Novartis, IAPO, IFPA, CCPh, AIM hold regional summit


    OVER 50 patient leaders and patient advocates from several countries in the region gathered at St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City for the 1st Asia Patient Innovation Summit (APIS). Themed “Transforming Healthcare to Make People Well and Keep Them Well”, the regional summit aims to actively seek out and listen to insights from the patient community in order to inform decision-making for the mutual benefit of patients and healthcare systems. The 1st APIS is co-organized by Novartis, St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC), International Alliance of Patient Organizations (IAPO), International Federation of Psoriasis Association (IFPA), Cancer Coalition Philippines (CCPh) and Asian Institute of Management (AIM).

    “The agenda of this important summit was co-developed by patient leaders across the region who share a common vision of creating people-centered healthcare systems and empowering patient communities to take charge of their own health rather than being passive recipients of health services,” said IAPO Board Member Ms. Karen Alparce Villanueva.

    IFPA Treasurer and 1st APIS Organizing Committee Chair Mr. Josef de Guzman underscored the challenges faced bypeople with psoriasis who struggle to get a correct diagnosis or adequate treatment, have limited access to care or face persistent stigma and discrimination. “The 1st APIS is a major step towards strengthening collaboration among patient communities and consolidating our insights to address gaps and hurdles in the patient’s journey through the healthcare system.”

    “We need to work together in empowering patient communities, inspiring breakthroughs, and catalyzing the adoption of innovations and good practice models for safe, quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare. Only through a patient-centric health system can we achieve better health outcomes and brighter futures for all,” said CCPh President Mr. Paul Perez.

    “St. Luke’s Medical Center highly values patient-centered care. Through outstanding clinical outcomes and great patient experience, the needs of our patients come first. We are proud to host the 1st APIS. Through this summit, we are able to exchange ideas, solutions and best practices to further strengthen our patient-centered programs and to better address the needs of patients,” said Dr. Arturo S. De La Peña, President and CEO, St. Luke’s Medical Center.

    One of the key principles of the Novartis Commitment to Patients and Caregivers is “respecting and understanding the patient community perspective,” according to Novartis Asia Cluster Patient Advocacy Head Ms. Christine Fajardo. “The 1st APIS is gathering the leaders in patient advocacy and empowerment in order to generate innovative ideas, including digital technology, on how to improve patient outcomes and how to ensure the patient voice is an integral part of the healthcare system. Working with the patient community and other stakeholders, Novartis aims to transform healthcare in Asia by leveraging data, digital and exponential technologies to address the most pressing health challenges in the region.”