The ISPOR Health Policy SIG will focus on defining health care systems (policies, programs and services) that achieve the highest value for money spent. The ISPOR Health Policy SIG will also provide evidence-based and practice-based information that is applicable to health care systems, the clinical setting, and the clinician and patient interaction.
Health policy refers to a myriad of rules, regulations, and guidelines that exist to operate, finance, and shape health care delivery. It covers a range of health related issues including: the financing of health care, public health, preventive health care, chronic illness and disability, long-term care, and mental health. The probabilistic nature of health care and the lack of needed information at the time of decision making by clinicians and patients results in significant amounts of inappropriate care, resulting in the rise in health care costs without improvements in health. Appropriate health care policies and implementation of these policies using available ‘real time’ information can improve the overall well-being of society. For example, health information technology, a tool to augment clinician decision making with best practice guidelines and evidence at the point of care, makes it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information. With the appropriate health polices and knowledge systems and the appropriate application of these policies and systems, society can allocate scarce health care resources wisely, fairly, and efficiently.
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