S5-E15.4 – From SLD Think-Tank 2024: Improving Preparedness and the Value of Having Rezdiffra

S5-15.4 - From SLD Think-Tank 2024: Improving Preparedness and the Value of Having Rezdiffra
This conversation focuses largely on system preparedness and ways to improve scanners and other screening devices. One key point: this becomes more feasible now that Rezdiffra has been approved.

This conversation from #SLDThinkTank 2024 focuses largely on ways to improve delivery of screening services to patients. Along the way, participants reflect on the value of having Rezdiffra approved in the US and on its way to approval in other markets.

As the conversation starts, Mike Betel transitions from a broader discussion of prevention to note that there are 94 FibroScan devices for all of Canada. Even these 94 are severely underutilized! Maja Thiele states that having a drug in market will motivate stakeholders throughout the system to screen more aggressively because they feel having an approved drug will enable them to help patients better. Louise Campbell asks whether the vision around utilizing FibroScan better included more creative approaches to site of delivery. This leads the group to discuss what will be necessary to improve utilization of these machines. Specifically, Mike asks who will coach allied health providers and physicians to use NITs (specifically scanners) as a way to open broader conversations on liver health.

Jeff says that the last few minutes of discussion provided a general flavor of what the Open Space session was like. and comments on why this kind of small meeting is the right design for thinking big and brainstorming openly. He notes the mandate to get “better bang for the buck.” Mike says it was extremely helpful to have a large number of younger attendees.

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