Our October conference in Washington, D.C. united nearly 600 health care leaders from 33 countries, making it our largest US-based event to-date. We welcomed a growing range of attendees in the value-based health care (VBHC) field, from those just getting acquainted with VBHC to experts in the field.
Over 90 passionate speakers and panelists from around the world led in-depth discussions in plenary and smaller break-out sessions on the practical implications of implementing VBHC. Participants shared expertise on topics ranging from promoting cultural change, the actual clinical implementation of measurements, expectations for payment reform, and more.
In accordance with the theme, Global Progress on the Value Agenda, this year's conference demonstrated a palpable shift in focus from VBHC theory to practice and application. This change was applauded by attendees seeking more actionable discussion and real-world examples and learnings.
2017 Conference by the numbers
Breakout sessions at this year's conference were highly valued by attendees, as they provided a more focused forum for discourse on various aspects of outcomes measurement in practice.
The sessions were divided into five different tracks: measurement community, clinical care, payment and policy, research and industry, and technical and operational. Conference attendees heard from panels of 3-5 leaders with related areas of expertise on topics including how to create valuable outcomes and cost data in complex IT landscapes, how to link costs and outcomes for the full value equation, and industry approaches to value-based care.
Conference speakers and panelists hailed from a wide array of impressive backgrounds and offered widely varying perspectives on topics including regulation, research, and policy.
With great excitement, ICHOM announced the first GLobal healthcare Outcomes BEnchmarking platform, GLOBE, developed in collaboration with ICON plc. This pilot represents a true step towards driving real change in health care. As a platform that will aggregate de-identified patient data from around the world and provide decision support tools and insights to participating health care organizations, GLOBE will catalyze physician-driven learning and facilitate the improvement of patient outcomes.