News Across Asia Volume 7 No. 2 (September 2018)

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As autumn approaches in the northern hemisphere (and summer for our friends in the southern hemisphere) we celebrate the publication of News Across Asia Vol. 7 No. 2, the ISPOR Asia Consortium newsletter. This is the inaugural issue for our 2018-2020 ISPOR Asia Publication Committee Chair, Dr. Alex Z. Fu, and we welcome his leadership. This issue will recap the hugely successful ISPOR Asia Pacific 2018 Conference which achieved a 28% increase in growth from ISPOR Singapore, including the key sessions, events and meetings that transpired in Tokyo. We will also give you updates on regional health initiatives that are occurring around Asia Pacific. We hope you enjoy this issue and warmly invite you to learn more about how ISPOR and ISPOR Asia Consortium are working to improve health care decision making in Asia Pacific and globally.

Kind regards,

News Across Asia Co-Editors Alex Z. Fu, Sang Soo Lee, and Fang Zhang


 ISPOR Asia Pacific 2018

Regional Health Initiatives

  • Webinar on Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs Framework for Chinese Hospitals
  • Value in Health Regional Issues – Asia 2018 published
  • Upcoming International Conference in India
  • 2018 ISPOR Indonesia Chapter Conference
  • ISPOR Participation at upcoming National HTA Conference in China
  • Message from HITAP to ISPOR Members – Call for case studies: NCD prevention interventions in LMICs
  • ISPOR Outstanding Regional Chapter Award
  • ISPOR Regional Chapter Leadership Training in Barcelona



The ISPOR Asia Pacific 2018 Conference recently concluded on 8-11 September, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. It was the first time the ISPOR Asia Pacific Conference returned to Japan since 2003 in the inaugural Conference in Kobe, and while that 2003 conference had just over 200 attendees, the recently concluded conference was the largest ISPOR Asia Pacific Conference ever with over 1600 delegates attending. This represents a remarkable 28% increase over the Singapore conference just 2 short years ago. By every metric the conference was a great success, including having timely and innovative plenary sessions, dynamic spotlight sessions, forums, educational fora and symposia, workshops and issue panels, fun and engaging receptions and invitational meetings, and over 900 research poster presentations. You can check out participants’ interesting comments and experiences at the twitter handle #ISPORTokyo.

Welcome to the Conference

The Conference began in earnest on Saturday September 8 with the Short Course program, which featured 18 short courses covering a range of key topics for professionals in health economics and outcomes research, and had over 940 participants who learned from the expert faculty. There were 5 new courses to Tokyo, including Budget Impact Analysis I: A 6-Step Approach, Medical Devices in Asia-Pacific: Regulatory and Reimbursement Issues, Budget Impact Analysis II: Applications & Design Issues, Applied Modeling, and Introduction to Big Data Analysis: Graph Analytics. For more information on the ISPOR Short Course program in Tokyo, visit here. We also welcome you to send us your recommendations and requests for new short courses by contacting

ISPOR Short Courses in Action

















On Saturday evening there was a spectacular welcome reception where over 500 delegates joined together to celebrate the rich culture of Japan. The reception started with warm welcomes from ISPOR leadership who then did a ceremonial sake barrel breaking, opening the way for the participants to enjoy the sake. There were also interactive stations of Japanese origami, the traditional tea ceremony and calligraphy painting for delegates to participate in and enjoy together. Of course, there was also delicious food which goes without saying.

Enjoying the welcome reception















The main conference program started on Sunday September 9 with the Opening Speech and 1st plenary session. The opening speech was given by Dr. Yashuhiro Suzuki, the Chief Medical and Global Health Officer and Vice-Minister for Health in the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan, who provided invaluable insights into the perspectives of decision makers within the Japanese health care system. The first plenary session, entitled “Transforming Healthcare and Leveraging Digital Health for Better Health in Asia-Pacific” allowed the participants to learn about this cutting-edge topic and its growing influence in the health care space. Each day was packed with numerous high impact sessions, and there was a special spotlight session on Sunday night on the Japanese HTA pilot program, where Japanese decision makers highlighted the new road map for how the government will use economic evaluation to take repricing decisions. For a festive atmosphere, the Exhibitor Reception featured a Geisha troupe that welcome delegates while they networked and enjoyed refreshments, and the ISPOR Asia Consortium reception capped off a full day.

The Opening Plenary and special session on Japanese HTA
















On Monday September 10, the 2nd plenary session discussed the critical topic of real world evidence and its use in decision making in Asia Pacific, capturing perspectives from Mainland China, Taiwan and Japan. There was another spotlight session jointly hosted by ISPOR and HTAi on the topic of global Horizon scanning. This stimulating session continued the encouraging trend of cooperation between the societies, which started at HTAi Vancouver in June. The first ever ISPOR Student Career event in Asia Pacific was held where key thought leaders and members such as ISPOR Student Network Chair Koen Degeling and ISPOR Asia Consortium founding member Hong Li shared insights and experiences on how to advance your career in HEOR. Learn more about the ISPOR Student Network here: There were also several key ISPOR forums on Monday night, including one on HTA of medical devices hosted by the ISPOR Asia Consortium HTA Committee, one on the real world data and HTA landscape in Asia Pacific hosted by the ISPOR Asia Consortium Industry Committee, and another forum on ISPOR health policy and science groups hosted by ISPOR staff. Conference Program presentations may be viewed here.

The Conference provided numerous networking and information sharing opportunities
















The Conference concluded in a grand fashion on Tuesday September 11 with a jam-packed day of sessions and the 3rd plenary session. The plenary session was on risk-sharing agreements, which tackled the key dilemma facing innovators and payers surrounding patient access and affordability. Many critical issues were raised by the audience through a lively question and answer section. A special new professional event was held offering guidance on getting your research published, which allowed attendees to have intimate question and answer sessions in roundtable format with leading publication editors for Value in Health and Value in Health Regional Issues. Are you a new professional in ISPOR? Check out our resources here to learn more and get involved.

New Professionals learned tips about getting published from ViHRI and VIH editors.









Throughout the Conference there were multiple invitational meetings, including meetings for ISPOR Regional Chapters in Australia and New Zealand, Chinese speaking and Indian Chapters, Thailand, Japan and Korea Chapters. These meetings provided an important opportunity for chapter members to get together face to face during the conference and discuss pressing issues surrounding their chapters in their own languages. Many chapters even featured special presentations of a scientific nature. The ISPOR Asia Consortium had a leadership meeting for founding Asia Consortium leaders and ViHRI Asia leadership who had discussions on strategy and direction of the Consortium. ISPOR Asia Consortium Industry Committee met to discuss their ongoing research projects on real world data and HTA mapping which will culminate in 2 manuscripts for submission to ViHRI. We welcome you to join ISPOR Asia Consortium working committees to get involved here.

ISPOR Asia Consortium leaders met face to face in Tokyo to discuss strategy and pressing issues














HTA and Patient Roundtables

In keeping with tradition, ISPOR HTA Roundtable Asia-Pacific convened its annual HTA roundtable during the conference on Saturday September 8. The theme of the roundtable was “Real World Evidence and Health Technology Assessment in Asia Pacific,” and the roundtable had 23 delegates representing many jurisdictions and agencies including, the ministries of health in Japan, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Bhutan, as well as South Korea’s NECA, HITAP in Thailand, CDE in Taiwan, and National Health Commission of Mainland China. There were in depth discussions on issues surrounding the challenges and realities of RWD and RWE utilization in Asia Pacific, as well as potential ways forward to collaborate. A high level summary will be published soon and will be available on the ISPOR Asia Consortium website.

ISPOR HTA Roundtable Asia Pacific 2018 delegates










There was also the inaugural ISPOR Patient Roundtable in Asia Pacific that was held on Sunday September 9, which provided a platform for patient organization representatives, health care researchers and decision makers to come together and discuss issues surrounding patient involvement in health care decision making in Asia Pacific. There was key participation from such organizations as DakshamA Health and Education, International Alliance for Patient Organizations, Japan Brain Tumor Alliance, Patvocates, China Organization for Rare Disorders, Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders, Psoriasis Association Taiwan, Save our Sons Duchenne Foundation and New Zealand Organization for Rare Disorders. A summary will be published soon and will be available on the ISPOR website.

ISPOR Patient Roundtable – Asia Pacific delegates









We wish to thank our members, delegates and participants for contributing to the Conference in making it a success. We also sincerely thank our supporting institutions, which can be viewed here. Also a special thank you to our event sponsors Anterio, CBPartners, HealthCore and Pharmerit, and our exhibitors, symposia and educational forum sponsors.

See you in Seoul, South Korea for ISPOR Asia Pacific 2020!












Webinar on Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs Framework for Chinese Hospitals

ISPOR Asia Consortium and the Leading Health Systems Network, Imperial College London jointly hosted a webinar on “Adapting the United States’ AMS Program Guidelines to Build an Economic Evaluation Framework for Chinese Hospitals” on September 18, 2018. The presenters were Cindy (Xin) Gao, PhD, Principal & Asia-Pacific Regional Lead, Pharmerit International, Bethesda, US; Emily Yixi Chen, MSc, Sr. HEOR Manager, Pfizer Investment Co. Ltd., Beijing, China; and Seema Haider, PhD (ABD), Senior Director, Group Lead PEH HEOR, Pfizer Inc., New York, US. The webinar highlighted research aimed to help Chinese hospital decision-makers measure the costs and benefits associated with their specific antimicrobial stewardship programs (AmSP) and gain a better understanding of their value, thus creating an enhanced engagement in implementing AmSPs.

The presentations can be viewed here:  The webinar is part of an ongoing series dedicated to the topic hosted by the LHSN, and you are welcome to access previous webinar recordings at their website here: For information on the Leading Health Information Systems Network and the excellent work they are doing, visit their website at

Value in Health Regional Issues – Asia 2018 Published

The Asia issue of ViHRI was published in May, and is now accessible here:

This issue features 23 articles on economic evaluation, preference-based assessments, systematic literature reviews, health policy analysis, methodology and brief reports for the Asia Pacific region. There is also a special themed section on drug policies in Asia.  

Upcoming International Conferences in India

The 17th Annual Conference of Society of Pharmacovigilance India and 7th International Conference of ISPOR India will be held on October 8-19, 2018 at the Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and research, India. You can submit your abstracts here: For more information, please visit the ISPOR India Chapter website.

2018 ISPOR Indonesia Chapter Conference

The ISPOR Indonesia Chapter recently convened a successful conference in Yogyakarta on 21-24 July 2018 at the Santika Premiere Hotel. The theme of the Conference was Patient Preferences for Better Quality of Life, and there were 250 delegates that participated in 2 workshops centered around topics such as pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology and economic evaluation. There were numerous high profile international speakers featured that illuminated the delegates on these core issues. For more information, please visit the ISPOR Indonesia Chapter website.

ISPOR Participation at upcoming National HTA Conference in China

 The China National Health Development Research Center (CNHDRC, under Minister of Health) is organizing a national level HTA conference to be held 26 October, 2018 in Beijing, China. The conference theme is Value-based Health Care and Action. ISPOR has been confirmed as a speaker during the Conference’s 2nd plenary, and will present on ISPOR’s role and contribution toward the global HTA landscape. More information will be made available soon. For more information on ISPOR’s involvement in HTA, please visit:

Message from HITAP to ISPOR Members – Call for case studies: NCD prevention interventions in LMICs

You are cordially invited to be a part of a global public good being developed by a consortium of global experts. The Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP) is working with foremost institutions to develop a book about interventions to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The NCD burden continues to rise in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), whilst some NCD prevention interventions can be classified as a ‘best buy’ (or good investment), others prove themselves to be a ‘wasted buy’. We would like to invite you to share with us your interesting experiences of  ‘best buy’ and ‘wasted buy’ interventions for NCDs prevention in LMICs by 10 October 2018. Any stories, experiences, successes, and challenges are welcome.

This work will be featured at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2019, an international conference supported by the Royal Thai Government. Those whose case studies are selected will be invited to participate in the conference in Bangkok with all travel expenses covered, and you may get a chance to be a co-author of the book together with some remuneration. Please click here for more information on how to submit and explore this collaborative opportunity! This work is supported by the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Secretariat of the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation.

ISPOR Outstanding Regional Chapter Award

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.

Chapter Leadership Training Workshop

Thank you to those Chapter leaders that participated in the ISPOR Chapter Leader Training Program in ISPOR 2018, Baltimore.  We hope that the program offered a valuable experience for you! This program will continue with a second in-person training workshop in ISPOR Europe 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. This training aims to prepare the chapter leaders with in-depth information on ways to get involved in various ISPOR activities, on ISPOR chapter governance and management requirements, and learn from peers on successful approaches to member engagement, leadership succession, training, and stakeholder involvement.

All ISPOR Chapter presidents and leader-designates are welcomed to attend. To register for the event in ISPOR Europe 2018 in Barcelona, Spain contact More information on this exciting initiative will be shared soon.


 Announcing the launch of our newly redesigned Website

 ISPOR is pleased to launch our newly redesigned website The new ISPOR website is now integrated with our 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?

Please activate your user profile in the new system to access ISPOR’s HEOR content and resources with a single sign-on, including Value in Health and Value in Health Regional Issuesarticles, Good Practices for Outcomes Research Reports, and other HEOR resources. To activate your user profile, please:

  1. Visit the new, redesigned ISPOR website at
  2. Click the green “Log in” button in the top right corner.
  3. Enter your email address and password
  4. You will be requested to change your password
  5. Please use ‘Forgot Your Password’ to reset your password if needed.

We are very excited to roll out Phase I of the new IT platforms with the launch of our new website and AMS. Please do take the time to activate your user profile on the new system and customize your communications preferences.

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ISPOR Asia Consortium is a regional group within the organizational structure of ISPOR that consists of regional experts and thought leaders, ISPOR Chapters in Asia-Pacific as well as global professionals interested in HEOR and HTA and their use in health care decisions. Become a part of our dynamic organization with 1,000 global members, 8 working committees, and 33 ISPOR Regional Chapters in Asia-Pacific with over 2,600 members.

There are so many ways to get involved:

  • Participate in our Biennial Asia-Pacific Conferences – past conferences in Kobe 2003, Shanghai 2006, Seoul 2008, Phuket 2010, Taipei 2012, Beijing 2014, Singapore 2016 and upcoming Tokyo 2018!
  • Network with global colleagues at ISPOR Asia Consortium meetings
  • Join our project-oriented working committees such as Industry, Education and Publication Committees
  • Develop your new HEOR career by participating in the New Professionals Group
  • Submit your research and content to our publications
  • Learn more about our Chapters and get plugged into your local groups
  • Check out our library of health policy articles and informational resources

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