As the U.S. moves towards a value-based healthcare system, the data inputs and evidence base used to drive this shift must reflect the diversity of patients and represent the different values that patients hold for their health and healthcare. Historically, many patient communities are underrepresented in research and have been left out of the development of measures and methods for value assessment.
IVI is engaging advisors and stakeholders to explore formative questions:
- How do we ensure that the data and methods used for value assessment adequately account for the diversity of patients?
- How can value assessment meet the urgent need to reduce health inequities in our society?
Without explicit attention to these issues, value assessments and health technology assessments run the risk of continuing or exacerbating inequity.
Through this initiative, IVI seeks to embed health equity throughout our research projects, educational offerings, and patient and stakeholder engagement activities to catalyze action in the development of methods in value assessment that promote equity in health access and outcomes.