IVI Launches 2-Year Health Equity Initiative

SAP Partners | <b>Innovation Value Initiative</b>

The Innovation and Value Initiative (IVI) announced the launch of its Health Equity Initiative, a 2-year initiative that aims to define gaps in value assessment methodology and develop best practices that support health equity.

Alexandria, Virginia — The Innovation and Value Initiative (IVI) announced the launch of its Health Equity Initiative, a 2-year initiative that aims to define gaps in value assessment methodology and develop best practices that support health equity.

The IVI Health Equity Initiative’s goals include:

  1. Advancing our understanding of why health equity considerations in value assessment are important
  2. Identifying gaps in data collection and methods practices and implications related to health equity
  3. Developing “best practice” protocols that inform the practice of value assessment and health technology assessment (HTA) to mitigate these gaps
  4. Achieving multi-stakeholder consensus about areas for further research, scientific practice change, and policy development

“Through this work, IVI has found that without a consistent and intentional focus on equity, we are blind to key differences among patients. Also, current assessments run the risk of reinforcing or even exacerbating inequities that already exist in the US health care system,” noted Rick Chapman, PhD, chief science officer, IVI.

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