Digital Medicine, Genetic Information, and Health Technology Assessment: Perspectives from Japan, Ko

February 08, 2022 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Speaker: Sachiko Masuda, 2021-2022 Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center Visiting Scholar, Stanford University.
Jeonghoon Ahn, Professor, Ewha Womans University, and adjunct fellow, National Evidence-based healthcare Collaborating Agency, Seoul, Korea.
Dean Ho, Provost's Chair Professor, Director, The N.1 Institute for Health (N.1) and The Institute for Digital Medicine (WisDM), Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore

Few aspects of society are being transformed by technology more than health and medical care, with health systems challenged to finance and deliver affordable access to a burgeoning array of technologies enabling longer, healthier lives. Three speakers will address different and complementary aspects of how several Asian health systems create, evaluate, and regulate transformative technologies. Dr. Masuda's research probes policies governing domestic and cross-border control and sharing of genetic information for medical innovation. Dr. Ahn will discuss health technology assessment (HTA) for pricing and reimbursement decisions in South Korea, where there is a young yet established HTA program, compared to Japan, where a 3-year HTA pilot program has just concluded, and China, where HTA efforts are underway but have not been formally implemented. Finally, Dr. Ho will discuss the emergence of digital medicine enabling N-of-1 regimen design for patients. Truly individualizing patient treatment requires addressing a series of challenges, from dynamic patient response to treatment regimens, to accounting for drug synergies in combination therapies which can be dose-dependent, time-dependent, and patient-specific, such as in oncology. Dr. Ho will summarize several clinical studies aiming to increase accessibility to personalized, precision medicine while reducing healthcare costs. 

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