Key Information

(as of April 24, 2018 – Subject to Changes)

Participants will be able to:

  • Learn new health economics and outcomes research methods and techniques;
  • Improve the quality of decision making through better utilization of health economics and outcomes research studies; and
  • Learn how to assess and select the appropriate quality-of-life measurement instruments.

All sessions at ISPOR 2018 are presented in English. ISPOR regrets that due to the disruption to other delegates, whisper translation (chuchotage) is not permitted in any session, including short courses. To discuss options to meet educational needs in multiple languages, please contact meetingsinfo@ispor.org.

Self-serve check-in and name badge printing stations will be available in the Charles Street Lobby of the Baltimore Conference Center (BCC). Here delegates can enter their name or email address or registration number to print their name badge.

The following tickets will also print with your name badge:

  • Short Course ticket for each Short Course for which you registered (you MUST bring your Short Course ticket to the room to collect your materials and be admitted);
  • One complimentary drink ticket to the Exhibitors’ Open House Reception: : Monday, May 21 from 6:00pm-7:45pm;
  • One complimentary drink ticket to the Exhibitors’ Wine & Cheese Reception: Tuesday, May 22 from 6:00pm-7:45pm;
  • Social Event ticket (if pre-registered); and
  • Continuing Education ticket (if pre-registered).

Registration bags, lanyards, Program & Schedule of Events, and the May/June issue of Value in Health are available for pick-up near ISPOR registration

For security purposes all individuals must be registered and wear the official ISPOR Conference Name Badge to gain access to the conference, the sessions, the exhibit poster hall, and any other ISPOR activity. Onsite staff and security will monitor for name badges and will deny access if individual does not have an official ISPOR Conference Name Badge. Individuals not wearing a name badge will be directed to registration. Please note that if you lose your name badge and need to have it re-printed you cannot print that at the self-serve station, you will need to visit the registration help desk.

Because of the professional nature of the program, safety and liability reasons; guests and anyone under the age of 18 are not permitted access or to register for the conference. This includes access to the conference in general, to scientific presentations, and to the exhibit and poster hall.

For any ISPOR sponsored social event, guests over the age of 21 are permitted to attend but must have a paid event ticket. Due to insurance and liability no one under 21 will be permitted to attend a social event.

COAT CHECK
You may check your coat, baggage and/or poster with an attendant in the Coat Check Room, located on Level 100 of the Baltimore Convention Center. A fee of $3 will be charged for each item checked.

General conference registration is inclusive of symposia, all general conference sessions, poster presentations, and the exhibit hall.

Separate registration is required for all Short Courses (Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20) and for the Social Event (Tuesday, May 22). Please see ISPOR Registration for details. A schedule of ISPOR Group conferences, which are by invitation only, is provided in the printed Program & Schedule of Events, as well as in the conference mobile app and on the ISPOR website.

Conference registration is inclusive of symposia on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 and all conference sessions Monday-Wednesday, no pre-registration is required.

Internet stations are provided in the Exhibit-Poster Hall located in Halls B- D..

For the convenience of Conference attendees, Wi-Fi is available in the convention center.
Network: ISPOR
Password: IQVIA2018

Wi-Fi is only intended for checking email and using the conference mobile app, not for downloading files. Connection speeds will vary depending on the volume of users.

Wi-Fi Acceptable Use Policy

  • The Wireless network at the convention center is designed for viewing the conference mobile app, social media, email, surfing and other general low bandwidth applications. It is not intended for streaming of any sort.
  • Peer-to-peer traffic such as BitTorrent and the like, use a disproportionate amount of bandwidth and are unfair to other attendees. Please refrain from non-conference related peer-to-peer file sharing to minimize this effect. (BitTorrent is a communications protocol of peer-to-peer file sharing ("P2P") which is used to distribute data and electronic files over the Internet)
  • Please be considerate and share the bandwidth with your fellow attendees.
  • Please do not actively scan the network. Many of the tools for scanning an address range are too efficient at using as much bandwidth as possible, this will likely be noticed.
  • Due to the user load in congested areas, you may experience a slow connection or have difficulty connecting to the network at times. If that is the case, you may want to move to a less congested area.

Is the network secure?
ISPOR is providing an open network. A good resource to increase your safety on a public networks is http://lifehacker.com/5576927/how-to-stay-safe-on-public-wi-fi-networks.

Help! I can’t connect.
Please make sure you are connecting to the network called “ISPOR.” There are many WiFi devices and users at the conference and no method of selecting the best base station or access point is perfect. If a device is moving more than a few meters the chance of a suboptimal connection is increased as that device is moved further from where the original connection was made. Turning the WiFi device off and restarting is one way to force a reevaluation of the connection, but less disruptive measures may also work. If the affected device has an “Airplane Mode” option, a Wireless on/off switch, a wireless on/off hot key, a “Radio Disable” option, or a “Turn AirPort Off” option, using one of these for 15 to 30 seconds should be as effective and be far less disruptive.

Can I set up my own AP (access points), MiFi, or share my laptops internet connection?
Please do not set up your own access points. Rogue APs, unauthorized access points plugged into the wired network are considered one of the most prolific security holes in a Wi-Fi network. Rogue APs will cause problems for attendees attempting to use the main wireless system. The lack of channel coordination by these devices degrades the overall performance for all users (including the MiFi user!). Personal APs should not be in production or functioning inside the convention center. If used, they will be detected and the user will be asked by staff to discontinue use of the device. This also applies to smartphones in hotspot mode as well.

Poster presentations will be on view in the Exhibit-Poster Hall located in Halls B- D.

The poster hall is organized in rows (A-N) and each poster board is numbered accordingly (e.g. A1, J10). Poster presentation titles and authors, as well as the numbered board location, are available on the https://myisporbaltimore.zerista.com/ web platform and ISPOR Baltimore mobile app. This information is also available as a PDF on the ISPOR website.

Each poster presentation has been assigned a specific numbered board location, which is shown next to the presentation title. Please note that this is different than the poster code (based on the abstract’s scientific topic), which was assigned to each poster presentation upon acceptance. Poster board numbering is shown on the floor plan in the Program & Schedule of Events, as well as on the website and mobile app.

*Presenters are required to be at their posters during the Poster Author Discussion Hour.
**Posters that are not removed at the scheduled dismantle times will be discarded.

Awards are given for the best research presentations for podiums and posters in the categories of GENERAL, NEW INVESTIGATOR, and STUDENT (up to 3 in each category).

All research podium presentations are considered for an award. The top 10% of research poster presentations, based on abstract review score, are considered for a poster presentation award. These are identified with a rosette and will be judged during the Conference.

Tuesday, May 22 | 9:00pm-11:00pm

Tin Roof Baltimore
Join us for an evening of networking, light bar bites, and live music at the ISPOR Social Event at Tin Roof Baltimore. Known as the “Live Music Joint, where Everybody is Somebody,” Tin Roof offers a fun, inviting, eclectic, laid-back atmosphere. Conveniently located in Baltimore’s popular Power Plant Live and only 1 block away from the world famous Downtown Inner Harbor. So whether you are coming to dance or to grab a drink, this is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your ISPOR peers! Separate registration required.

Separate registration required: $30 per person. Price includes light bar bites and entertainment.
Registration subject to availability, see the ISPOR Registration desk for details.

For Social Event Registrants:

  • If you have pre-registered for the Social Event, your ticket will print out with your name badge. You will need this ticket for entry.

Communicating by way of social media is encouraged if it falls within embargo and communications rules.
Be part of the live discussion!

Be part of the live discussion!

  • Tweet your comments to @ISPORorg during the conference using #ISPORBaltimore
  • Access expert insights and share your views on conference sessions at the ISPOR LinkedIn Discussion Group: http://bit.ly/ISPOR-LIn
  • Network with your peers on the ISPOR Facebook page: http://bit.ly/ISPOR-FB

ISPOR supports the promotion of research presented at ISPOR conferences, while safeguarding sensitive information, data, and research findings that are not yet available to the public. Due to the sensitive nature of data and the particularly preliminary, unpublished research findings, all filming and recording of scientific sessions and the poster hall is prohibited during the conference, without the express written consent of ISPOR.

Portions of ISPOR 2018 may be recorded by ISPOR. By participating in the discussions, conference registrants agree that ISPOR may electronically copy, videotape, or audiotape their attendance at and involvement in any program. Registration and attendance at ISPOR 2018 constitutes an agreement by the registrant to ISPOR’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of their image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities. ISPOR will strictly enforce its rights as the exclusive licensee of all publication and reproduction rights to each presentation, and no presentation, in whole or in part, may be reproduced without approval from ISPOR.

Conference attendees must gain approval from a speaker or poster presenter prior to quoting or publishing that individual's scientific results. Members of the press must identify themselves as such before questioning speakers and conference attendees if using the information in a professional capacity.

More detailed information on ISPOR’s Press Pass, Legal, and Embargo Policies are available on ISPOR’s News & Press page at the ISPOR website (www.ispor.org).

For further questions on these policies, please contact: Betsy Lane (blane@ispor.org), Director and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer.

ISPOR Registration is located in the Charles Street Lobby.

  • Saturday, May 19: 7:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, May 20: 7:00am-6:00pm
  • Monday, May 21: 7:00am-6:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 22: 7:00am-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 23: 8:00am-4:00pm

Exhibits are located in Halls B-D.

Exhibitor Set-Up

  • Sunday, May 20: 3:00pm-11:59pm
    (No-reentry to Exhibit Hall after 10pm.)
  • Monday, May 21: 7:00am-8:30am

Exhibitor Dismantle

  • Wednesday, May 23: 2:00pm-6:00pm

Exhibits Viewing Hours:

  • Monday, May 21: 8:30am-7:45pm
  • Tuesday, May 22: 8:30am-7:45pm
  • Wednesday, May 23: 8:30am-2:00pm

Access the mobile app on your smartphone or use the myISPORBaltimore website (https://myisporbaltimore.zerista.com/) on your computer or tablet. Both options allow users to:

  • Update your “electronic business card” (personal profile);
  • Create a personalized conference schedule;
  • Search the conference program by scientific topic, keyword, or speaker;
  • Connect with other attendees by sending messages (while keeping your email address private); and
  • Find exhibitors and sponsors to connect with by viewing their virtual booths.

Search for “ISPOR” in the App Store or on Google Play!
The ISPOR Conference app is compatible with Apple and Android devices and is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

Abstracts for all podium and poster research presentations given at the ISPOR 2018 will be published in the Value in Health ((Volume 21, Suppl 1). This issue of Value in Health will be available to ISPOR members and ISPOR 2018 registrants online at: www.ispor.org/valueinhealth_index.asp in June 2018.

Research podium and poster presentation financial disclosure information will be available online at: http://www.ispor.org/valueinhealth_index.asp in Value in Health ((Volume 21, Suppl 1) in June 2018. Faculty and staff involved in the planning or presentation of this conference are required to disclose all real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to conference content. This information is available on request at the ISPOR Registration desk.

Plenary session, issue panel, workshop, ISPOR forum, and symposia slides will be available via the conference app and at the ISPOR 2018 Released Presentations page at www.ispor.org during/after the conference, subject to speaker approval.

Podium and poster presentation abstracts and released slides or poster PDFs are available at the ISPOR Scientific Presentations Database (a searchable database of over 42,750 research papers presented at ISPOR conferences).

  • Plenary Sessions: Handouts for the plenary sessions will be available in the session room at the time of the presentations when appropriate.
  • Research Presentations, Workshops & Issue Panels: Handouts for research presentations (podiums and posters), workshops, and issue panels are the sole responsibility of the presenting author(s).
  • ISPOR Forums: Handouts for ISPOR Forums are available in the session room at the time of the presentations.
  • Educational Symposia: Handouts for symposia are the sole responsibility of the host organization.

The Released Presentations page will feature many of the conferences’ slide presentations as PDFs. In 2017, more than 80% of the presentations were available to the public during/after the conference. The Released Presentations page is accessible via the conference mobile app and at ISPOR 2018.

Upload the final version of your slide presentation in the Speaker Ready Room on the same day of your session!
All speakers are encouraged to use the Speaker Ready Room to preview their slide presentation and/or upload an updated version. Presentations submitted to ISPOR Speaker’s Corner by the specified advance deadline and all presentations uploaded/updated in the Speaker Ready Room 30 minutes prior to the session will be pre-loaded to the computer in the session room. All speakers are requested to arrive at their presentation room 15 minutes prior to the session start time. ISPOR staff will be available in the session room to assist the presenter.

A speaker ready room is provided in Room 311 (Level 300) with the following opening hours:

  • Sunday, May 20: 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Monday, 6 May 21: 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 22: 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 23: 8:00am-3:00pm

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ISPOR 2018 Short Course Program is co-sponsored by Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Continuing Education Division and ISPOR.

For pharmacists (CPE): Attendees may earn up to 4 CPE credits per each accredited half-day short course session attendance, and up to 7.5 CPE credits per each accredited full day short course session attendance at the ISPOR 2018 Purdue University College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This is a knowledge-based, continuing education activity of Purdue University, an equal access/equal opportunity institution. Complete UAN, CPE/CME and disclosure information is listed within the Continuing Education Attendance and Evaluation Booklet. To receive the maximum number of credits for each continuing education activity, participant must attend entire session and complete all registration and evaluation requirements.

For physicians (CME): This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Purdue University College of Pharmacy and ISPOR. Purdue University College of Pharmacy, an equal access/equal opportunity institution, is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Purdue University College of Pharmacy designates this live activity for a maximum of up to 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM per each accredited half-day short course attendance, and up to 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM per each accredited full day short course attendance, towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

***Please note: Short courses are accredited based on presenters' compliance with ACPE regulations. All presenters who comply with ACPE regulations will have their session accredited for Continuing Education credit. Accredited sessions will be designated in the CE Booklet.

Instructions

To receive continuing education credit for the ISPOR Short Course Program, you must either pre-register online or register onsite.

If you pre-registered: A Continuing Education materials ticket will be printed with your name badge. Registrants will be able to redeem this ticket for the ISPOR 2018 Continuing Education Attendance and Evaluation Booklet at the onsite registration help desk.

On-site registrants: To obtain the ISPOR 2018 Continuing Education Attendance and Evaluation Booklet, you must register for this service at the ISPOR Registration Desk during the conference.

The fee for this service is US$125.

To receive continuing education credits: Complete the ISPOR 2018 Continuing Education Attendance and Evaluation Booklet and return the entire Evaluation Booklet to the ISPOR Help Desk at the end of the conference, OR send to the ISPOR office within two weeks of the close of the conference.

For CPE: Pharmacist's ACPE credits will be directly reported to CPE Monitor within 60 days. This requires that the participant provide their NABP e-profile ID and MMDD of birth. If you have any questions regarding the NABP ID please visit http://www.nabp.net/programs/cpe-monitor/cpe-monitor-service/

For CME: Certificates of participation will be sent 6 - 10 weeks after the receipt of the Evaluation Booklet to those who register and complete the program evaluation.

***Please note: : Failure to return a completed CE Attendance & Evaluation Booklet to ISPOR within 30 days of the conference end date will result in denial of credit.

Please be advised that while the conference program is designed to provide accurate information regarding the subject matter covered, the views, opinions, and recommendations expressed are those of the authors and speakers, not the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), and thus ISPOR does not guarantee the accuracy of the information disseminated. If professional advice is desired, please consult a competent professional.

It is the undeviating policy of ISPOR to comply strictly with the letter and spirit of all local and U.S. Federal, State, and applicable international trade regulations and antitrust laws. Any activities of ISPOR or ISPOR-related actions of its officers, Executive Committee Members, or members that violate these regulations and laws are detrimental to the interests of ISPOR and are unequivocally contrary to ISPOR policy.

Please ask ISPOR staff members for any additional information about the conference or about ISPOR. ISPOR staff can be identified by their ISPOR name badge.

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