Pioneering the Right Care
The future of oncology in South Africa will be in the spotlight at the first Icon Oncology Conference since the global Covid pandemic. The theme for the Sixth Icon Conference is “Pioneering the Right Care”, and it convenes in early June 2022. The programme hosts both local and international speakers, and promises to be academically rewarding. According to Dr Ernst Marais, COO of Icon Oncology, the conference will focus on value-based care as a viable alternative to the fee-for-service model. This is in line with Icon Oncology’s founding goal of increasing access to sustainable cancer care.
“The private healthcare sector is under pressure to reform and adopt alternative billing models to not only ensure sustainability, but also to align to government’s plans for universal healthcare coverage. The debate will be rewarding and will highlight our network-developed protocols, innovative contracting with funders, and patient-centric solutions, while sharing our plans to address the increasing administrative burden involved in daily oncology practice”, explains Marais.
Pioneers in value-based cancer care
For more than a decade, Icon Oncology has pioneered the adoption of value-based care. We are the leading provider-driven managed care organisation in South Africa today. Our provider network includes close to 80% of South Africa’s private practice oncologists who are committed to increasing access to quality cancer care across the country.
At the heart of the organisation are evidence-based clinical treatment protocols, which are developed by the network, for the network. These are underpinned by health economic evaluations, with the aim of delivering affordable and sustainable oncology care.
Icon Oncology has partnered with most major medical schemes and manages the largest oncology data warehouse in the region. This is utilised to drive value- and outcomes-based care and innovative contracting with funders. It further has a well-established accreditation programme for national chemotherapy and radiation therapy facilities.
As with previous years, the conference programme will offer parallel streams for the following sectors:
- Clinical Oncology and Radiotherapy
- Business and Administration
- Social Workers
Who should attend the oncology conference?
We invite all oncologists, chemotherapy staff, radiation therapists, medical physicists, radiobiologists, business managers, senior administrative staff, and stakeholders from the funding environment.
Confirmed international academic faculty
The following confirmed international speakers will be touching on the future of oncology in their own ways:
- Professor Geoff Delaney (Southwestern Sydney Clinical School, Sydney, Australia)
- Dr Lalan Wilfong (Texas Oncology, Presbyterian Cancer Center, Dallas, USA, virtual presenter)
- Theme: Pioneering the Right Care
- Dates: 3-5 June 2022
- Venue: Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town, South Africa.