A step on the journey to value based care in cancer
A key pre-requisite to a value based approach to healthcare is the availability of relevant information to inform decision making and determine the value that is being realised.
In cancer care, this has become more complex with the substantial growth in the number of new anti-cancer medicines, often for multiple indications and different combinations, sequences and other variations. These innovations offer significant potential to improve treatment for cancer patients, but they create challenges for clinicians to navigate this complexity. At the same time, ensuring access to these new innovations can also generate challenges of financial sustainability for healthcare systems.
“ Ensuring access to new innovations can also generate challenges of financial sustainability for healthcare systems.”
Sharing real-world insights in oncology
To address these challenges, up-to-date information on the use of anti-cancer drugs in clinical practice is vital. This is the impetus behind the establishment of the Collaboration for Oncology Data in Europe (CODE), led by IQVIA with support from leading biopharmaceutical companies. CODE is supporting the creation of the Oncology Data Network (ODN), which aims to provide timely information back to the healthcare system about anti-cancer medicines use for all patients who are actually being treated, from all treatment centres who choose to join.
The ODN is a network of cancer treatment centres that will share non-identified information on how anti-cancer medicines are used in their clinical practice with the Network. Treatment centres who wish to join the ODN will be provided with the analytical tools to explore how they treat their patients and compare this against multi-centre aggregated information from across the Network. This information could be used to consider ways to help inform patient care and identify variation in their use of anti-cancer medicines across Europe.
Informing decision making and enabling better value care in cancer
The information derived from the ODN can also provide an important contribution to the development of new kinds of flexible payment agreements based on real-world usage of anti-cancer medicines. The information on medication use is intended to support agreements that better align payment to the clinical benefit of these medicines.
The creation of the network is a step towards gaining insights into a value-based approach in the use of innovative anti-cancer medicines, whilst providing healthcare systems across Europe with up-to-date information to help inform patient care.
“ The creation of the network is a step towards gaining insights into a value-based approach.”