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30 September 2021

12:00 - 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
    , Team Leader, Better Health Program Mexico, Prosperity Fund, Founding Partner at Blutitude, Global Fellow of the Wilson Center Mexico Institute, Former Undersecretary of Health, Former CFO of the Mexican Institute of Social Security, Mexico City, Mexico



30 September 2021

13:00 - 13:10

Break

30 September 2021

13:10 - 14:10

Educational Symposia

30 September 2021

13:10 - 14:10

Educational Symposia

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 - 15:50

Networking Roundtable

1 October 2021

09:00 - 10:00

Educational Symposia

1 October 2021

09:00 - 10:00

Educational Symposia

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 - 12:20

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

12:20 - 12:50

Networking Roundtable