The ISPOR Latin American Conference was held in Bogotá, Colombia, between September 12th and 14th, 2019. This biannual meeting is the largest event in the health sector in Latin America! Over 1,100 attendees from nearly 34 countries met to discuss how to improve the decision-making process for increasing access to new healthcare technologies and how to establish sustainable healthcare systems in the region. Leading assistants included officials from Ministries of Health, healthcare technology assessment agencies, payers and public/private providers, scholars, industry representatives and different patient associations.
The conference featured more than 450 research “posters”, 10 panel discussions, 8 workshops, 3 “Spotlight” sessions, 2 forums and 2 plenaries.
FIFARMA had an outstanding participation at ISPOR, winning the prize for the best podium presentation with “Proposed solutions to achieving healthcare sustainability in Latin America” developed by FIFARMA with CBPartners and presented by Diego Guarin, Co-Chair of the FIFARMA Value and Access to Innovation Working Group. To know the solutions proposed by FIFARMA find the complete document in the following link. http://bit.ly/SostenibilidadSalud
Additionally, FIFARMA sponsored an educational symposium on Managed Entry Agreements (MEAs) moderated by FIFARMA’s executive director Rafael Andrés Díaz-Granados, with the following panelists: Héctor Castro (MSH), Lou Garrison (University of Washington) and Jens Grueger (ISPOR elected President and former Roche Global Access Vice-President). Héctor discussed the results of the MSH report on MEAs in middle-income countries financed by the World Bank. Lou presented an academic perspective and Jens the industry perspective, including examples of Managed Entry Agreements implemented in the region. The symposium was attended by more than 200 participants.
Finally, Diego Guarin, participated as panelist in forum: “Moving Towards a Value Based Healthcare – Focusing on Value versus Volume”, on behalf of ISPOR Industry Committee and FIFARMA.
We are grateful to ISPOR Latin America 2019 for generating discussion spaces to improve health in the region, always having the patient’s well-being as the main focus.