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22 October 2018

John Gillespie PhD, Principal Analyst/Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Consultant, Health Economics, Health Policy & Reimbursement, Medtronic ANZ

Attended the 13th International Evidence-Based Health Care Symposium for the Central and Eastern European Society of Technology Assessment in Healthcare (CEESTAHC), Krakow, Poland 8-9th October 2018.


Tenure with Medtronic: 8.5 years

What motivates you to work in the ANZ medtech industry?

Enabling patient access to technologies that improve and extend lives.

Why did you attend the Event?

I was invited to speak – Medtronic have a long-standing relationship with CEESTAHC – and we have been building relationships in the global HTA community looking at the interplay between HTA (systematic evaluation of clinical and economic outcomes to inform reimbursement/access decisions) and Value-Based Healthcare.

What were the most memorable moments from the Event?

Finding out I was the second speaker on Day One….when my schedule said Day Two! Great to hear about the diversity of approaches used across the CEE region to improve outcomes for patients. Personally and professionally –  spending time in discussions with global KOLs was priceless – I came back to Sydney with some great ideas to help improve how medical technologies are evaluated.

By this time next year, what matter relating to healthcare would you like to see solved and/or part of public conversation?

We need evaluation and funding frameworks for new technologies not covered under existing mechanisms – e.g. non-implantables. We also need evaluation processes to be shorter and more efficient. Coverage with evidence development would be good too!



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