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30 September 2021

11:45 - 13:00

Opening Session - Through and Beyond: How Latin America is Confronting COVID-19

  • Description
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges for the Latin America region, raising the question of how health systems can overcome emerging and systemic obstacles, and take advantage of opportunities to rebuild and prepare for future health crises. This opening session brings together a diverse panel of renowned experts to share insights on how the Latin America region can effectively confront and move beyond the pandemic. There will be a high-level overview of the regional landscape and situation, with presenters sharing how governments, multilateral organizations, private organizations, and academia work together to improve health outcomes and access. There will also be a discussion on the key role health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) is playing to support healthcare decision-making in prioritization of health investments and pricing and reimbursement of critical technologies, including COVID-19 therapies. Finally, how the health systems can ensure adequate integration of novel technologies in this challenging era will be explored from a multi-stakeholder perspective.

    Moderator
    Eduardo Gonzalez-Pier, PhD
    , Global Fellow at the Wilson Center and Senior Technical Director of Health Financing, Palladium, Washington DC



30 September 2021

13:00 - 13:10

Break

30 September 2021

13:10 - 14:10

Educational Symposium - Reaching Out for a New Era in Dermatology

  • Description
  • Sponsored By AbbVie

    Complex events such as Covid-19 pandemic, political and economic crises have been dramatically pressuring the health care systems in Latin America. Considering this challenging scenario we have invited experts to discuss major impacts and trends to the HTA process in the region. In areas with a large number of new technologies arriving to the market in the upcoming future, such as dermatology, how to find value in this complex scenario? Through a multi-stakeholder perspective we will cover some of the main challenges, opportunities and tools that may support payers and health professionals in their quest for value.

    Moderator
    Federico Augustovski, MD, MSc, PhD, Director of Health Technology Assessment and Health Economics Department of the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS-CONICET), Professor of Public Health, University of Buenos Aires, and Principal Researcher of CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council), Buenos Aires, Argentina 

     

     

     

     


30 September 2021

13:10 - 14:10

Educational Symposia - Precision Oncology in Latin America: Are We Ready to Realize the Promise of Innovation?

  • Description
  • Sponsored By Roche. 

    The pandemic has placed in stark contrast the fact that the same treatment does not always work the same for everyone, while also deepening the need for innovative regulatory and reimbursement pathways to facilitate timely access to life-saving diagnostics and treatment.  As we begin to look to a future beyond the pandemic, we must consider how the healthcare ecosystem can evolve to take advantage of these learnings, especially for growing therapeutic areas such as precision medicine, has enormous potential to change the way treatments are deliverable and to be an engine for transforming health systems. Although precision (or personalized) medicine is already reaching patients  in several countries around the world, Latin American countries still struggle to advance access for patients that stand to receive tremendous benefit from its application. In the case of Precision Oncology particularly, most regulatory and reimbursement decision making processes within the region are still tailored in a way that focuses on organ-specific diseases and thus treatments, rather than focus on molecular specific diseases thus facilitating decision making around growingly available precision therapeutics. This existing paradigm creates challenges for ensuring timely access for patients to precision oncology therapies that were developed for   increasingly smaller, better-defined populations based on their molecular profile. To overcome this challenge, Latin America HTAs will need to consider how their decision-making processes may need to evolve in order to optimize the assessment of these precision oncology therapies. Given the tremendous positive impact that these therapies can have for patients, and their growing availability, we need to start the discussion NOW on how the different stakeholders within the healthcare ecosystem can work together to overcome this challenge.

    Moderator
    Alec Lee, 
    Director, Latin America Healthcare Research, Frontier Strategy Group, now DuckerFrontier, Washington, D.C., USA

     


     


30 September 2021

14:10 - 14:20

Break

30 September 2021

14:20 - 15:20

Universal Health Coverage in Latin America: the Long Road Ahead

  • Description
  • Latin America has made significant strides towards universal health coverage (UHC) in the past couple of decades. Some countries in the region have achieved UHC, while others are on the path towards it. The COVID-19 pandemic devastated already fragile health systems and further highlighted the importance of UHC for promoting health equity and quality in Latin America. However, the expanded healthcare use and costs bring many challenges for funding and fostering efficiency. The session will examine the current status of UHC in the region, opportunities for innovations, and UHC implementation gaps. Speakers will share their experiences and perspectives on how we should advance and sustain UHC in Latin America focusing on priority setting, assessing UHC progress, innovative financing, and strengthening capacity.

    Moderator

    Alexandre Lemgruber, Regional Advisor, Health Technologies, PAHO, USA




30 September 2021

14:20 - 15:20

Real-World Evidence: Is Latin America Ready?

  • Description
  • The value of real-world evidence (RWE) in healthcare has been increasingly recognized worldwide. RWE has seen a surge of interest in recent years in Latin America, but significant challenges and gaps remain. The COVID-19 pandemic opened a new era for RWE by creating the need and the opportunity to accelerate the collection and use of RWE due to broader adoption of digital tools and telemedicine in the region. The session will outline the current landscape and future trends of RWE in Latin America, address the challenges and barriers that impede the adoption of RWE, and explore how to harness and apply RWE to its full potential. Case studies from the region will be provided to illustrate how to appropriately collect and analyze real-world data to generate good quality RWE and how to use RWE to inform healthcare decisions. 

    Moderator
    Homero A. Monsanto, RPh, PhD,
    Chair of ISPOR Latin America Industry Committee and Executive Director of CORE Latin America, MSD (IA) LLC, Guaynabo, PR, USA


30 September 2021

15:20 - 15:30

Break

30 September 2021

15:30 - 16:00

Networking Roundtable - Perspectives on Health Technology Assessment in Brazil: Practical Methods to Enhance your Knowledge on HTA

  • Description
  • Come and join this interactive networking session to learn and dialogue with leaders of the ISPOR Brazil Chapter. They will provide perspectives on the priorities and methods needed to increase your knowledge of HTA in Brazil. Let’s connect and share your experiences on this relevant topic! 

     

    Presented in Portuguese. Simultaneous interpretation is not provided for this session.



30 September 2021

15:30 - 16:00

Networking Roundtable - Opportunities for the Evaluation of High-Cost Health Technologies in the Latin American context: The case of Mexico

  • Description
  • In the context of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in Latin America, it is essential to have the right measurement tools that allow an objective assessment of the impact that the introduction of certain technologies has on patients. The case of Mexico marks a milestone in decision-making by promoting the inclusion of Quality-Adjusted Life Years to the HTA process. The EuroQoL protocol determines the Mexican social weights for quality of life that can facilitate comparisons between countries in Latin America.

    We invite you to be part of the discussion and share your perspectives on this topic during this networking session with our expert panel representing various sectors such as the Academy, the Health Sector, and the Pharmaceutical Industry.
     

    Hosted by ISPOR Mexico Chapter.

    Presented in SpanishSimultaneous interpretation is not provided for this session.

    Moderator
    Selenia Gómez de los Santos, MBA, BSc. Microbiology, ISPOR Mexico Board of Directors, Pricing & Market Access Assoc. Director at Allergan -an AbbVie Company, Mexico City, Mexico



1 October 2021

09:00 - 10:00

Educational Symposium - Rethinking Our Pricing Perspective: The Price Components Impact on Drugs Affordability in Latin America

  • Description
  • Sponsored By Novartis

    Why do we need to go beyond the traditional view of pharmaceutical prices? What is the impact of the additional price components, such as distribution and dispensing mark-ups and taxes, on prescription pharmaceuticals' final prices? How are those price components and their regulation impacting the affordability of pharmaceuticals?

    This panel will debate the challenges and opportunities posed by how various Latin American countries regulate pharmaceutical distribution mark-ups and taxes. Using price component simulations based on country-specific rules and price logic, the panel will explore the consequences of the different approaches to distribution and taxation.


    Moderator
    Giovanny Leon, MSc, MBA, 
    Pricing & Access Director, Novartis AG Basel, Switzerland. Market Access Lecturer, ADEN Business School, Basel, Switzerland

     


     


     


1 October 2021

09:00 - 10:00

Educational Symposium - New Pathways for Onco-Hematology Care in Latin America

  • Description
  • Sponsored By Janssen. 

    The increasing prevalence of cancer represents a significant and growing burden worldwide. While advances in prevention, early detection, and treatment have led to improved survival, the rapid introduction of new onco-hematological medicines has raised concerns about the ability to provide and sustain affordable access, even among the countries around the Latin America.

    Solutions will only be found by constructing a forum where the relevant players (patients, providers, payers, policy makers, and the pharmaceutical industry) might come together to reflect on an ideal approach to cancer care. In this panel, we intend to facilitate an open dialogue between different experts from different countries and perspectives, about better integration and innovation models in Onco-Hematology focusing on how to improve the performance and efficiency of these patient care.

    We will discuss different initiatives from countries with one of the strongest and most important HTA processes in the world, such as the UK and Canada, including lessons learned from the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) in UK and the feasibility of creating similar models in Latin America - at which points our healthcare systems needs to evolve to have a mechanism to pay for cancer drugs similar to what has been established in the UK since 2010 and especially what benefits a model like this would bring to LATAM, mainly in dealing with uncertainties and improving the collection and use of real world outcome data, thus increasing the level of management of the disease as a whole.

    But the discussion goes beyond the Fund - An example from Latin America itself of a model of comprehensive treatment routes, with patient navigation system, and the debate on how the Colombian model improved the level of treatment offered to the onco-hemato patients and is controlling costs in the country.

    This panel will benefit payers, decision makers, patient's associations and industry attendees.

    Moderator
    Claudine Szpilgogel, MD, Clinical Epidemiologist and Senior Partner at REASEARCH POWER Inc, Dartmouth, Canada

     


1 October 2021

10:00 - 10:10

Break

1 October 2021

10:10 - 11:10

Health Technology Assessment: the Way Forward for Latin America

  • Description
  • Health technology assessment (HTA) plays an increasingly essential role in improving efficiency in resource allocation. How should HTA respond to the COVID-19 crisis in Latin America? This session brings a panel of experts together to examine the impact of the COVID-19 on the HTA paradigm, how HTA is rapidly changing and evolving for urgent decision needs, and how to better utilize existing capacity and resources within countries and the region. Speakers will share insights on the assessment and uptake of emerging technologies and care pathways including COVID-19 therapies and high-cost innovative treatments. They will also discuss the methodological and policy issues, and present challenges and the way forward.

    Moderator
    Cesar Alberto Cruz Santiago, MSc, PhD, MD, Technical Secretary of General Health Council, Ministry of Health, Mexico City, Mexico



1 October 2021

10:10 - 11:10

Value-based Healthcare in Latin America: Turn Expectations Into Reality

  • Description
  • Value-based care is a patient-centric model that purports to improve care and save money at the same time. To contain rapidly rising healthcare costs and use resources more efficiently, global health systems have increasingly embraced value-based healthcare (VBHC). How should Latin America countries align their health systems with value-based healthcare focusing on health outcomes and managing health expenditure accordingly? This session will discuss the current landscape of value assessment frameworks in Latin America, the potential benefits of VBHC, stakeholders’ roles in VBHC, contextual barriers and facilitators for VBHC implementation, and potential future impact of VBHC to healthcare in the region. Through case studies, speakers will share their perspectives and experiences in value-based contracting arrangements and address key issues and practical challenges in implementing these agreements. 

    Moderator
    Diego Guarin, MD, MPH, MSc, Executive Director, Regional Market Access Latin America, Global Market Access, Merck & Co, Co-Chair of the Value and Access to Innovation Working Group at FIFARMA, Kenilworth, NJ, USA



1 October 2021

11:10 - 11:20

Break

1 October 2021

11:20 - 12:30

Closing Session - Integration and Innovation in Health: Positioning for the Future

  • Description
  • While many Latin America regional health systems have undertaken numerous healthcare reforms in recent years and achieved progress in health, there is, however, still substantial variation in health equity and healthcare coverage and outcomes in the region. Key questions remain on how to bring greater regional integration and innovation in health for improving healthcare performance and efficiency. In this session, a panel of healthcare and policy experts will share their insights about gaps and untapped potential in Latin America’s healthcare and explore new strategies for innovation and cooperation. The panel will discuss novel and applicable approaches for healthcare financing and innovation including technology investment and assessment, health access and equity, and transparency, and how to deal with longstanding structural challenges including reducing the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). There will also be perspectives shared on the future path for digital transformation of health for the region.

    Moderator
    Ricardo Bitrán, PhD, Senior Health Economist and President, Bitrán y Asociados, Santiago, Chile 



1 October 2021

12:30 - 12:40

Break

1 October 2021

12:40 - 13:10

Networking Roundtable: Women in HEOR

  • Description
  • Join us for our introductory online networking event Women in HEOR - Latin America. This opportunity is open to all interested in advancing women in the field and will provide a great opportunity to connect, interact and share experiences from amazing Women leaders in the HEOR field.

    Presented in Spanish. Simultaneous interpretation is not provided for this session. 

    Moderator
    Marcela Pérez, MSc, PhD(c)
    , Senior Manager Value & Access- Janssen LAN, Board Member ISPOR Colombian Chapter