g., #ISPORDubai)

ABOUT ISPOR GLOBAL NETWORKS – EMEA

ISPOR Global Networks EMEA represents regional groups affiliated with ISPOR that promote research, development and practice focusing on the advancement of health economics and outcomes research in Europe, Middle East, and Africa through educational, research, and policy-related activities to improve decision making for health. ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA encompasses 2 regional networks: Arabic and Africa, and Central & Eastern Europe Consortium, 41 Regional Chapters and works with close to 5000 members representing research, academia, industry, health carepolicy makers, regulators, health economists and patients in this global region.

ABOUT ISPOR

ISPOR, the professional society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR), is an international, multi-stakeholder, nonprofit dedicated to advancing HEOR excellence to improve decision making for health globally. The society is the leading source for scientific conferences, peer-reviewed and MEDLINE®-indexed publications, good practices guidance, education, collaboration, and tools/resources in the field.

ISPOR News Across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) – July 2019 Issue

  

We hope you are enjoying summer and possibly some vacation time when you read this July 2019 issue of ISPOR News Across EMEA where we share with you the highlights of the ISPOR 2019 conference in New Orleans, bring you up-to-date on what is going on in the ISPOR Chapters in the EMEA region, and suggest exciting member engagement opportunities in ISPOR activities. 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 emea@ispor.org.

We also would like to remind you that we especially encourage you to share updates from the ISPOR EMEA regional groups on their specific activities in HTA, patient engagement and new area of digital/e-health, while welcoming all HEOR-relevant regional news!

We look forward to seeing you at ISPOR’s upcoming events (ISPOR Latin America, ISPOR Europe 2019, among others) and your continuous participation in our organization!

Sincerely,

ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA Team

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

ISPOR 2019, May 18-22, 2019, New Orleans, LA, USA

  • 4000 HEOR healthcare stakeholders from 65 countries (with nearly 500 attendees from the EMEA region) convened around the theme: “Rapid. Disruptive. Innovative. A New Era in HEOR.”
  • Thought-provoking plenary sessions: “The Dawn of Disruption in the Health Sector: Will Innovative Technologies Require Innovative Ways of Thinking?”, “Medical Device Innovation and Regulation: Turbocharged for Success?”, “Is Affordability Driving a Need to Revolutionize Drug Pricing?” Presentations available.

(Daniel Kraft, MD, from Singularity University during first plenary session talked about innovative technologies and their influence on today’s healthcare sector)

  • The ISPOR Ukraine and ISPOR Poland Chapters joint Forum: “New Value and Coverage Frameworks for Innovative Medicines in CEE.” Report from the presentation is available on the ISPOR Ukraine Chapter page.
  • Informal dialogue-based meetings with the ISPOR CEE Consortium, ISPOR Arabic Network and Africa Network provided a great opportunity for global ISPOR members to share their views, thoughts, and suggestions on how to improve communication and news sharing between the groups and ISPOR EMEA team. ISPOR members who are new to global groups had a chance to learn about current activities and upcoming opportunities for engagement.
  • Chapter Leadership training on: “What Makes a Good Leader and Why It Matters.” was led by a professional leadership skills facilitator and focused on developing leader skills for volunteer managers.

(The ISPOR Chapter Leadership Training gathered over 40 representatives from ISPOR regional and student chapters who learned new skills on how to effectively lead and manage their groups)

  • ISPOR Dubai 2020 Announced! Following a successful launch of the ISPOR event in the Middle East and Africa region last year, we are happy to announce ISPOR Dubai 2020 to be held on 29-30 September 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ISPOR Dubai 2020 program will include short courses, invited panel sessions, educational symposia, etc. More information will be available shortly on the ISPOR website. If you have any questions regarding events support, program and sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at emea@ispor.org.

ISPOR EMEA REGIONAL NEWS

  • Starting July 1, the ISPOR CEE Consortium has a new Chair – Dr Martin Visnansky (2019-2021). Dr Visnansky is the past President of ISPOR Slovakia Chapter and a current member of the Chapter Board. He will continue providing strong leadership to the Consortium in fulfilling its mission and implementing the annual agenda. Dr Bertalan Nemeth from ISPOR Hungary Chapter, has been recommended by the Consortium as the new Chair-elect and his confirmation is awaiting ratification by the ISPOR Board of Directors. We take this opportunity to thank the Past-Chair Dr Guenka Ivanova Petrova (ISPOR Bulgaria Chapter) for her valuable contribution to the CEE Consortium activities in the last two years and look forward to her further guidance and participation in the Consortium and the organization.
  • The ISPOR Africa Network has developed, agreed and commenced implementation of the Networks’ Research Framework. The objective of the Research Framework is to create a network of engaged researchers, experienced and inexperienced, within ISPOR Africa Network to facilitate the lifting-up of the Africa HEOR research profile to:
    • ensure the development of Network members HEOR research skills
    • ensure alignment with ISPOR’s global mission
    • encourage collaborative HEOR research projects inside the Africa Network and with external partners

Update on the implementation progress will be provided at the ISPOR Africa Network Executive Committee meeting during ISPOR Europe 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • The ISPOR South Africa Chapter is preparing to host its 8th Annual Conference in Johannesburg on 16-17 September 2019. The conference will include short courses, discussion sessions, networking opportunities and the first ISPOR South Africa Chapter Think Tank that is expected to attract different stakeholders for a discussion on the changes and trends in the South African healthcare system. There will be opportunity for students and researchers to showcase their research through poster and podium presentations. More details will be available in the coming weeks on the Chapter website and the Chapter LinkedIn page.
  • In support of the development of research skills in the UAE and the region, the ISPOR UAE Chapter is participating in a Certificate in Evidence Based Research. The first module (Certificate in Evidence Based Medicine) is scheduled to take place 28-29 September 2019 in Dubai. Also, in efforts to promote training and education in the region on HEOR, the Chapter has recently conducted a survey that focused around 3 main themes: participants’ demographics and education, experience in research, and areas of interest and what types of trainings and education topics are important. A report from these recent activities is available on the Chapter page.
  • ISPOR Chapters and HTA: The survey conducted by the ISPOR CEE Consortium assesses education and training opportunities in health economics, pharmacoeconomics, and HTA in Central and Eastern Europe. The purpose of this initiative launched in January 2019 was to develop a structured overview of the education and training opportunities in HE/HTA in the countries of the ISPOR CEE Consortium Chapters. The obtained results show that 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. Detailed results from the survey will be presented during the ISPOR CEE Consortium at ISPOR Europe 2019.
  • Congratulations to Alexandra Beletsi, PharmD, PhD for receiving the Value in Health Regional Issues Award (Central and Eastern Europe, Western Asia, and Africa) for her outstanding research paper, “Comparing Use of Health Technology Assessment in Pharmaceutical Policy among Earlier and More Recent,” that was published in ISPOR Value in Health Regional Issues in 2018. Dr Beletsi is with Servier Hellas Pharmaceuticals EPE, Athens, Greece. 
  • Patient engagement activities: The ISPOR Hungary Chapter organized 1st Patient Educational Workshop on 28 May 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. The event included presentations from experts at the HTA Office of the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition, the National Institute of Health Insurance Fund Management, and health economics researcher and a patient advocate, who presented good practices for patient involvement in Europe. A multi-stakeholder workshop was attended by over 40 patient representatives who had the opportunity to learn how key institutions operate and engage in dialogue directly with their representatives. 

(Patient Educational Workshop organized by ISPOR Hungary Chapter)

The Chapter also held the 13th Annual National Conference on Health Economics and Health Policy on 24 April in Budapest. The conference included presentations by experts from key national institutions, including the Secretary of State for Health, awards for the best poster and oral presentation, and a roundtable discussion on the healthcare-related proposals of the Central Bank of Hungary. Please visit the Chapter page for more information about the activities.

ISPOR MEMBER ENGAGEMENT AND CONTRIBUTION OPPORTUNITIES

  • ISPOR Special Interest Group presents Webinar on Machine Learning

The ISPOR Statistical Methods in Health Economics and Outcomes Research Special Interest Group will conduct a webinar on “The Principles of Machine Learning for Prediction.” The webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 30 at 12:00PM EDT. To sign up for this webinar, please contact StatisticalMethodsSIG@ispor.org

  • Call for candidates for Editor-in-Chief of Value in Health Regional Issues! ISPOR has launched an international search for qualified candidates to serve as the Editor-in-Chief who will be responsible for the journal within its defined regional/geographic context. The new Editor-in-Chief will play a key role in determining the strategic direction and future growth of the journal in Asia, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe, Western Asia, and Africa. The Editor-in-Chief position is a 4-year appointment (renewable once). While there is no regional residence requirement for this position, very strong consideration will be given to candidates located outside of North America/Western European countries. A complete job description for the position can be found here. Applicants are encouraged to review and complete an application here. Deadline to apply is July 31, 2019.
  • Are you interested in learning about: Data and Value in Healthcare: 2020 and Beyond? Consider attending the upcoming ISPOR Latin America 2019  12-14 September 2019 in Bogotá, Colombia. The conference will bring together regional and international thought leaders and stakeholders in HEOR to share innovative research methods, health policy developments, and key challenges in the Latin American health sector. In addition, ISPOR Latin America 2019 will feature 2 plenary sessions on “The Role of Data Supporting an Effective Decision-Making Process” and “Value Measurement in 2020: Moving Forward in Low to Middle-Income Countries,” 3 spotlight sessions , and many more presentations in different formats as well as professional & student events. The conference will also offer a series of 10 pre-meeting short (training) courses. Some short courses will be available in Spanish and English with simultaneous interpretation. Visit the conference website to learn more and join the conversation on social media using the #ISPORLA.
  • Digital Transformation of Healthcare: Changing Roles and Sharing Responsibilities – the theme of the upcoming ISPOR Europe 2019. Best of HEOR research, methodology, health policy developments in the context of digitalization of healthcare systems’ challenges and opportunities – do not miss this year’s ISPOR European event on 2-6 November 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark!  For conference details and to register, please access here.
  • Volunteer contributors for the ISPOR Book of Terms 2020!  ISPOR is revising its seminal Healthcare Cost, Quality and Outcomes: ISPOR Book of Terms

The 2003 bookincluded 100+ entries covering more than 400 terms related to the clinical, economic, and patient-reported outcomes relating to healthcare, as well as to the overall management and regulation of healthcare.  If you are interested in contributing to this ISPOR publication initiative, please access here and volunteer today! 

  • Call for Updates to Pharmacoeconomic Guidelines Around the World ISPOR’s Pharmacoeconomic Guidelines Around the World provide country-specific guidelines used by the healthcare agencies in the region to inform reimbursement decisions. If you would like your country’s Pharmacoeconomic Guidelines to be posted on the ISPOR website, please click here to see if your country is listed or email us for more information.
  • As announced in the April 2019 issue of News Across EMEA, we invite you to join the “I am an ISPOR member because …” campaign and share with us your views on ISPOR membership, why being an ISPOR member matters to you, which benefits of ISPOR membership you value the most, and how the opportunities provided by the Society have impacted your professional career in the HEOR field. We also look forward to hearing about your ISPOR membership experience. If you are interested in sharing your ISPOR experience, please email us at emea@ispor.org. Submitted feedback will be considered for publication in future issues of News Across and other ISPOR materials highlighting the value of ISPOR membership.

UPDATES FROM ISPOR GLOBAL

  • ISPOR Participates at HTAi 2019 Cologne – the ISPOR International Initiatives on the Assessments of the Value of Medical Technologies HTA Council Working Group presented a symposium at HTAi 2019 Cologne (15-19 June 2019, Cologne, Germany) discussing the progress of and preliminary results for their ongoing project. Panelists represented the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway; the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, UK; Health Canada, Canada; and Bocconi University, Italy. ISPOR presented on a panel discussing the Society’s health technology assessment (HTA) activities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The panel explored the potential for HTA beyond 2020 and the importance for international collaboration in the MENA region. Other panelists included INAHTA, WHO, HTAi, and the MENA Health Policy Forum.
  • ISPOR launches expanded HEOR Presentations Database to include non-citable session presentations including plenaries, workshops, and issue panels from the Society’s conferences from the past 3 years. It is also optimized for mobile and offers enhanced search functionality with newly refined taxonomy classifications to provide users with a more useful, comprehensive HEOR search tool. The Presentations Database is one of the most utilized HEOR resources that the Society offers. It includes more than 50,000 citable research abstracts of podium and poster presentations from ISPOR conferences that are also published in Value in Health beginning in 1998.The Database is freely available to all and can be found here. All of ISPOR’s HEOR resources can be found here.
  • ISPOR Board of Directors approves new Diversity and Inclusion Policy. The new Diversity and Inclusion Policy speaks to the commitment that the ISPOR’s Board of Directors and leadership have in reflecting the diversity of its membership in everything the Society does. As a global, multistakeholder, nonprofit organization, ISPOR focuses on a wide range of diversity dimensions that include (and not limited to) gender, career stage, ethnicity, race, education, sexual orientation, region/geographic location, physical disability, and religion. More about the policy is available here.
  • Reminder: ISPOR Regional Chapters have new logos! As part of ISPOR’s new branding initiative, newly branded logos for ISPOR Regional Chapters have been designed to identify the group’s relationship with ISPOR and provide a professional image to the group that is reflective of ISPOR’s brand, mission, and vision. New logos should be used for Chapter-organized events and communication. If you are planning Chapter event, please make sure you are using the new Chapter logo. If you do not have it, please contact emea@ispor.org and we will email it to you.
  • Remember: you need to create your member profile on the ISPOR website if you wish to receive communication from ISPOR, access HEOR content and resources, including Value in Health and Value in Health Regional Issues articles, Good Practices for Outcomes Research Reports, and other HEOR. It is also important that you specify your “Regional Area of Interest” in order to be added to the mailing list for ISPOR regional newsletters.

Here are the steps how to choose your Regional Area of Interest: Step 1: Log in to your ISPOR Profile. https://www.ispor.org/ Click on “Log In.” Step 2: On your main profile page, click on “Edit Demographics in the middle of your screen. Step 3: Click on “Regional Area of Interest: Step 4: Choose your Regional Area of Interest and click “Save”.

You will then be added to the Mailing list for regional newsletters. Please note: You must be an ISPOR member to receive Regional Newsletters. More information regarding ISPOR Membership can be found here https://www.ispor.org/membership.

ISPOR UPCOMING EVENTS AND IMPORTANT TIMELINES:

12-14 September 2019, Bogotá, Colombia
Early Registration Deadline: 30 July 2019

2-6 November 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark
Early Registration Deadline: 24 September 2019

New ISPOR Conference Hashtags 

  • #ISPOREurope (for the annual ISPOR conferences held in Europe)
  • #ISPORAP (for ISPOR conferences held in Asia Pacific)
  • #ISPORLA (for ISPOR conferences held in Latin America)
  • #ISPORSummit (for ISPOR Summits)
  • #ISPOR<<city name>> (for ISPOR regional conferences, e.g., #ISPORDubai)

ABOUT ISPOR GLOBAL NETWORKS – EMEA

ISPOR Global Networks EMEA represents regional groups affiliated with ISPOR that promote research, development and practice focusing on the advancement of health economics and outcomes research in Europe, Middle East, and Africa through educational, research, and policy-related activities to improve decision making for health. ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA encompasses 2 regional networks: Arabic and Africa, and Central & Eastern Europe Consortium,42 Regional Chapters and works with close to 5000 members representing research, academia, industry, healthcare policy makers, regulators, health economists and patients in this global region.

ABOUT ISPOR

ISPOR, the professional society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR), is an international, multi-stakeholder, nonprofit dedicated to advancing HEOR excellence to improve decision making for health globally. The society is the leading source for scientific conferences, peer-reviewed and MEDLINE®-indexed publications, good practices guidance, education, collaboration, and tools/resources in the field.



ISPOR News Across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), April 2019 Issue

  

We are delighted to share with you the April 2019 edition of ISPOR News Across EMEA  and present the latest activities and initiatives from regional chapters in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, give you updates from ISPOR HQ, and discuss the value of ISPOR membership, where we invite you to join “I am an ISPOR member because …” campaign and share your point of view on why being an ISPOR member matters.

The highlight of this issue is the recently held ISPOR Warsaw 2019 – a regional conference organized by ISPOR on March 27-28 in Warsaw, Poland that focused on health policy-related issues, research, and innovation relevant to the Central and Eastern European (CEE) and broader European audience. The conference gathered nearly 200 people from 34 countries, who had the opportunity to engage in discussions with key health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) stakeholders and leaders in Europe and beyond. The attendees got updates on the latest health-policy issues of joint HTA, procurement and pricing, medical device assessments and health data cooperation efforts in the European region, participated in knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities with the ISPOR member group members from eg, ISPOR Ukraine, ISPOR Poland Chapters, ISPOR CEE Consortium.

We hope you enjoy this edition of ISPOR EMEA newsletter and share it with your Chapter members and colleagues!

As always, we welcome your contribution and your feedback, as well as questions about ISPOR – you may contact us at emea@ispor.org.

We look forward to seeing you at ISPOR’s upcoming events and your continuous participation in our organization!

Sincerely,

ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA Team

ISSUE HIGHLIGHT –  ISPOR WARSAW 2019

  • Multi-stakeholder perspectives from industry, policy making, regulation, medical profession, research, academia and relevant national medical/health economics societies.
  • Four sessions onAligning Evidence Requirements for Drug Authorization and Coverage – Central and Eastern European (CEE) Countries Insights,” “Health Data, Health Data, and More Health Data: From Quantity to Quality Through Cooperation,” “Medical Device Assessment and Procurement – Fair and Efficient Access in Countries with Limited Health Budgets,” and “How Far Can We Go? Finding a Common Way in Clinical Evaluation, Data Generation, and Joint Procurement and Pricing Negotiations.” Presentations available

(Maggie Galbraith presenting in session 1 on drug authorization)

 

 

 

  • Three educational symposia on: “Improving Patient Access to Innovative Cancer Therapies: The Role of Managed Entry Agreements,” “The implementation of sustainable biosimilar policies to increase access to biological medicines in CEE countries,” “Multi-disciplinary approaches to address the unmet need in schizophrenia.” Presentations available
  • ISPOR Ukraine and ISPOR Poland Chapter meetings – addressed local HTA implementation and reimbursement, as well as capacity building in HEOR. Presentations and summaries will be made available on the Chapter webpages.

(Roman Ilyk, Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine discussing national drug policy in Ukraine)

 

 

 

  • ISPOR CEE Consortium meeting – discussed education and research projects developed by the Consortium and provided updates on Chapters regional activities. Topic on patient engagement in the HTA and procurement activities in the CEE region was presented. The summary of discussions will be made available to the CEE Consortium members.

(Representatives of the ISPOR CEE Consortium)

 

 

 

  • Honorary patronage by the Ministry of Health of Poland and support from 9 institutions representing top health policy and academic institutions, regional NGOs from the European region, and institutions represented by the conference’s speakers and regional advisors.
  • Nearly 200 attendees representing 34 countries

(Conference registrants)

 

 

 

ISPOR EMEA REGIONAL NEWS

  • Congratulations to Dr Martin Visnansky for being ratified by the ISPOR Board of Directors as the new Chair-elect of the ISPOR CEE Consortium. Dr Visnansky is the past President of ISPOR Slovakia Chapter and a current member of the Chapter Board, his candidacy was supported by the CEE Executive Committee members. Dr Visnansky’s vision for the CEE Consortium focuses on “working with the Consortium to strengthen its recognition as a reliable and acknowledged partner.”
  • On March 26 the ISPOR Spain Chapter participated in a meeting with a local Ministry of Health with a theme “New Perspectives to Improve Health Systems of the 21 Century.” Topics of discussion included new funding models for medicines and healthcare technologies that allow technological innovations and maintaining the sustainability of the health system. Among speakers were representatives of public health organizations and academic institutions in Spain.
  • Earlier in the year, on February 19, ISPOR Spain Chapter also organized a training that focused on providing methodological basis of multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) and examples of its application. The program included two session, the first one started with a global lecture about innovation and the role of MCDA by Dr Álvaro Hidalgo. The second session offered a Q&A time and presentation of application of MCDA in different settings.
  • Recent new appointments for Chapter Presidents include: Dr Agnes Nyabigambo (ISPOR Uganda Chapter), Dr Maria Bucek Psenkova (ISPOR Slovakia Chapter), and Dr Matej Linke (ISPOR Slovenia Chapter) – congratulations to all! The Global Networks – EMEA team is looking forward to working with you!
  • 1st National HTA Forum in Ukraine titled: “New Opportunities and Future Directions” was held on February 28 in Kiev. The event, which focused on HTA implementation in Ukraine was organized by the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Ukraine with the support of USAID. Close to 130 representatives of state authorities, scientific and educational institutions, patient organizations and industry participated in a discussion on forming the HTA roadmap in Ukraine. Oresta Piniazhko, the President of ISPOR Ukraine Chapter participated in the Forum together with Prof. Roman Ilyk, the Deputy Minister (MOH) and members of the Chapter board. More information about the event and Chapter’s representation in the development of HTA roadmap is available on the Chapter’s page.
  • ISPOR Kenya Chapter held a meeting with health economics students from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK in Nairobi, Kenya on February 18 during which information about Chapter and its activities were presented.

(ISPOR Kenya Chapter members with students from the University of Edinburgh)

 

 

  • ISPOR Ethiopia Chapter held its 2 national symposia on December 19-20 at the College of Medicine and Health Science Gondar, University of Gondar in Ethiopia titled “Access to Quality Medicines in Ethiopia: The Impact of Counterfeit Medications and The Role of Local Pharmaceutical Companies”. The symposium included 31 oral and poster presentations, two key note speeches, as well an educational seminar. Close to 100 participants included policy and decision makers, regulatory authorities, clinical researchers, public health experts, academicians, as well as representatives from local pharmaceutical companies.
  • ISPOR Slovakia Chapter has a new Chapter President, Maria Bucek Psenkova. Dr. Psenkova and the Chapter Board agreed on new activities that include: preparation of local methodical PE guidelines, organization of seminars aimed to provide a forum for discussion on PE analyses submitted to the Ministry of Health, and continuation of co-operation with patient organizations and professional associations.

ISPOR MEMBER UPDATES

  • ISPOR Global Networks EMEA at ISPOR 2019 conference, May 18-22, New Orleans, LA, USA

– A Leadership Training for ISPOR Regional Chapter leaders will be organized on Monday at 5:15pm-7:15pm. The theme of the training is: “What Makes a Good Leader and Why It Matters, the training will be led by a professional leadership skills facilitator and focus on developing leader skills for volunteer managers. All ISPOR Regional Chapter Presidents are welcome to attend. If you are interested in participation, please contact emea@ispor.org, space is limited.

– Informal meetings will be held for members of the ISPOR Arabic and Africa Networks and CEE Consortium during Monday and Tuesday lunchtime. If you are interested in attending, please contact emea@ispor.org.

– All registrants are welcome to stop by the ISPOR booth (in the Exhibit Hall) on Monday at 3:15pm for an informational session on “Global Networks: Explore the Benefits of Transitioning From Conference Registrant to Member.” The Global Networks Chapters liaisons for Asia, Latin America, and EMEA will help you learn more about various benefits and overall value of ISPOR membership beyond conference participation.

– Join ISPOR global HEOR community at a Global Networks Reception on Monday at 7:30pm-9:00pm and take advantage of a unique networking opportunity to connect with ISPOR members from other regions.

– ISPOR Ukraine and Poland Chapters will deliver a joint presentation on Tuesday at 12:30pm – 1:45pm on the topic: “New Value and Coverage Frameworks for Innovative Medicines in CEE,” which will discuss new trends and approaches to optimize access and value of innovative medicines in the CEE region.

– There are several activities organized for ISPOR student members, such as: Student Leadership Retreat, Student Research Competition, Student & Faculty Icebreaker Reception and much more. For complete schedule and RSVP, please contact studentnetwork@ispor.org.

  • Thank you to the EMEA Regional Chapters for complying with ISPOR governance requirements and submitting Annual Chapter Reports and 2019 Work Plans! All reports are being reviewed by the Global Networks – EMEA team and will be shared with the ISPOR Board of Directors. Information provided in the reports is also being reviewed and is considered in the selection process for the 2019 ISPOR Outstanding Chapter Award. Copies of the Chapter Annual Reports are available on individual Regional Chapters.
  • Upcoming ISPOR Student Network Activities:

– Student Network Leadership Meeting, Friday, April 12, 2019 | 11:00am-12:00pm EDT. Link to register: https://ispor.webex.com/ispor/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8a335a1d2978de94972123cf1acac993

– Student Educational Webinar – “An Introduction to Pharmacovigilance.” Presenter: Dongmu Zhang, PhD, Director, Abbvie Inc., Chicago, IL, USA. Link to register: https://ispor.webex.com/ispor/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4936ddd8e0ee8f203d31db9666679feb

– Student Network Leadership Meeting, Friday, May 10, 2019 | 11:00am-12:00pm EDT. Link To Register: https://ispor.webex.com/ispor/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1b0e749841bcc2ce67f28a991f71ca87

  • Looking for trending topics in HEOR taught by global experts and thought leaders in the field? Visit ISPOR Webinars page and take opportunity of the virtual training sessions offered in the areas of on economic evaluation, clinical outcomes, HTA, health policy and regulatory, and much more. For questions please contact education@ispor.org.
  • ISPOR regional conference in the Middle East 2020– preparations are ongoing for ISPOR 2-day event in March 2020. The program will include short courses, invited panel sessions, educational symposia, atc. More information will be available on ISPOR website in the coming months. If you have questions about contribution to this meeting, please contact emea@ispor.org.
  • New ISPOR Global Networks Membership Campaign: ISPOR values its global members, their commitment, contribution, and continuous support of the Society. We now invite you to join the “I am an ISPOR member because …” campaign and share with us your personal views on why being an ISPOR member matters, which benefits of ISPOR membership you value the most, and how the opportunities provided by the association have impacted your professional career in the HEOR field. We kindly ask that you share 3-5 sentences describing your ISPOR membership experience, your full name, degree, affiliation and a headshot by June 15, 2019 to emea@ispor.org. Submitted feedback will be reviewed for being featured in the July issue of News Across EMEA as well as considered for publication in other ISPOR materials highlighting the value of ISPOR membership.
  • Reminder: ISPOR Regional Chapters have new logos! As part of ISPOR’s new branding initiative, newly branded logos for ISPOR Regional Chapters have been designed to identify the group’s relationship with ISPOR and provide a professional image to the group that is reflective of ISPOR’s brand, mission, and vision. New logos should be used for Chapter-organized events and communication. If you are planning Chapter event, please make sure you are using the new Chapter logo. If you do not have it, please contact emea@ispor.org and we will email it to you.
  • Remember: create your member profile on the ISPOR website. As indicated in the September 2018 issue, it is important that you activate your user profile in the new system and customize your communications preferences to receive communication from ISPOR, access HEOR content and resources, including Value in Health and Value in Health Regional Issues articles, Good Practices for Outcomes Research Reports, and other HEOR resources. From now on, “Certificates of Attendance” to ISPOR meetings will be posted to the individual’s members account.

Here are the steps to download your certificates:

  1. From the top of the ISPOR Home page delegate would “Log In” or “Manage Profile”
  2. Once logged in go to “My Account” select “My Events”
  3. Under “My Events” delegates will see all the events they have attended.
  4. Click on the specific event under which will be an option in the bottom left to “Print Certificate of Attendance

ISPOR UPCOMING EVENTS:

May 18-22, 2019, New Orleans, LA, USA. Early Registration Deadline: April 9, 2019

 

 

12-14 September 2019, Bogota, Colombia. Early Registration Deadline: 30 July 2019

 

 

2-6 November, 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark
Abstract Submission Opens: 1 March 2019
Abstract Submission Deadline: 12 June 2019

 

 

New ISPOR Conference Hashtags – for 2019 Conferences:

  • #ISPORAnnual (for the annual ISPOR conferences held in North America)
  • #ISPOREurope (for the annual ISPOR conferences held in Europe)
  • #ISPORAP (for ISPOR conferences held in Asia Pacific)
  • #ISPORLA (for ISPOR conferences held in Latin America)
  • #ISPORSummit (for ISPOR Summits)
  • #ISPOR<<city name>> (for ISPOR regional conferences, e.g., #ISPORDubai, #ISPORWarsaw)

ABOUT ISPOR GLOBAL NETWORKS – EMEA

ISPOR Global Networks EMEA represents regional groups affiliated with ISPOR that promote research, development and practice focusing on the advancement of health economics and outcomes research in Europe, Middle East, and Africa through educational, research, and policy-related activities to improve decision making for health. ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA encompasses 2 regional networks: Arabic and Africa, and Central & Eastern Europe Consortium, 42 Regional Chapters and works with close to 5000 members representing research, academia, industry, health care policy makers, regulators, health economists and patients in this global region.

ABOUT ISPOR

ISPOR, the professional society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR), is an international, multi-stakeholder, nonprofit dedicated to advancing HEOR excellence to improve decision making for health globally. The society is the leading source for scientific conferences, peer-reviewed and MEDLINE®-indexed publications, good practices guidance, education, collaboration, and tools/resources in the field.

 

 

 

ISPOR News Across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), January 2019 Issue

  

As we share with you the January 2019 edition of ISPOR News Across EMEA, we would like to take this opportunity and wish you happiness, good health, and many accomplishments in this new year. We also thank you for your support and engagement with ISPOR initiatives in 2018 and look forward to continuous collaboration with you in the nearest future.

The past year has been very busy with many new developments and achievements in the EMEA region: in this issue we highlight some of the key events and successes of EMEA networks, consortium, and regional chapters in 2018. We are very excited to share with you the program overview of ISPOR Warsaw 2019 to be held on 27-28 March in Warsaw, Poland, and bring a number of other updates from the region.

We hope you enjoy this edition of ISPOR EMEA newsletter and share it with your Chapter members and colleagues!

As always, we welcome your contribution and your feedback, as well as questions about ISPOR – you may contact us at EMEA@ispor.org.

We look forward to seeing you at ISPOR’s upcoming events and your continuous participation in our organization!

ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA Team

 ISPOR EMEA 2018 HIGHLIGHTS

o   Five forums presented on emerging trends in global health care: MCDA and Patient Access in Africa; Market Access in CEE; Challenges in Medicines Funding for Rare Diseases; Value Assessment Framework in the Middle East; Criteria and Process of Rare Diseases Management in CEE Countries. Presentations available

o   Keynote address by HE Dr Amin Al Ameeri, MSc, PhD, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing Sector, Ministry of Health and Prevention, United Arab Emirates (pictured below with ISPOR CEO & Executive Director, Nancy Berg)

o   International speakers from more than 15 countries – presentations available

  • More than 20 EMEA Chapters represented during the ISPOR Chapter Leadership Training Workshops organized at ISPOR 2018 and ISPOR Europe 2018, where participants learned about successful approaches to chapter members engagement, leadership succession, training and capacity building. Access ISPOR Chapter Resource Center to learn more about the trainings and find useful information for Chapter leaders.

  • ISPOR Russia St. Petersburg Chapter recognized with the ISPOR 2018 Outstanding Chapter Award for its exceptional contribution and leadership efforts in advancing ISPOR’s mission in the region (chapter members pictured below after the award ceremony at ISPOR Europe 2018). Other awarded Chapters included Colombia and Mexico. President of ISPOR Russia St. Petersburg Chapter, Prof. Alexey Kolbin was featured in the November/December 2018 issue of Value &Outcomes Spotlight in recognition of Chapter’s Outstanding Award. The interview article is available here.

    • ISPOR EMEA and ISPOR Student Network joined efforts to strengthen cooperation in providing engagement opportunities for students from EMEA Chapters.
    • Rok Hren, Chair of ISPOR CEE Consortium Research Committee and ISPOR Slovenia Chapter President was elected to ISPOR Board of Directors 2018-2021.
    • New Chairs (2018-2020) were welcomed for the ISPOR Arabic and ISPOR Africa Networks Executive Committees.
    • ISPOR patient engagement in Europe: ISPOR has continued strengthening its patient engagement efforts in Europe in 2018: 
        • o   The meeting of the ISPOR Patient Representatives Roundtable- Europe took place in Barcelona during the ISPOR Europe 2018 conference in November 2018. On the agenda was the issue of the impact of patient involvement in health technology assessment (HTA) process, including presentations from the EU Commission on the proposed new legislation on the key elements of possible EU cooperation framework on HTA, and case examples of patient organizations and industry partners involving patients in HTA and reimbursement decision across various countries.
        • o   The program of ISPOR Europe 2018 featured a few sessions dedicated to patient engagement issues – including a special ISPOR Spotlight Session “Transforming Healthcare: The impact of Patient Engagement” (IP15). The press release for this session can be found here. ISPOR continued continues to actively collaborate in the European Patients’ Academy (EUPATI) initiative.
        • o   ISPOR has been involved from the start of EUPATI in 2012-2017 project phase (developing the HTA component of the EUPATI Tool Kit) and has been its active supporter since then. ISPOR is a member of the Steering Group of the EUPATI Sustaining Partners providing advice and in-kind support to EUPATI activities.
  • ISPOR leaders continued to educate about HEOR at various events in Europe:  one of the latest example: Prof. Lou Garrison, PhD, ISPOR Past President (2016-2017) spoke on “How can we value novel medicines? A health economic perspective” during a two-day conference held by the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences FORUM in October 2018. Video presentation by Prof. Garrison is available here.

 ISPOR EMEA 2019 Q1 UPDATES

Conference theme: “Navigating Joint HTA, Procurement and Fair Pricing – Evidence-Based Insights and Practical Recommendationswill be explored in a number of educational symposia and panel sessions addressing the topics of HTA and regulatory interaction, biosimilars, assessment of medical devices, cooperation on health data, common ways in clinical evaluation, procurement and pricing, among others. The program also includes meetings of the ISPOR CEE Consortium and ISPOR Chapters from the region.

For information on the event’s program, registration, supporting institutions and sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please visit ISPOR Warsaw 2019 website.

If you have any further questions about ISPOR Warsaw 2019, please contact the ISPOR EMEA Team at emea@ispor.org

    • For ISPOR Regional Chapter Presidents: requests for Regional Chapter meetings are now being accepted for ISPOR 2019 conference to be held May 18-22, 2019 in New Orleans, USA. Please contact Emea@ispor.org asap (and no later than Feb 7) if you would like to contribute.
    • ISPOR Chapter 2018 Annual Reports and 2019 Work Plans are due on January 31, 2018. Chapters that submit fully complete annual reports will be considered for the Outstanding Chapter Award. Chapters that do not submit their reports may risk losing their ISPOR Chapter status. To submit your Chapter’s report, access the online tool SurveyMonkey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ChapterReport2018.
    • Remember: ISPOR Regional Chapters have new logos! As part of ISPOR’s new branding initiative, newly branded logos for ISPOR Regional Chapters have been designed to identify the group’s relationship with ISPOR and provide a professional image to the group that is reflective of ISPOR’s brand, mission, and vision. New logos should be used for Chapter-organized events and communication. If you are planning Chapter event, please make sure you are using the new Chapter logo. If you do not have it, please contact EMEA@ispor.org and we will email it to you.
    • Your assistance is needed! ISPOR is interested to have references to the regional documents/guidance/other evidence sources where our knowledge products are being utilized at the local and national decision-making levels. If you have a knowledge of the use of the ISPOR Good Practice Task Force reports by governmental/regulatory bodies in your countries, we kindly ask you to send this information to Emea@ispor.org.
    • Collaboration between ISPOR Regional Groups and ISPOR Student Network: There are 407 students and 30 student chapters representing the EMEA region in ISPOR Student Network. Those students that are not connected with ISPOR/do not have an ISPOR Student Chapter in their region now have an opportunity to learn about involvement in student projects, ISPOR Special Interest Groups (SIGs), contribution to publications, and ISPOR events: as part of a collaboration and alignment between ISPOR EMEA and ISPOR Student Network a new initiative was introduced to invite students from ISPOR regional chapters to attend the ISPOR Student Network monthly meetings (please see schedule of upcoming meetings below). For questions about students engagement, please contact Emea@ispor.org or studentnetwork@ispor.org.
    • Student Network Leadership – Upcoming Meetings

February 15, 2019 | 11-12pm EDT

March 15, 2019 | 11-12pm EDT

April 19, 2019 | 11-12pm EDT

May 10, 2019 | 11-12pm EDT

  • ISPOR Travel Grants – the program supports attendance at the Society’s scientific conferences for eligible ISPOR members. Applications are now being accepted for the following ISPOR meetings in 2019:

o   ISPOR 2019, May 18-22, 2019, New Orleans, LA, USA: application deadline is February 18

o   ISPOR Europe 2019, November 2-6, 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark: application deadline is August 5

For questions about the grant eligibility and criteria, please visit ISPOR Travel Grants. Questions can be also sent to travelgrant@ispor.org.

To learn more about how the ISPOR Travel Grant Supports HEOR Professionals from Low- and Middle-Income Countries, read here.

  • ISPOR announces 2019 10 Top HEOR Trends report! For the second year, based on a survey of its members, the Society has identified the top 10 HEOR trends that will shape the field in the near future. The complete report can be downloaded here.

UPDATES FROM EMEA REGIONAL CHAPTERS

      • A series of trainings and informational activities have been organized by the ISPOR Italy-Rome Chapter throughout 2018. These include: 1) creating Chapter website in Italian language, which provides updated information on Chapter projects, coverage from organized/or attended events, 2) performing interviews with world experts in health economics and HTA , that were broadcasted by the national television network and web channels, and 3) active Chapter involvement on social media platforms, such as: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn. A report from the Chapter including summary from a meeting organized at ISPOR Europe 2018 is available on ISPOR Italy-Rome Chapter page.
      •  ISPOR Uganda Chapter held a general Chapter Meeting & Networking Event on December 6, 2018 in Kampala, Uganda which included presentations on current HEOR trends and posters exhibition.
      • A scientific conference with international participation was organized by the ISPOR Belarus Chapter in cooperation with a local Ministry of Health on November 29-30 in Minsk, Belarus. The event was titled “Clinical Pharmacology and Evaluation of Medical Technologies in the Strategy of Sustainable Development of Health Care” and celebrated 35 years of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology of the Belarusian State Medical University and 10 years of the Clinical Pharmacology Service of the Republic of Belarus.
      • ISPOR Czech Chapter introduced educational activities focused on patient’s and organized a 5-day course during which a workshop was held by Karen Facey from the University of Edinburgh, a recognized expert in Patient´s involvement in the UK HTA process. For more news from the Chapter, visit the ISPOR Czech Chapter page.
      • ISPOR Poland Chapter held its annual – 16th International Conference of the Polish Pharmacoeconomics Society in Warsaw, Poland on November 29-30. The Conference was titled “HTA development – challenges, practical solutions and expected benefits” and focused on discussing drug policy in Poland and the future of HTA in the light of new regulations. Other topics included: current trends in HEOR, e-health, and reimbursement policy, which will be delivered by regional and international panel of experts in health care.
      • During ISPOR Europe 2018, the ISPOR Spain Chapter delivered highly attended Forum presentation on “Challenges in Medicines Funding for Rare Diseases” and held a Chapter meeting during which learnings from ISPOR 2018 conferences, updates on working groups, and new topics for the Chapter agenda were shared with more than 80 Chapter members. A report from the Chapter is available on ISPOR Spain Chapter page.
      • More than 600 participants attended the 3rd National Congress of the Algerian Pharmaceutical Federation (FAP), organized with the involvement of ISPOR Algeria Chapter on November 2 – 3 in Algiers, Algeria. Among international speakers was Prof. Lou Garrison (ISPOR Past President 2017-2018) who delivered a short course on “Managed Entry Agreements.” Prof. Garrison also presented in a panel session together with Dr. Djouad Bourkaib, the head of Social Security in Algeria, on the affordability of innovative products.
      • ISPOR Egypt Chapter held its 3rd Annual Conference on October 11, 2018 in Cairo, Egypt. The focus of the conference was to identify best practices, common problems and propose further directions to implement HTA in the region and answer questions related to HTA capacity building, financing HTA research, process and organizational structure for HTA, standardization of HTA methodology, use of local data, and international collaboration in HTA. Over 150 participants representing academia, MOH, and industry attended the event which also served as an opportunity to raise awareness about HEOR and ISPOR in Egypt.
      • The highlight of ISPOR South Africa Chapter’s activities in 2018 was the Annual Conference on: “Universal Access to Health: The role of HTA and HEOR in Johannesburg,” held on September 16-18 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Presented topics included: Alternative Reimbursement Health Financing: Revenue, Strategic Purchasing and the Role of HTA, Challenges in NHI, Health Market Inquiry, The New Pharmacoeconomic Guidelines and other. Over 90 participants attended the event which included workshops focusing on technology and health care registries for better outcomes as well as HTA with real-world South African data examples. A report is available on ISPOR South Africa Chapter page.

IMPORTANT NOTICES FROM ISPOR

      • Create your member profile on the ISPOR website. As indicated in the September 2018 issue, it is important that you activate your user profile in the new system and customize your communications preferences to receive communication from ISPOR, access HEOR content and resources, including Value in Health and Value in Health Regional Issues articles, Good Practices for Outcomes Research Reports, and other HEOR resources. From now on, “Certificates of Attendance” to ISPOR meetings will be posted to the individual’s members account.

Here are the steps to download your certificates:

1. From the top of the ISPOR Home page delegate would “Log In” or “Manage Profile”

2. Once logged in go to “My Account” select “My Events”

3. Under “My Events” delegates will see all the events they have attended.

4. Click on the specific event under which will be an option in the bottom left to “Print Certificate of Attendance

ISPOR UPCOMING EVENTS:

March 27-28, 2019
Warsaw, Poland

May 18-22, 2019
New Orleans, LA, USA
Abstract Submission Open: October 1, 2018
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 16, 2019

12-14 September 2019
Bogota, Colombia
Abstract Submission Open: 1 December 2018
Abstract Submission Deadline: 13 March 2019

2-6 November, 2019
Copenhagen, Denmark
Abstract Submission Opens: 1 March 2019
Abstract Submission Deadline: 12 June 2019

 ABOUT ISPOR GLOBAL NETWORKS – EMEA

ISPOR Global Networks EMEA represents regional groups affiliated with ISPOR that promote research, development and practice focusing on the advancement of health economics and outcomes research in Europe, Middle East, and Africa through educational, research, and policy-related activities to improve decision making for health. ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA encompasses 2 regional networks: Arabic and Africa, and Central & Eastern Europe Consortium, 42 Regional Chapters and works with close to 5000 members representing research, academia, industry, health care policy makers, regulators, health economists and patients in this global region.

 ABOUT ISPOR

ISPOR, the professional society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR), is an international, multi-stakeholder, nonprofit dedicated to advancing HEOR excellence to improve decision making for health globally. The society is the leading source for scientific conferences, peer-reviewed and MEDLINE®-indexed publications, good practices guidance, education, collaboration, and tools/resources in the field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News Across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), September 2018 Issue

  

We are delighted to share with you the September 2018 edition of ISPOR News Across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and bring you information about the latest ISPOR initiatives and upcoming regional and global events, HEOR developments in Regional Chapters in the EMEA region, and new opportunities for membership engagement.

We are only one week away from ISPOR’s first regional HEOR event in the Middle East – ISPOR Dubai 2018. The conference titled: “Healthcare Decision-Making in the Middle East and North Africa: Role of HEOR & HTA” will feature thought-provoking panel discussions, as well as presentations in the form of workshops, symposia, round-tables and educational lectures led by highly recognized regional and international experts in the field. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn from each other, network, and engage in discussions with different stakeholders. If you want to meet people in the field and discuss the latest HEOR trends in the region – this is the place to be!

Other exciting news includes announcement of the winners of the new ISPOR recognition program – ISPOR Outstanding Chapter Awards, new Chairs of the Arabic and Africa Networks and new members of the ISPOR Board of Directors. We also bring you brief overview from ISPOR 2018 in Baltimore, introduce the preliminary program and opportunities for participation for Global Networks – EMEA at ISPOR Europe 2018 in Barcelona, share the latest news and relevant developments from the ISPOR EMEA Chapters, and provide insight into ISPOR’s new branding for ISPOR Regional Chapters and the new ISPOR website.

We hope you enjoy this issue and share it with your colleagues!

Please remember that we welcome your contribution and your feedback, as well as questions about ISPOR – you may contact us at EMEA@ispor.org.

We look forward to seeing you at ISPOR’s upcoming events and your continuous participation in our organization!

ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA Team

 

ISPOR DUBAI 2018 – REGISTER HERE!

WHY ATTEND?

The ISPOR’s first HEOR event in the Middle East and North Africa will be held 19-20 September 2018 at the Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai.

HE Dr Amin Al Ameeri, MSc, PhD, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing Sector, Ministry of Health and Prevention, United Arab Emirates will deliver the keynote address. The ISPOR Dubai 2018 program will feature a number of educational seminars, including “Introduction to Health Economics” and “Introduction to Health Technology Assessment.” The plenary session, “The Role of HEOR in Decision Making: Global Knowledge for Local Application,” will draw on the experience of speakers from the United Kingdom, United States, United Arab Emirates, and Egypt. The scientific program will cover a diverse mix of regional topics, including 3 panel discussions on “Improving Access to Innovative Health Technologies,” “Pricing and Reimbursement: Issues and Challenges,” and “Health Technology Assessment Implementation Roadmap in the Middle East and North Africa.” Speakers include international and regional experts in HEOR from government, academia, healthcare provider and industry organisations. The event is supported by a number of esteemed institutions from the Middle East and North Africa.

Full program and speakers visit ISPOR Dubai 2018.

For questions about the conference, please contact EMEA@ispor.org

WHY ATTEND?

ISPOR Europe 2018 will be held on 10-14 November 2018 in Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona. The conference with the theme of “New Perspectives for Improving 21st Century Health Systems” is expected to attract more than 5000 participants.  The scientific program will feature three plenary sessions and more than 2500 presentations in the form of workshops, issue panels, forums, symposia, and podium and poster presentations on innovative research methods, health policy development using outcomes research, patient preferences, real-world data, and clinical-, economic-, and patient-reported outcomes.

The early registration deadline is September 25 – register now!

ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA Participation

  • Over 3700 registrants from EMEA region expected to attend!
  • Opportunity to learn about emerging trends in global health care during variety of scientific sessions, including ISPOR Forums presented by EMEA Chapters and Networks:
    • Does MCDA Lead to Better Patient Access in Africa?
    • Market Access in CEE: What are the Drivers and Challenges?
    • Challenges in Medicines Funding for Rare Diseases
    • Value Assessment Framework in Emerging Markets –  Experience from Countries in the Middle East
    • Priority Setting – Criteria and Process of Rare Diseases Management in CEE Countries
  • Meetings scheduled for the Executive Committee members of the ISPOR CEE Consortium, Arabic, and Africa Networks
  • Regional meetings for ISPOR Austria, Turkey, Chapters of the Eurasian Economic Union Countries, Russia HTA, Italy-Rome and Spain Chapters
  • Learning and engagement opportunities for ISPOR students:
    • Student & New Professional Mixer
    • Student Research Showcase
    • Student & Faculty Luncheon
  • Networking and collaborating opportunities with colleagues from Europe during the ISPOR CEE Consortium Reception
  • Opportunity to attend Chapter Leadership Training – the workshop will take place on November 11 at 17:30-19:30 and will be followed by a mini reception. This interactive training workshop is designed for Regional Chapter leaders to equip them with in-depth information on ways to get involved in various ISPOR activities, on ISPOR chapter governance and management requirements, and provide them with opportunities to learn from peers on successful approaches to chapter member engagement, leadership succession, training, stakeholder involvement, etc. To register for the event, please contact EMEA@ispor.org by September 21.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM ISPOR 2018 IN BALTIMORE!

The ISPOR 2018, which was held 19-23 May, Baltimore, MD, USA, drew over 3700 healthcare stakeholders representing 70 countries from all sectors of healthcare, including policy makers, global thought leaders, researchers and academicians, public and private payers, decision makers, and patient representatives. The conference focused on: “Real-World Evidence, Digital Health, and the New Landscape for Health Decision Making”.

ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA Participation

  • Over 400 registrants from EMEA region!
  • Variety of topics in economics and outcomes research (HEOR) globally
  • Opportunities to engage in discussion and collaborate with members from Chapters Networks, and Consortium across ISPOR Global regions (EMEA, Latin America, Asia-Pacific)
  • Networks and Consortium Members Meetings:
    • ISPOR CEE Consortium
    • ISPOR Africa Network
    • ISPOR Arabic Network
  • Inaugural ISPOR Chapter Leadership Training – this workshop provided Chapter leadership with opportunity to strengthen their skills in managing and leading the development of ISPOR Regional Chapters
  • Opportunity to network and make connections at ISPOR Global Networks Welcome Reception (photo below)

For conference program and released presentations, visit Conference Presentations.

 UPDATES FROM ISPOR GLOBAL NETWORKS – EMEA

And the ISPOR 2018 Outstanding Chapter Award Winners Are….

  • ISPOR congratulates ISPOR Regional Chapters: Colombia, Mexico, and Russia St. Petersburg with winning the ISPOR Outstanding Regional Chapter Award! Awardees will be recognized at the upcoming ISPOR Europe 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The Award program recognizes outstanding contribution and leadership of ISPOR Regional Chapters in advancing ISPOR’s mission in ISPOR global regions – Asia, Latin America, and Europe, Middle East, and Africa. ISPOR staff assess the Chapters contributions by applying eligibility and selection criteria in their review of the information available from the Chapter Annual Reports, chapter input to the ISPOR publications and ISPOR activities throughout the year. The award consists of a trophy, an amount of 1000USD per winning Chapter (available as a credit against the future Chapter educational events), interview in VOS and a complimentary Annual European Congress registration for the Chapter delegate who will be receiving an award. For more information about the award criteria and selection process, please visit ISPOR Outstanding Regional Chapter Award Program.
  • ISPOR members have elected the 2018-2019 Board of Directors. Congratulations to Rok Hren, PhD, MSc, Past, ISPOR CEE Consortium Research Committee Chair and Head of Laboratory Diagnostics, Point of Care and Molecular Diagnostics in the Adriatic Region, Siemens Healthineers in Slovenia – for being elected to the Board!

  • ISPOR welcomes new Chairs (2018-2020) of the Arabic and Africa Networks Executive Committees! Congratulations to: Ola Ghaleb Al Ahdab (Chair of Arabic Network), Pharmaceutical Advisor, CPD-Pharma Founder & Program Manager, Ministry of Health and Prevention, UAE and Dr. Mohammed Lamorde (Chair of Africa Network), Head of Department, Prevention, Care and Treatment Programme, Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere University, Uganda. Dr. Mahmoud Elmahdawy (Director, Market Access and Health Economics, Novartis and Lecturer, Misr International University, Egypt) joins the ISPOR Arabic Network leadership as the new Chair-Elect. To learn more about the Networks and get involved please access ISPOR Networks.
  • The 2017 ISPOR Chapters Annual Reports are now available on individual Regional Chapters webpages – thank you again to Chapter leadership for complying with ISPOR governance requirements and submitting the reports. The 2018 Chapters Annual Reports will be due by early 2019! Information on submitting the document and instructions will be sent to Chapters leadership in November.
  • The upcoming September-October 2018 Issue of Value in Health Regional Issues (CEEWAA) will feature 15 papers, including 3 theme-focused articles on Drug Policies in Estonia, Greece, and Romania. To view the latest ViHRI issues and articles in progress, visit Value in Health Regional Issues.
  • ISPOR Regional Chapter Educational Fund Facts and Updates:
    • Chapters that are in a country classified by the World Bank list of economies as Low/Lower-Middle/Upper-Middle classification are considered eligible to utilize the Fund
    • Eligible Chapter may receive $1,500 USD every year (not to exceed total fund credit of $6,000 USD)
    • Application must be fully and correctly completed to be considered. ISPOR reserves the right not to approve an application which is incomplete
    • Funds are transferred based on proof of expenditures (receipts/invoices)
    • Funds can be used to support Chapter members attending an ISPOR Event. A Chapter can apply for up to $500 USD per year for a member who has not received this support previously.
    • Funds can be used to support a representative of the Chapter Leadership to attend Chapter Leadership training. A chapter can apply for up to $500 USD per year for a member of the Chapter leadership team who has not received this support previously.
    • An email from the ISPOR Chapter leadership is required to confirm that the fund will be used for a Chapter educational activity.
    • For questions on Chapter eligibility, available credit, and application procedures, please contact EMEA@ispor.org 
  • ISPOR Travel Grant Criteria and Upcoming Meetings:
    • The candidate must be active, current ISPOR member and must have a primary residence in a country classified by the World Bank list of economies as Low/Lower-Middle/Upper-Middle classification
    • The candidate for an ISPOR conference (held in North America) or ISPOR Europe conference must reside in a country/region in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, or Oceania
    • The candidate for an ISPOR Asia Pacific conference must reside in a country/region in Asia or Oceania
    • The candidate for an ISPOR Latin America Conference must reside in a country/region in Latin America
    • The candidate must be employed by an academic, government, or nonprofit organization
    • The candidate must not be a student [Note: Students may apply for the ISPOR Student Travel Grant]
    • The candidate must not have received an ISPOR Conference Travel Grant during the past 5 years
    • Application deadlines for the following ISPOR 2019 Conferences will be available on ISPOR website by early 2019:
    • ISPOR 2019, May 18-22, 2019 in New Orleans, LA, USA
    • ISPOR Latin America 2019, September 12-14, 2019 in Bogota, Colombia
    • ISPOR Europe 2019, November 2-4, 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark
    • For questions about the Travel Grant, please contact EMEA@ispor.org.

NEWS FROM EMEA REGIONAL CHAPTERS

  • ISPOR South Africa Chapter is organizing 7th ISPOR South Africa Chapter Conference on September 16-18 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference’s theme is: “Universal Access to Health: The Role of HTA and HEOR.” The program includes short courses, poster author discussions, as well as presentation sessions on topics, such as: health financing, health market inquiry, research in HEOR, and outcomes research as the way forward for NHI. For detailed program and registration information, click on the Chapter’s link.
  • ISPOR Hungary Chapter organized the 12th Annual Hungarian Health Economics Conference in May. The two-day conference focused on discussing health policy, pharmaceutical policy, inpatient care, clinical and real-world effectiveness, and health technology assessment. An international section of the program featured lecturers from USA, Africa, and Western Europe. To access report from the conference, click on the Chapter’s link.
  • ISPOR Ukraine Chapter members were actively engaged in many activities during the ISPOR 2018 in Baltimore. The Chapter held a meeting titled: “National Pharmaceutical Policy in Ukraine: Key Challenges and Opportunities” which was attended by the Minister of Health of Ukraine, other Ministry of Health officials and international experts in HEOR, including members of EMEA Regional Chapters. To read a report by the Chapter, click on the Chapter’s link.
  • ISPOR Austria Chapter held meeting on May 30 focused on planning Chapter’s activities and discussing members active involvement with ISPOR, including contribution to scientific program at ISPOR Europe 2018 in Barcelona.
  • ISPOR Egypt Chapter organized “Practice Workshop on Pharmacoeconomics” on May 15 in Cairo, Egypt. The program focused on providing practical skills of conducting economic evaluation to inform decision and policy makers to improve health of the Egyptian population. The event was attended by physicians and pharmacists involved in purchasing decisions of pharmaceutical products. The workshop agenda is available on the Chapter’s website.
  • ISPOR Serbia Chapter in collaboration with the Croatian Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics organized the 8th Adriatic and 5th ISPOR Serbia Chapter Congress of the Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research on April 19-22, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. The Congress was organized with the aim to bring together experts from relevant institutions working in HTA, encourage education, communication, and exchange of ideas in the field of HEOR. For report from the Congress, click on the Chapter’s link.
  • ISPOR Italy-Rome Chapter organized 4th National Congress on April 18 in Rome, Italy, which focused on discussing HEOR topics, including economic evaluations to support access to medicines in different care settings, HTA, and medical devices.

USEFUL INFORMATION FROM THE ISPOR EMEA GLOBAL REGION

Africa: The African Ministers of Health, at a meeting of a Working Group of the Specialised Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control on May 19, 2018 unanimously adopted the Treaty for the establishment of the African Medicines Agency (AMA). The meeting was held during the 71st Session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, read

https://au.int/en/pressreleases/20180520/african-union-ministers-health-adopt-treaty-establishment-african-medicines

Europe:

  • The Connecting Europe Facility call aims at improving European digital services, including e-health. A €5 million budget is available for projects seeking to enhance cross-border healthcare access and provide better services using ICT tools. Deadline: 29 November 2018. Read more
  • Study on the economic impact of pharmaceutical incentives and rewards in Europe requested and funded by the European Commission, and carried out by Copenhagen Economics was published in June 2018. The study provides an overview of pharmaceutical incentives and economic evidence on how Supplementary Protection Certificates and regulatory data protection are used in practice and their overall effects on innovation, availability and accessibility of medicinal products. Read more here (European Commission DG SANTE e-News Service)

 NEW AT ISPOR!

  • ISPOR new branding initiative – ISPOR has moved away from the full legacy name of the Society and is now using, “ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research.” This change aligns with the 2015 strategic plan to broaden ISPOR’s focus to “health economics”. Also, a theme line (aka tagline) “Improving Healthcare Decisions” is now part of ISPOR brand (new logo provided below). This new ISPOR (Headquarters) logo cannot be used without written consent by ISPOR.

  • As part of ISPOR new branding initiative, newly branded logos for ISPOR Regional Chapters have been designed to identify the group’s relationship with ISPOR and provide a professional image to the group that is reflective of ISPOR’s brand, mission, and vision (example provided below). ISPOR Regional Chapter logos should be used for Chapter-organized events and communications. To request new logo for Regional Chapter, please contact EMEA@ispor.org

  • On July 31, 2018, ISPOR launched the newly redesigned website ispor.org! The new ISPOR website is now integrated with ISPOR’s new association management system (AMS)—an IT platform that will provide ISPOR constituents with many benefits, including the ability to manage your user profile, set communication preferences, and indicate areas of interest.

What Do I Need To Do?

It is of utmost importance to activate your user profile in the new system! Please take the time to activate your user profile on the new system and customize your communications preferences to access ISPOR’s HEOR content and resources with a single sign-on, including Value in Health and Value in Health Regional Issues articles, Good Practices for Outcomes Research Reports, and other HEOR resources. To activate your user profile, please:

  • Visit the new, redesigned ISPOR website at ispor.org.
  • Click the green “Log in” button in the top right corner.
  • Enter your email address and password Member/Past-Member ID# as password [If you have never been an ISPOR member, use your last name in all lowercase as password]
  • You will be requested to change your password
  • Please use ‘Forgot Your Password’ to reset your password if needed.

These new systems will allow you to continue stay in touch with ISPOR, receive the news and easily find and download the HEOR resources you need while enabling ISPOR staff to better serve you. Please do take the time to activate your member profile on the new system and customize your communications preferences. If you have any question on how to create a user profile, please contact EMEA@ispor.org.

  • Visit ISPOR Chapter Resource Center – a new online resource of information for Regional Chapter leaders about the Chapter Leadership Training, Chapter Handbook, and ISPOR Outstanding Award program.
  • Visit ISPOR Health Technology Assessment Central– a new comprehensive repository of resources and tools to support health technology assessment (HTA). The ISPOR HTA Central helps bridge the gap between health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) and other disciplines that inform HTA and healthcare decisions. The site can be accessed by both ISPOR members and non-member.

ISPOR UPCOMING EVENTS:

ISPOR Dubai 2018

19-20 September 2018 / Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Healthcare Decision-Making in the Middle East and North Africa: Role of Health Economics, Outcomes Reseacrh and Health Technology Assessment

Register now!

ISPOR Summit 2018

 

19 October 2018 / Washington, DC, USA

New Approaches to Value Assessment—

Towards More Informed Pricing in Healthcare – Register now!

 ISPOR Europe 2018

10-14 November 2018 / Barcelona, Spain

New Perspectives for Improving 21st Century Health Systems

Register now!

ISPOR Warsaw 2019

March, Warsaw, Poland

Details coming soon.

ISPOR 2019

May 18-22, 2019 / New Orleans, LA, USA

Abstract Submissions open: October 1, 2018

 ISPOR Latin America 2019

12-14 September / Bogotá, Colombia

Abstract submissions open: 1 December 2018

 

ABOUT ISPOR GLOBAL NETWORKS – EMEA

 ISPOR Global Networks EMEA represents regional groups affiliated with ISPOR that promote research, development and practice focusing on the advancement of health economics and outcomes research in Europe, Middle East, and Africa through educational, research, and policy-related activities to improve decision making for health. ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA encompasses 2 regional networks: Arabic and Africa, and Central & Eastern Europe Consortium, 42 Regional Chapters and works with close to 5000 members representing research, academia, industry, health care policy makers, regulators, health economists and patients in this global region.

ABOUT ISPOR

ISPOR, the professional society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR), is an international, multi-stakeholder, nonprofit dedicated to advancing HEOR excellence to improve decision making for health globally. The society is the leading source for scientific conferences, peer-reviewed and MEDLINE®-indexed publications, good practices guidance, education, collaboration, and tools/resources in the field.

Have any questions or comments? Contact us.

 

News Across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), April 2018 Issue

  
We are excited to bring you the April issue of ISPOR News Across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and share with you new developments at ISPOR and the Global Networks in the EMEA region. The ISPOR 2018 is only a month away and valuable learning, information-sharing, and networking opportunities are awaiting ISPOR members from around the globe. We are looking forward to engaging discussions at the Global Networks members meetings and the newly launched ISPOR Chapter Leadership Training workshop. The much-anticipated program for the upcoming ISPOR Dubai 2018 has just been released and registration is now open. Those who attend this first ISPOR regional conference in the Middle East will have an opportunity to connect with HEOR experts and engage in discussions with key stakeholders and leaders in the MENA region.

In this issue, we continue to bring you the latest news and relevant highlights from the ISPOR EMEA Global Region. You will learn about ISPOR Regional Chapters educational activities, annual conferences, EMEA Global Groups’ accomplishments and cooperation opportunities.

As we continue to develop our newsletter, we welcome your contribution and your feedback – please contact us at EMEA@ispor.org.

We hope you enjoy this issue – please feel free to share it with your colleagues! We look forward to seeing you at ISPOR upcoming events and your continuous participation in our organization!

ISPOR EMEA AT ISPOR 2018 IN BALTIMORE!

 

The conference program features nearly 2100 presentations and offers scientific topics on, eg, modeling, patient reported outcomes (PROs), health technology assessment (HTA), and more. It is a great opportunity to present your work, collaborate and network with regional and international colleagues in the field, and hear about innovative research methods and new health policy developments.

Plenary Sessions:

Why Attend?

  • Stay up to date on global trends in medical technology development, health technology assessment, and policy and clinical decision making while exploring the theme Real-World Evidence, Digital Health, and the New Landscape for Health Decision Making.
  •  There are 37 ISPOR short courses to choose from, including nine new courses.
  • Network with student members worldwide at roundtables, showcases, receptions, and more.
  • Engage in discussion and collaborate with members from Chapters, Networks, and Consortium in your region and across ISPOR Global regions (EMEA, Latin America, Asia-Pacific).
  • Attend your Network/Consortium Members Meeting:

†        ISPOR CEE Consortium Members, Monday, May 21 at 7:15am-8:15am

†        ISPOR Africa Network Members, Monday, May 21 at 12:15pm-1:45pm

†        ISPOR Arabic Network Members, Tuesday, May 22  at 12:15pm-1:45pm

RSVP is requested by April 10 (send your RSVP to EMEA@ispor.org)

  • If you are a Chapter leader, strengthen your skills in managing and leading the development of ISPOR Chapters by attending the inaugural ISPOR Chapter Leadership Training workshop on Monday, May 21 at 5:15pm. Prior confirmation of participation is requested by April 16 (send your RSVP to EMEA@ispor.org)
  • Learn how members of the ISPOR Global Networks benefit from and contribute to ISPOR, and find out how you can also get involved in ISPOR Regional Groups at the ISPOR Global Networks Reception on Monday, May 21 at 7:30pm.
  •  Join your ISPOR peers at the Social Event on Tuesday, May 22 at 9:00pm. Separate registration is required.

For questions about EMEA activities or to RSVP to meetings and training workshop, please contact EMEA@ispor.org. For conference program details visit ISPOR 2018.

ISPOR DUBAI 2018

 

 Registration is now open for ISPOR’s first regional conference in the Middle East Healthcare Decision-Making in the Middle East and North Africa: Role of Health Economics, Outcomes Research and Health Technology Assessment. Aware of the rapid growth in the health care sector in the region, ISPOR is offering unique educational and information-sharing opportunities to address issues of effective healthcare decision-making to improve patient access to effective and innovative technologies in the MENA region. The event will run September 19-20, 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is organized with the involvement from the ISPOR Arabic Network. Since 2011, the ISPOR Arabic Network has been advancing the HEOR science and its use in healthcare decisions in the Middle East region. It currently brings together eight ISPOR Regional Chapters from the Middle East and North Africa and connects over 400 members.

Program Highlights

  • Educational seminars on Introduction to Health Economics and HTA
  • Presentations on topics, such as: Pricing and Reimbursement: Challenges and Opportunities, the Role of HEOR in Decision Making: Global Knowledge for Local Application, Improving Access to Innovative Health Technologies, HTA Implementation Roadmap in MENA
  • Sponsored Educational Symposia
  • ISPOR Arabic Network Meeting (by invitation only)
  • ISPOR HTA Roundtable – MEA (by invitation only)
  • Welcome Reception

To register for the meeting, learn about the speakers, and for further program information visit ISPOR Dubai 2018. If you are interested in exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, please contact exhibit@ispor.org. To learn about becoming an ISPOR Dubai 2018 Supporting Institution, please contact EMEA@ispor.org.

USEFUL INFORMATION FROM THE ISPOR EMEA GLOBAL REGION

  • Middle East and North Africa: In September 2017, Health Systems Development Department at WHO-EMRO* issued a publication “Strengthening health systems towards universal health coverage” focusing on the Eastern Mediterranean region. It addresses governance and financing, integrated service delivery, health workforce, and essential medicines & technologies aspects to develop strategies to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. The publication was distributed to all countries during WHO-EMRO Annual Regional Committee meeting involving all Ministries of Health in the region in October 2017.

* WHO-EMRO (The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean) is one of WHO’s 6 regional offices around the world. It serves the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, which comprises 21 Member States and Palestine (West Bank and Gaza Strip), with a population of nearly 583 million people.

  • Europe: The European Commission published the study “Cross-border cooperation: capitalizing on existing initiatives for cooperation in cross-border regions” that maps EU-funded cooperation projects for the period 2007 to 2017 in EU and EEA countries and Switzerland. It provides insight into opportunities and challenges for cross-border cooperation in healthcare; and offers guidance to local and regional authorities and other parties who are interested in starting a health-related cooperation project. The Study’s findings will provide input into the report on the operation of the Cross-border Healthcare (CBHC) Directive due to be published later in the year.

This and other European Commission-supported/initiated studies addressing issues of cooperation in cross-border healthcare can be found here https://ec.europa.eu/health/cross_border_care/key_documents_en

UPDATES FROM ISPOR GLOBAL NETWORKS – EMEA

  • ISPOR Chapter 2017 Annual Reports and Work Plans – thank you to Chapter leadership for complying with ISPOR governance requirements and submitting information about Chapters past year’s activities and accomplishments, and sending us 2018 Chapter Work Plans. All reports are being reviewed, information will be shared with ISPOR Board and uploaded to Regional Chapters webpages on ISPOR website.
  • ISPOR Central and Eastern Europe Consortium Research Committee : since 2014 members of the Consortium have been collaborating in a number of research projects: Application of MCDA, Parallel Trade, Burden of Hepatitis C in CEE Countries, Evaluation of Generic and Biosimilar Drug Policies, Policy Approach to Technologies in Rare Diseases, to name a few. To learn more about the ISPOR CEE Consortium research activities please visit ISPOR CEE Consortium.
  • ISPOR EMEA Team and ISPOR Global EMEA Groups leaders continue to improve timeliness and effectiveness of the support and information sharing within the EMEA Global Networks. Last year we introduced quarterly meetings of the ISPOR EMEA Global Networks Team with leaders of each of the EMEA Global Groups – CEE Consortium, Arabic Network and Africa Network. Summaries and presentations from the discussions for Q1 of 2018 are available at ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA.
  • Plan to attend the ISPOR Europe 2018! Key dates:

†        Abstract Submission Deadline: 13 June

†        Travel Grant Application Deadline: 14 August

†        Early Registration Deadline: 25 September

 NEWS FROM REGIONAL CHAPTERS

  • ISPOR Serbia Chapter in collaboration with the Croatian Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics is organizing the 8th Adriatic and 5th ISPOR Serbia Chapter Congress of the Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. This event will take place on April 19-22 in Belgrade, Serbia. Presentations will focus on the future of HTA in CEE, implementation of Managed Entry Agreements in the region, equity and equality of patient access to oncology treatment in CEE, as well as other topics.
  • ISPOR UAE Chapter held its members meeting on March 13 during which past activities of Chapter’s engagement as well as new projects were discussed. Topics included: draft of UAE Pharmacoeconomic Guidelines, professional development for students and young professionals, and starting an ISPOR Students Chapter.
  • ISPOR South Africa Chapter has submitted comments and recommendations to the Department of Health on the review of the South African Guidelines for Pharmacoeconomic Submissions. The guidelines were reviewed by the Chapter Executive Committee and members during a meeting held in February. On April 17, the Chapter is organizing a workshop to discuss: What is new in Evidence-based Medicine? Current Controversies and Contingencies. The event will explore the latest trends and applications of EBM.
  •  “HTA, The Assessment of Value” was the topic of a summit, organized by the ISPOR Lebanon Chapter on February 23-24 in Beirut, Lebanon. The objective of the event was to outline the fundamentals of what a ‘good’ HTA process looks like, identify principles applicable to structuring and governing HTA organizations and understand key aspects of HTA.
  • ISPOR Spain Chapter organized a seminar following the theme of ISPOR recent European Congress: “The Evolution of Value in Health Care”. The event, which took place on February 7 in Madrid, Spain, included presentations on topics such as the new potential funding models for medicines and health products, novel approaches to facilitate access to innovative medicines, and the challenges in front of the new cancer drugs.
  • The topic of HTA in Kenya was the focal point of the meeting held on February 6 in Nairobi, Kenya, organized by the ISPOR Kenya Chapter in cooperation with the Kenya Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (KAPI) and Roche Kenya. As a result important stakeholders were identified and the implementation framework for HTA process was proposed as the topic for the next phase of discussions.

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES – GET INVOLVED!

  • Voting is now open for the 2018-2019 ISPOR Board of Directors. ISPOR members can vote here (with their member login) through May 1, 2018. Information on each of the candidates – including their biographies and vision statements – can be found here.
  • ISPOR is looking for individuals interested to update the ISPOR Pharmacoeconomic Guidelines Around the World, a comprehensive collection of available pharmacoeconomic/health economic (PE) guidelines from individual countries, either published PE recommendations, PE guidelines, or submission guidelines. This tool, which offers a comparative table of 33 key features for each country’s/region’s guidelines, is one of the most widely used tools by ISPOR members and the research community at large. If your country has PE guidelines that are not listed on the ISPOR website or if the guidelines listed on the website are out of date, please reach out to peguidelines@ispor.org. All contributors will be acknowledged for their work on the ISPOR PE Guidelines webpage and on the ISPOR social media platforms.
  • Are you from the EMEA region and interested in learning more about HEOR and advancing its contribution to the health decision-making in your country? Join ISPOR Regional Chapter in your country and contribute!
  • Are you a student in the field of HEOR and have interests and passion for excellence in research? ISPOR offers membership benefits that are valued and essential in your professional growth. To learn more visit ISPOR Student Network
  • Submit your country’s specific databases or registries and contribute to ISPOR Digest of International Databases – an electronic index of health care databases around the world, which provides a summary of key attributes
  • Join ISPOR Scientific and Health Policy Working Groups
  • Submit papers to ISPOR Journals

For more opportunities to engage with ISPOR, please visit www.ispor.org

NEW INITIATIVES

  • ISPOR Updates Its Code of Ethics                                                                                                    ISPOR has published the latest version of its Code of Ethics. The document includes new topics, such as a Chapter 7: Patient Centricity and Patient Engagement in Research, as well as an update on traditional topics, such as publication, research design ethics and relationships with sponsors. The code was authored by a geographically representative group of ISPOR members that included healthcare stakeholders from academia, research organizations, commercial entities, and patient organizations. All ISPOR members, regional chapter and consortia members were invited to review and submit comments. This document is published at ISPOR Code of Ethics.
  • New ISPOR logo and branding elements are introduced! We invite you to watch the video ”The New ISPOR” that shows how ISPOR’s new logo connects members across borders, disciplines, and professions. ISPOR will be providing its chapters with new ISPOR Chapter logotypes in the coming months.

  • ISPOR 2018 TOP 10 HEOR Trends recognizes the most influential topics in the field of HEOR for 2018 – Download now! Share with us your views and insights on which and how ISPOR Global Trends are impacting your region – send us your observations, comments, etc to emea@ispor.org

UPCOMING ISPOR EVENTS:

ISPOR 2018

May 19-23, 2018

Baltimore Convention Center

Baltimore, MD, USA

 

ISPOR Asia Pacific 2018

8-11 September 2018

Tokyo, Japan

 

ISPOR Dubai 2018

19-20 September 2018

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

ISPOR Europe 2018

10-14 November 2018

Barcelona, Spain

ISPOR MEMBERSHIP

Are you involved with ISPOR Chapter in the EMEA region but you are not an ISPOR member yet?

Learn now about the many advantages of being a member of the global collaborative HEOR community –Join ISPOR Now! and become part of it.

As an ISPOR member you will help to promote HEOR excellence and to improve health care decision making around the world. To learn more about ISPOR and membership benefits – view ISPOR’s New Member 101 webinar. For questions contact membership@ispor.org.

  • ISPOR Global Fellowship Directory and Global Internship Directorynew and exclusive member benefit! Two new online resources for fellowships and internships for health economics and outcomes researchers. Visit ISPOR Career Center to explore more opportunities in the HEOR field.

About ISPOR Global Networks EMEA

ISPOR Global Networks EMEA represents regional groups affiliated with ISPOR that promote research, development and practice focusing on the advancement of health economics and outcomes research in Europe, Middle East, and Africa through educational, research, and policy-related activities to improve decision making for health. ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA encompasses 2 regional networks: Arabic and Africa, and Central & Eastern Europe Consortium, 42 Regional Chapters and works with close to 5000 members representing research, academia, industry, health care policy makers, regulators, health economists and patients in this global region.

Thank you for your interest in the ISPOR EMEA Global Networks – we hope this issue of News Across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) provided you with an insight into research, education and networking opportunities in the ISPOR EMEA global groups!

If you would like to learn more about ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA or share information on the HEOR activities in your country please contact us at EMEA@ispor.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA Team

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News Across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), January 2018 Issue

  

2018 is upon us and it comes with great growth and changes for ISPOR: new initiatives, new events, new look! We are delighted to bring you the first issue of this year of our quarterly ISPOR News Across Europe, Middle East, and Africa!

In this issue, you’ll learn about the latest news and updates from the ISPOR Regional groups in the EMEA region, such as accomplishments, educational activities, and conferences organized by the chapters. We also included a range of highlights from the ISPOR 20th European Congress in Glasgow and a brief update on the biannual “Health at a Glance in Europe” status report from the European Commission and OECD.

We encourage you to share this newsletter with your colleagues and contacts and welcome your thoughts and comments – please send them to EMEA@ispor.org

We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to working with you in 2018 to continue advancing the science of HEOR.

ISPOR EMEA GLASGOW – HIGHLIGHTS

With nearly 5000 delegates from 77 different countries, the leading European congress for health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) featured 3 plenary sessions, 28 issue panels, 24 workshops, 12 forums, 9 educational symposia, and a variety of podium and poster presentations centered on the theme “The Evolution of Value in Health Care”.

STUDENT & NEW PROFESSIONAL EVENTS – 20TH EUROPEAN CONGRESS

The ISPOR Glasgow Congress featured a great number of events and networking opportunities for the ISPOR student and new professional members – a few examples below from just one day of the conference – Monday, November 6, 2017!

  • ISPOR Student Research Showcase

The Student Research Showcase session featured three outcomes research studies, conducted by ISPOR student members and presented during the ISPOR 20th Annual European Congress. Each student author provided a brief summary of the research study and conclusions followed by a discussion on how their research fits with the meeting theme of “Having a High Impact on The Evolution of Value in Health Care”.

Moderators: Zeba M. Khan, RPh, PhD, Vice President, Celgene Corporation, Summit, NJ, USA; and Laura Pizzi, PhD, Professor, College of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Speakers: Junjie Ma, MSc, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Omer Ben-Aharon, MBA, MHA, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel; Fanni Soikkeli, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna, Finland;

  • ISPOR Career Advice Across The Globe – “The Art of Getting Published”

Building on the success of the Career Advice Across The Globe event that took place in Boston at the Annual International Meeting, this was the first New Professional event hosted during a European Congress. The event highlighted the topic of good practices and opportunities to get your research published. Speakers provided global perspectives on how to stand out in the highly competitive world of having your research published.

Speakers: Lyn Beamesderfer, Associate Director, Publications & Communications, ISPOR; Dan Mullins, PhD, Professor & Chair, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, MD, USA;Diego Rosselli, MD, Associate Professor, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia; Dan Greenberg, PhD, Associate Professor & Chairman, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel

  • ISPOR Student & New Professional Mixer

All Students, Faculty, and New Professional members were welcomed to attend! One of the main goals of the ISPOR Student Network and the New Professional membership is to increase the connection and collaboration among individuals in the field of HEOR. For the first time ISPOR hosted a joint mixer to allow for sharing of experiences and ideas between attendees who have recently entered the work force and students who could benefit from increased networking connections!

UPDATES FROM ISPOR GLOBAL NETWORKS – EMEA

A few upcoming opportunity deadlines for your engagement in ISPOR:

  • The abstract submission for ISPOR 23rd Annual International Meeting, Baltimore, MD USA deadline is Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
  • ISPOR Regional Groups Forum proposals (Baltimore meeting) deadline is Friday, January 26, 2018 (please submit proposals form the EMEA regional groups to EMEA@ispor.org)
  • ISPOR Baltimore early discounted registration ends on April 10, 2018
  • Submission is open for the NEW ISPOR short course proposal for the ISPOR 21st Annual European Congress in Barcelona, Spain! If you are interested in submitting a new topic for consideration, please contact EMEA@ispor.org for instructions. Submission deadline is January 4, 2018.
  • The ISPOR Chapter Annual Report including a Chapter  Annual Work Plan 2018 submission deadline is January 30, 2018.
  • The new type of ISPOR events – ISPOR Regional Meeting – will be held in the second half of September 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The 2018 ISPOR Regional Meeting will be a 2-day event with a focus on the role of HEOR and HTA in health care decision-making in the Middle East and North Africa. More information and details coming up soon on the ISPOR website.
  • Abstract Submission for ISPOR 8th Asia-Pacific Conference, Tokyo, Japan. Now open through March 14, 2018.

ISPOR New Initiatives – Focus on Chapter Leadership Training

  • ISPOR Regional Chapter Handbook is an online resource available to ISPOR regional Chapters leaders as a guide to help them succeed in their roles. We invite you to explore and learn more about the new ISPOR Regional Chapter Handbook by clicking here.
  • ISPOR Chapter Leadership Training Program is in development and will be launched at the 23rd Annual international Meeting in Baltimore, MD, USA and also offered during the 21st Annual European congress in Barcelona, Spain. An online training will also be provided as a part of this program. More information and details coming soon!
  • From 2018, the ISPOR Chapter Award program will be introduced to recognize the efforts and outstanding contributions of ISPOR Regional Chapters in 3 Categories (small, medium, and large chapters). The description of this award program including criteria and process will be shared in the coming weeks. We appreciate your engagement and leadership!

NEWS FROM REGIONAL CHAPTERS

  • ISPOR Hungary Chapter & ISPOR Egypt Chapter joined efforts to hold an educational seminar with a focus on “The Role of Private Health Insurance in Countries in the Transition to Universal Health Coverage.” This seminar took place this November 27th, 2017 in Budapest Hungary at the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE).The seminar had the participation of Dr. Ehab Abouelmaged, Head of the Egyptian Healthcare Management Society Dr. Abouelmaged presented the future role of private health insurance in the Egyptian health care system based on health coverage, while Dr. Zoltán Kaló, Professor of Health Economics at the ELTE University / ISPOR Hungary Chapter, shared with the attendees an analysis of the public and private health insurance from an academic perspective. Dr Kaló also highlighted that the development of private health insurance should be aligned with the development of universal health coverage, but in a transparent and proactive regulatory environment, where the national health policy clearly defines its aims. The seminar also featured a presentation by Dr. Jenny Sedlak, Roche, Market Access Manager Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa who explained the development of private health insurance from the pharmaceutical industry perspective and pointed out its potential contribution to the households’ financial security in countries without strong public health system. Dr. Sherif Abaza, President Elect ISPOR Egypt Chapter also provided a presentation on the upcoming introduction of universal health insurance in Egypt, which is planned to start in one governorate, and will gradually cover the entire country.The event concluded with a discussion and a session of Q&A with the participation of the ELTE students that focused their questions on the feasibility and the benefits of establishing a universal health insurance system in low and middle income countries. To learn more about this event we invite you to visit the Facebook page of ISPOR Hungary chapter and watch the event’s video here!

 

  • Basic theory concepts of Budget Impact Analysis (BIA) were subject of the interactive workshop organized by the ISPOR Bosnia and Herzegovina Chapter on October 2-21, 2017. Pharmacists, academia, post-graduate students and pharma industry representatives attended the workshop to learn about new medicines reimbursement process. The workshop was one of the latest efforts of the Chapter in bringing the scientific understanding of pharmacoeconomics tools and its implementation into practice.

 

  • On October 1, 2017, the ISPOR Egypt Chapter organized an Annual International Conference focusing on the Role of Real-World Evidence (RWE) in Healthcare. It included experts from global pharmaceutical companies, local Ministry of Health, health insurance companies, global RWE experts, and key opinion leaders from the region. The conference addressed the topics of engaging key stakeholders in generating RWE, the role of HTA, learning from EU healthcare RWE collection and others.

 

  • The first ISPOR Ethiopia Chapter Symposium was held on December 12, 2017 at the facilities of the University of Gondor in Ethiopia and gathered policy and decision makers, regulatory authorities, clinical researchers, public health experts, and academia.

 

  • ISPOR United Arab Emirates Chapter was a co-organizer of a Forum ” Education on Health Economics and Challenges Concerning Healthcare Funding for Pharmaceutical Innovation and Access”, which took place in September in Dubai. The event brought together decision makers, regulatory authorities, payers, healthcare providers, healthcare professionals, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and academia from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. Education in HEOR techniques and methodologies, pricing of medicines and medicinal products, rational and efficient utilization of healthcare resources, as well as current experiences, future opportunities, and challenges in advancing health economics and outcomes research in GCC were among the Forum’s topics.

 

  • In celebration of 5 years since its establishment, the ISPOR Armenia Chapter organized an anniversary meeting in October 2017 with the theme “The Implementation of Health Technology Assessment in Armenia and in the Eurasian Economic Union Countries”. The meeting included local and international speakers, among them Dr. Lusine Abrahamyan, Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiologist from the University of Toronto, who presented on intervention study designs and introduction to HTA.

 

  • ISPOR Croatia Chapter had a very active 2017 in which the chapter held several meetings and discussed the current topics in the HEOR field. Among these activities the chapter members of the chapter participated in several lectures at various universities and faculties in Croatian universities. Additionally, during autumn, the chapter was an active member in the consultation process for the preparation of a new Medicines Act in Croatia, which is currently being drafted. This Act is expected to be adopted by the Parliament within the following year. ISPOR Croatia Chapter was also an active participant during the ISPOR 20th European congress in Glasgow, Scotland. The chapter members participated in lectures in the Forum F10: “The Burden of COPD in Central and Eastern Europe”. Also the chapter was part of the ISPOR CEE Consortium Working Committee Meeting held on Monday, November 6th and ISPOR Europe Chapters Presidents and EUPATI Meeting scheduled on Tuesday, November 7th, as well as at ISPOR CEE Consortium Executive Committee Meeting held on Tuesday, November7th.
    Finally, on November 18th at the university of Zagreb, Croatia,the chapter participated in lectures on the interdisciplinary scientific and professional symposium “One Health – One Science” and on December 11th 2017 the chapter participated in the organization as well as providing some lectures at the conference “The Complete Regulatory Approach – From Approval to Drug Administration”.

 

  • As one of their priorities, the ISPOR Italy-Rome Chapter is planning to develop training courses with focus on HTA and the distribution and dissemination of the ISPOR’s guidelines. The Chapter is also pleased to inform about  the following projects that the chapter is currently working on:
    1. “EUPATI/ISPOR Italy-Rome Chapter
    2. “Italian QoL”,
    3. “HTA aimed to decision makers in Public Health concerning Vaccines”
    4. “Measure, assess and improve of the diabetes patient’s pathway in Italy”, “National Observatory on blindness: social costs and indirect costs”

It is important to mention that the development of all projects mentioned above are also thanks to the collaboration with the Chapter’s key partners like the ALTEMS-Catholic University of the Sacred Heart-UNICATT, CEIS-EEHTA – Università di Tor Vergata, EUPATI – European patients ‘ Academy on Therapeutic Innovation and  Ospedale San Pietro. The chapter also had an opportunity to attend the 20th ISPOR European Congress in Glasgow, Scotland where the chapter held a meeting with the participation of Prof. Alberto Migliore, President of ISPOR Italy – Rome Chapter, and Dr. Andrea Marcellusi, member of the Board of Directors of ISPOR Italy – Rome Chapter. The meeting presented a report and update on the activities carried out by the ISPOR Italy – Rome Chapter. Additionally, future activities and plans were shared with the chapter members. Finally, the meeting concluded with the announcement of the next chapter meeting. That will take place on April 17, 2018 in Rome, Italy and will be titled the” ISPOR National Congress -Rome Chapter 2018. In addition, the chapter is also planning to hold a pre-congress course with focus on HTA current topics. The chapter is expecting the participation of researchers, doctors, pharma professionals, pharmacists, consultancies, etc.  The chapter is also planning to grant to 10 researchers an opportunity to participate at the next ISPOR European Congress.

 

  • ISPOR Russia HTA Chapter participated as a co-organizer of the “IV Scientific and Practical International Conference «Health technology assessment: value-based healthcare»”, held on November 23, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. The main topic of discussion was the Value-based healthcare and the delivery of models that focus on controlling relevant outcomes for the patients and costs of their treatments. This is a relevant topic because focus on outcomes, value-based healthcare, helps healthcare providers to manage costs and deliver improved medical care considering the limited financial resources available. The main goal of the event was to present and harmonize different approaches for development of the healthcare system in Russia with application of the concept of the value-based healthcare.. Other important discussion topics included increasing cost efficiency in healthcare, development of quality criteria of medical care, digitalization in healthcare, international experience of development of standard outcome measures, etc. The conference featured presentations by international experts on value-based healthcare implementation from Sweden and Germany and offered a lot of opportunities for interaction and engagement of attendees. The event was well attended with more than 400 participants including representatives from the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, State Duma of the Russian Federation, Federal Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance of the Russian.

 

  • ISPOR Poland Chapter held their 15th Conference on November 30th and December 1st, 2017 with the tittle “Drug pricing in Europe – fair, uniform, or both? “ The Conference was opened by the President of ISPOR Poland Chapter, Maciej Niewada, Past President Joanna Lis, and Prof. Marcin Czech. The conference had the participation of Dr. Zoltan Kaló who made a presentation on drug pricing in the CEE countries which was followed by a discussion panel on rational medicinal policy in the CEE countries. The conference was fortunate to have the participation and presentation of experts in the field such asJiri Samek, John Yfantopoulos, Tomas Tesar, and Maciej Niewada as a moderator. The last part of the conference was dedicated to the analysis of HTA in Poland. This session was presented by thePolish HTA Agency (AOTMiT). The second day of the conference had a focus on the discussion of medical devices, followed by session of RWE, Polish EQ-5D-5L valuation study, and HTA in oncology and in hospital setting and also included the valuable presentations of original studies presented by academia and students in the field.

 HEATLH AT A GLANCE: EUROPE

Every two years, the European Commission prepares the State of Health in the EU cycle report that includes among other deliverables the following:

  1. Individual country health profiles for each Member State
  2. Commission’s Companion Report to accompany the country health profiles

The country health profiles use a standard structure and methodology, but the content is adapted to what is relevant for each EU country. EU countries are not ranked according to their overall performance, but assessed according to their national specificities and progress made.

As a part of the State of Health in the EU cycle, the Health at a Glance: Europe report series jointly prepared by the European Commission and OECD gauges progress towards effective, accessible and resilient health systems across the EU. The report which is published every two years provides a neutral, descriptive comparison of all EU countries on the basis of publically available data and indicators.

 

 FUTURE ISPOR EVENTS:

 

 ISPOR MEMBERSHIP

Are you involved with ISPOR Africa, Arabic Networks, or CEE Consortium but you are not an ISPOR member yet? Learn now about the many advantages of becoming a member of the global collaborative HEOR community –Join ISPOR Now! and become part of it.

 

As an ISPOR member you will help to promote HEOR excellence and to improve health care decision making around the world. To learn more about ISPOR and membership benefits – view ISPOR’s New Member 101 webinar. For questions contact membership@ispor.org.

 

ISPOR Global Fellowship Directory and Global Internship Directorynew and exclusive member benefit! Two new online resources for fellowships and internships for health economics and outcomes researchers. Visit ISPOR Career Center to explore more opportunities in the HEOR field.

 ISPOR ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES – GET INVOLVED!

For more opportunities to engage with ISPOR, please visit www.ispor.org


 About ISPOR Global Networks EMEA

ISPOR Global Networks EMEA represents regional groups affiliated with ISPOR that promote research, development and practice focusing on the advancement of health economics and outcomes research in Europe, Middle East, and Africa through educational, research, and policy-related activities to improve decision making for health. ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA encompasses 2 regional networks: Arabic and Africa, and Central & Eastern Europe Consortium, 42 Regional Chapters and works with close to 5000 members representing research, academia, industry, health care policy makers, regulators, health economists and patients in this global region.

Thank you for your interest in the ISPOR EMEA Global Networks – we hope this issue of News Across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) provided you with an insight into research, education and networking opportunities in the ISPOR EMEA global groups!

If you would like to learn more about ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA or share information on the HEOR activities in your country please contact us at EMEA@ispor.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA Team

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News Across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), October 2017 Issue

  

We are delighted to share with you the October issue of News Across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), the ISPOR EMEA Global Networks Digest.

This edition highlights the ISPOR EMEA Global Networks sessions and regional group activities at the upcoming ISPOR’s 20th Annual European Congress in Glasgow, Scotland, 4-8 November 2017. The ISPOR EMEA Digest brings content from the EMEA region focusing on publications, new ISPOR initiatives and members’ accomplishments as well as educational activities and conferences organized by the ISPOR Chapters.

The value of ISPOR member benefits including various opportunities to engage with ISPOR and contribute to HEOR excellence and to improve health care decision making globally are brought closer to you in this issue.

ISPOR EMEA in GLASGOW – HIGHLIGHTS

The ISPOR European Congress program features nearly 2400 presentations and much more. We are expecting over 1200 attendees from EMEA. Register Now!

Why Attend ISPOR Glasgow ?

  1. Great opportunity to present your work
  2. Collaborate and network with colleagues in the field
  • Schedule meetings via the ISPOR Glasgow mobile app and web platform (available approximately one month prior to the congress)
  • Join your ISPOR colleagues at the Social Event on Tuesday evening. (Separate registration is required. Register here)
  1. Learn about innovative research methods and new health policy developments, scientific topics of interest (e.g., modeling, PROs, HTA, etc.) offered at multiple session times and in a variety of presentation formats
  2. Network with student members from around the world
  • Join the Student and Faculty Welcome Reception and Student Research Showcase!
  1. Share reflections on the ISPOR Congress theme – The Evolution of Value in Health Care!

The Global Networks EMEA-focused program features meetings of the Arabic, Africa Networks, and CEE Consortium Executive Committee, a CEE Consortium Working Committees meeting, and a number of meetings held by the Regional Chapters in Europe.

One of the program highlights includes the ISPOR Europe Chapters and EUPATI meeting, which will focus on the activities of the European Patients’ Academy (EUPATI), organization and operation of EUPATI National Platforms, and examples of EUPATI National Platforms activities in specific European countries. This meeting will provide an opportunity to explore collaboration between ISPOR Chapters in Europe and EUPATI.

For complete schedule of Global Networks –EMEA meetings, please visit ISPOR Global Networks.

Forum Presentations

F5: Rare Diseases MCDA Criteria Implementation Results in European Countries

F6: The Establishment of Negotiation Committee, Therapeutic Guidelines and HTA Efforts in CEE Countries

F9: Late Stage Oncology MCDA Criteria Implementation Results in European Countries

F10: The Burden of COPD in CEE

F11: The New Paradigm of Cancer Treatments: A Challenge For the Health

F12: Implementing the Adaptive Pathways in Europe: A CEE Focus

Networking Opportunities

  • Monday, 6 November 19:45-21:00

ISPOR CEE Consortium Reception – opportunity to celebrate the formal recognition of the CEE Network as the ISPOR CEE Consortium and occasion, to interact, share ideas, and network

  • Tuesday, 7 November 20:00-23:30

ISPOR Social Event – evening of Ceilidh dancing and a variety of dining options at Merchant Square (Separate registration is required. Register here)

 CEE-Focused ISPOR Short Course – Register Now!

Risk-Sharing/Performance-Based Arrangements in Central & Eastern Europe: Implementation of Managed Entry Agreements

 For complete list of ISPOR short courses, access here.

 The at-large Congress program is available at ISPOR Glasgow.

UPDATES FROM ISPOR GLOBAL NETWORKS – EMEA

  • Following ISPOR Board of Directors approval in July 2017, ISPOR is happy to announce the formal recognition the ISPOR CEE Consortium! The Consortium currently connects over 3700 HEOR professionals from 23 Regional Chapters sharing ISPOR values and supporting its vision and mission. To learn about ISPOR CEE Consortium, its role in the HEOR community, current activities and initiatives, visit ISPOR CEE Consortium
  • ISPOR welcomes new Regional Chapter in Africa – ISPOR Ethiopia Chapter
  • ISPOR congratulates Marcin Czech, member of ISPOR Poland Chapter and Professor, Department of Pharmacoeconomics, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland on his appointment as an Undersecretary of State/Vice Minister at the Ministry of Health in Poland
  • ISPOR Africa Network is proud to announce the publication of a collaborative paper on “Ebola Virus Epidemic in West Africa: Global Health Economic Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Policy Recommendationsin ISPOR journal Value in Health Regional Issues (CEEWAA). The paper focuses on health economic aspects of the 2014 Ebola outbreak and discusses faced challenges, available treatments, and public policy response
  • Earlier this year ISPOR introduced the new model of ISPOR Chapter Affiliation Agreement and Constitution, which were developed in close cooperation with the ISPOR membership in the regions. Over 95% of ISPOR EMEA Chapters have already implemented the required changes and submitted signed documents to ISPOR. We thank all EMEA Chapters for their cooperation and support of this ISPOR governance initiative!
  • Submission is open for NEW ISPOR short course proposal for the 2018 ISPOR 21 Annual European Congress! Those in the EMEA region interested in submitting new topic for consideration should contact EMEA@ispor.org for instructions. Submission deadline is December 1, 2017.
  • Preparations have started for the organization of the 2018 ISPOR Regional Meeting in Dubai, UAE. The Dubai ISPOR event will focus on discussing the role of HEOR and HTA in health care decision-making in the Middle East and North Africa and will be addressed towards various regional stakeholder groups including industry, policy makers, regulators. More information coming up soon at ISPOR

 NEWS FROM REGIONAL CHAPTERS 

  • “Drug Pricing in Europe” at a core of the upcoming 15th International Conference of the Polish PE Society, organized by the ISPOR Poland Chapter
  • ISPOR Egypt Chapter conducts educational workshop on “Pharmacoeconomics Practice and Implementation” for local decision makers
  • ISPOR Spain Chapter brings attention to price and reimbursement processes for drugs and health technologies in Spain at its 1st workshop: “Funding Models Proposal for the National Health System of the 21st Century”
  • “Enhancing Cost-effectiveness in Health Care Decision Making; The Role of HTA in Lower Middle Income Countries” – educational seminar by ISPOR Ghana Chapter
  • ISPOR Georgia Chapter contributes to the implementation of Pharmacoeconomics into the curriculum of a local university
  • ISPOR Russia St. Petersburg Chapter members involved in monitoring the procedure of reimbursement lists in Russia

 ISPOR MEMBERSHIP

Are you involved with ISPOR Africa, Arabic Networks, or CEE Consortium but are not currently an active ISPOR member? Join your peers and take advantage of member exclusive benefits and services including, but not limited to education and training, publications, contribution to the science, knowledge products and online tools, networking. Join ISPOR Now!

Become a contributor to the ISPOR community and help to promote HEOR excellence and to improve health care decision making around the world.

  • ISPOR Global Fellowship Directory and Global Internship Directorynew and exclusive member benefit! Two new online resources for fellowships and internships for health economics and outcomes researchers. Visit ISPOR Career Center to explore more opportunities in the HEOR field.

To learn about ISPOR and membership benefits – view ISPOR’s New Member 101 webinar. For questions contact membership@ispor.org.

 ISPOR ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES – GET INVOLVED!

  • Are you from the EMEA region and would like to participate in promoting health economics and outcomes research excellence to improve decision making for health in your region? Join ISPOR Regional Chapter in your country and contribute!
  • Contribute to the Update of ISPOR Book of Terms – ISPOR invites interested ISPOR members to submit suggested NEW terms to include in the update of the Health Care Quality, Cost, and Outcomes: ISPOR Book of Terms.  Deadline to submit terms is December 31, 2017
  • Are you a student in the field of HEOR and have interests and passion for excellence in research? ISPOR offers membership benefits that are valued and essential in members’ professional growth. Find ISPOR Student Chapter in your region, connect with the Chapter President, or form a new chapter at your university. To learn more visit ISPOR Student Network
  • Submit your country’s specific databases or registries and contribute to ISPOR Digest of International Databases – an electronic index of health care databases around the world, which provides a summary of key attributes
  • Join ISPOR Scientific and Health Policy Working Groups
  • Submit papers to ISPOR Journals

 For more opportunities to engage with ISPOR, please visit www.ispor.org

About ISPOR Global Networks EMEA

ISPOR Global Networks EMEA represents regional groups affiliated with ISPOR that promote research, development and practice focusing on the advancement of health economics and outcomes research in Europe, Middle East, and Africa through educational, research, and policy-related activities to improve decision making for health. ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA encompasses of 2 regional networks: Arabic and Africa, and Central & Eastern Europe Consortium, 42 Regional Chapters and works with close to 5000 members representing research, academia, industry, health care policy makers regulators, health economists and patients in this global region.

Thank you for your interest in the ISPOR EMEA Global Networks – we hope this issue of News Across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) provided you with an insight into research, education and networking opportunities in the ISPOR EMEA global groups!

If you would like to learn more about ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA or share information on the HEOR activities in your country please contact us at EMEA@ispor.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA Team