Four Areas Key to Sustaining Innovation

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Avalere convened a meeting of healthcare leaders who outlined four critical areas to sustain innovation: infrastructure, evidence evaluation, evidence communication, and coverage and payment.
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The working group, representing patients, manufacturers, providers, payers and the research community, defined an ideal vision for healthcare and identified four areas to sustain innovation: 1) a data infrastructure to support continuous learning on a real-time basis; 2) frameworks for evaluating evidence that reflect consensus on what constitutes high-quality evidence, providing greater transparency for researchers; 3) evidence communication that ensures decision-makers who judge the value of medical advancements receive timely, accurate information; and 4) coverage and payment responsive to the evolving evidence base for standards of care.

The working group also identified actionable solutions within each of these areas:

Data Infrastructure

    • Invest in standardized data


    • Create a reciprocal data access network


    Develop unique patient identifiers

Frameworks for Evaluating Evidence

    • Enable new platforms for multi-stakeholder discussions


    • Create tools for evaluating evidence


    Integrate patient perspectives in the research process

Evidence Communication

    • Develop and disseminate best practices in evidence communication


    • Establish guidelines for incorporating new information


    • Involve patients in translation and dissemination


    • Advance methods for communicating uncertainty about benefits and risks


    Develop a safe harbor for multi-stakeholder scientific discussions

Coverage and Payment

    • Enhance pathways for innovation in novel provider payments


    Ensure transparency of incentives in clinical pathways
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