As the U.S. healthcare system grapples with value-based payment models, it is becoming increasingly important for hospitals to have a transparent, evidence-based value analysis process that manages costs while improving quality and outcomes.

In an effort to educate value analysis professionals about new approaches to assessing technology, ECRI Institute is launching a roadshow series, Value Analysis: Best Practices for Navigating the Evidence Maze, to be held at locations throughout the United States.

The first event takes place September 27, at ECRI Institute’s headquarters and medical device testing laboratories in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. Another event will be offered on November 2 at Cambridge Health Alliance’s facility in Malden, Mass. Other dates will be announced soon.

“Our members have been asking us to help them set up effective, evidence-based processes for evaluating health technologies and interventions. These free seminars will show value analysis professionals how to structure a program that puts patients at the center and engages physicians while making decisions based on the best available evidence,” says Elke Nelson-Nichols, PhD, assistant director, strategic initiatives, Health Technology Assessment Information Service and ECRIgene, ECRI Institute.

The three-hour program features educational presentations by ECRI Institute’s  health technology experts and invited panelists from hospital value analysis committees. The agenda focuses on how to use patients, intervention, comparators, outcomes, timeframe for follow-up setting (PICOTS), an analytic framework that provides context for product requests.