Published Jun 20, 2016
To Be Held 3-6 September 2016 in Singapore  Princeton, NJ—June 20, 2016—The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) announced its plenary sessions and speakers for its 7th Asia-Pacific Conference that will be held 3-6 September 2016 in Singapore. The plenary sessions will explore concepts related to the conference theme—Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research in Asia-Pacific: Challenges, Opportunities, and Future Direction. The first plenary session, Health Technology Assessment and Health Policy: Recent Developments Across Asia, is scheduled for Sunday, 4 September 2016 and will provide insight into the current status of health technology assessment (HTA) and related health policy in Asia. Speakers will share their perspectives and experiences, lessons learned, and future trends as HTA becomes increasingly essential to inform evidence-based decisions. Plenary speakers include:
  • Moderator: Syed Aljunid, MD, PhD, Professor, Health Economics and Public Health Medicine and Head, International Centre for Casemix and Clinical Coding, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Speaker:Visanu Thamlikitkul, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine and Head, Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital at Mahidol University, and Former Chair of Subcommittee of National List Essential Medicines, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Speaker:Takashi Fukuda, PhD, Director, Department of Health and Welfare Services, National Institute of Public Health, Saitama, Japan
  • Speaker:Tae-jin Lee, MPH, PhD, Professor, Health Economics, School of Public Health and President, Korea Association of Health Economics and Policy, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Speaker:Kwong Hoe Ng, Head, Evaluation and Appraisal, Agency for Care Effectiveness, Ministry of Health, Singapore
The second plenary, Harnessing the Power of Big Data to Make Better Health Care Decisions in the Asia-Pacific Region, is scheduled for Monday, 5 September 2016 and will explore how big data can deliver value, as well as the current challenges and opportunities for utilizing big data to improve health care decision making in the Asia-Pacific region. Plenary speakers include:
  • Moderator:Louisa Jorm, PhD, Professor and Director, Centre for Big Data Research in Health, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia
  • Speaker:Walter Harris, MBA, PMP, Deputy Commissioner for Operations/Chief Operating Officer, Office of the Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, MD, USA
  • Speaker:Christopher Chute, MD, DrPH, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Informatics, Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, and Chief Health Research Information Officer, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Speaker:Trish Williams, PhD, Professor and Chair of Digital Health Technologies, Finders University, Adelaide, Australia
  • Speaker:Yoke Sin Chong, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Integrated Health Information Systems Pte Ltd, Singapore
The third plenary session, Universal Health Coverage—The Affordable Dream in ASEAN: Experiences and Lessons Learned, will be held Tuesday, 6 September 2016 and will discuss the current situation, challenges, and opportunities of universal health coverage in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Plenary speakers include:
  • Moderator:Ahmad Fuad Afdhal, PhD, Director, Center for Socio-Economic Studies in Pharmacy, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Speaker:Netnapis Suchonwanich, Former Deputy Secretary General, National Health Security Office (NHSO), Bangkok, Thailand
  • Speaker:Syed Aljunid, MD, PhD, Professor, Health Economics and Public Health Medicine and Head, International Centre for Casemix and Clinical Coding, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Speaker:Kun Zhao, MD, PhD, Professor and Director, Division of Health Policy Evaluation and Technology Assessment, China National Health Development Research Center, National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), Beijing, China
  • Speaker:Graham Harrison, PhD, World Health Organization Representative to Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore, World Health Organization (WHO), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
ISPOR is recognized globally as the leading educational and scientific organization for health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) and its us in health care decision making. The ISPOR 7th Asia-Pacific Conference serves members from the HEOR community (including HTA bodies and decision makers, leading researchers and academicians, patients and patient advocates, and other health care stakeholders) who work and/or have interest in health care in the region. Registration for the conference is open with additional information available here.


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