Analysis Group Co-hosts Beijing Forum on Medical Big Data and Health Technology Assessment Research

May 10, 2018

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Managing Principal Eric Qiong Wu

In association with Tsinghua University and Fudan University, Analysis Group held the “Medical Big Data and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Forum” in Beijing on April 14, 2018. The Forum brought together more than 100 government officials, academics, and industry representatives from all over the world to discuss topics related to medical big data, health economics, and HTA research. Speakers included leading academics from some of the foremost universities and medical institutions in China, the US, and the UK, as well as senior officials from government organizations. The conference was organized jointly by the Medical Big Data Center (an entity formed by Tsinghua University's Center for Statistical Science and Analysis Group) and Fudan University's Health Technology Assessment Center.

The Forum was chaired by Associate Professor Ke Deng, Deputy Director of the Center for Statistical Science at Tsinghua University. Professor Xihong Lin, Head of Harvard University's Department of Biostatistics and Co-director of the Center of Statistical Science at Tsinghua University, delivered opening remarks. An academic presentation session focused on the current status, prospects, and international cooperation related to HTAs in China. Among the speakers were Xianjun Xiong, Secretary of the Social Insurance Management Center for China's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security; Gordon Liu, Director of the China Center for Health Economics Research at the Peking University National School of Development, and an affiliate of Analysis Group; Analysis Group Managing Principal Eric Qiong Wu; and Dr. Praveen Thokala, Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. Discussion topics included the reform of the medical insurance access system in China; techniques for identifying optimal target population; the current status of HTAs in China; and HTA collaboration between China and Britain.

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Director of China Simeng Han

In a session focused on the technological frontier of medical big data research, presenters discussed the prospect of combining electronic medical records with genomic data, the application of big data technology in medical practice, and innovation in personal medical data sharing, among other topics. Speakers during this session included Analysis Group Director of China Simeng Han; Wing Hung Wong, Professor in Science and Human Health, Professor of Statistics, and Professor of Biomedical Data Science at Stanford University; Shan Wang, Professor of Surgery, Peking University People's Hospital; and Hui Xiao, Chief Application Officer of CEC DATA Systems. The Forum also featured a roundtable discussion about the challenges of incorporating health economics research results into medical insurance reimbursement, improving research quality, and strengthening the cooperation between China and the US with respect to HTAs. Professor Yingyao Chen, Vice Dean of Fudan University's School of Public Health and Director of the Key Laboratory of Health Technology Assessment for the National Health Commission, offered closing remarks.



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