Signal—ISPOR’s new signature program—looks beyond today’s linear thinking to explore topics that will shape healthcare decision making over the next decade. Seeking to strengthen strategic foresight and adaptive leadership capacities in the complex world of healthcare, the Signal  series focuses on the “big picture,” while also addressing how health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) can best contribute to solving healthcare’s greatest challenges.

Signal episodes are scheduled throughout the year and feature conversations with speakers who are innovative thought leaders and change makers in both healthcare and other sectors of economy, science disciplines, and areas of human inquiry that can impact healthcare.

Future episodes and speaker names will be added as confirmed and registration for them will open soon.

Upcoming Signal episodes:

Tuesday, October 26

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT) - Episode 5
"Venture Capital Investment : Upstream Decision Making on Value in Healthcare"

Welcome – Julia Chamova, MBA; Senior Director, Content Strategies, ISPOR — The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Host – Tom Cassels; President, Rock Health and general manager of Rock Health’s Advisory Services, San Francisco, CA, USA


Alyssa Jaffee; Partner, 7wire Ventures, Chicago, IL, USA

Vineeta Agarwala, MD, PhD; General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz, San Francisco, CA, USA

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Tuesday, January 25

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST) - Episode 4
"The New Science of Cause and Effect: Causal Revolution Applied

Host- William H. Crown PhD - Distinguished research scientist at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA


Judea Pearl, PhD - Professor of computer science and director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory, Samueli School of Engineering, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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* Check back regularly as we continue to add speakers and build additional episodes

Previous Signal Episodes:

Tuesday, April 27

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (EDT) - Episode 1
“Next Gen Innovation: ‘How To’ From the US Department of Veterans Affairs”

Welcome – Nancy S. Berg is chief executive officer (CEO) and executive director of the ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Host – Scott D. Ramsey, MD, PhD, Director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR) and past president of ISPOR

Ryan J. Vega, MD, MSHA, Chief Officer, Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), USA

The Honorable Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, Chief Healthcare Transformation Officer and senior executive vice president at Atlas Research

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Friday, June 25

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT) - Episode 2

“From Price Determining Value to Value Determining Price: It’s About Strategy at a System Level”

Welcome – Nancy S. Berg; chief executive officer and executive director, ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

John G. Singer; executive director, Blue Spoon Consulting, USA

Alexander Billioux, MD, DPhil; vice president, Social Determinants of Health, United Healthcare, USA 

Michele Markus, Head of Global Health Accounts; Worldwide Enterprise Lead, Omnicom Group, USA 

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Thursday, July 15

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM (EDT) - Episode 3
“National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), UK: Transformation in Action"

Host – Jens Grueger, PhD; director and partner at Boston Consulting Group, Zurich, Switzerland

Gillian Leng, CBE; chief executive officer at NICE - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, London, England UK

Meindert Boysen, PharmD, MSc; deputy chief executive and director of Center for Health Technology Evaluation, NICE - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, London, England, UK

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