Background. Avalon Health Economics LLC (“AHE”) was formed by a group of experienced academic and industry health economists and associates, bringing together several existing consulting practices. The company’s origins were in the Health Economics Consulting Group LLC, which started in 2004 and merged with Oxford Outcomes in 2009. We provide high-quality, high-value real-world health economics consulting and research services relying on unparalleled industry knowledge and experience, accurate and defensible research, and attentive project management. Our focus is in four areas: (1) health economics and outcomes research (HEOR); (2) business analytics; (3) litigation support; and (4) policy analysis. The common thread across these four practice areas is a firm grounding in the theoretical basis and methodological tools of health economics and outcomes research, and the ability to apply those theories and methodological tools to related areas of health economics.
Our researchers and consultants have decades of experience working collaboratively across a wide spectrum of health care research and consulting activities. AHE’s core capabilities are in four healthcare-focused areas:
- Health Economics & Outcomes Research (HEOR)
- Business Analytics & Management Consulting
- Litigation Support
- Policy Analysis
In each of these areas AHE has the ability to quickly assemble expert teams tailored to the needs of the client. Projects can typically be started within two weeks from initial contact.
AHE maintains a core team of research staff skilled in health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), business analytics and management consulting, healthcare litigation support, and healthcare policy. The core team ranges from very experienced senior researchers to support staff able to conduct research and data analysis across a wide range of projects. AHE’s core team includes a talented group of Project Managers and Associates responsible for maintaining continuous forward progress on projects and organizing and facilitating clear communication with clients and collaborators.
In addition to its core team, AHE maintains an extensive network of senior consultants who are assigned to specific projects as necessary. Consultants provide input on project design, serve as key experts and opinion leaders, lead project teams, and review project deliverables. This network of experienced and knowledgeable research partners greatly expands our scope and capabilities while providing the client with a seamless single point of contact. Consultants bring a wide range of skills, including the full range of health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) capabilities (systematic literature reviews, conceptual models, cost effectiveness analysis, budget impact analysis, payer research, dossiers, peer-reviewed publications, etc.) and core health services research skills (statistical analysis, regression modelling, survey research, simulation models, etc.).
AHE’s clients include pharmaceutical companies, medical device makers, diagnostics companies, biotech companies, health insurers and payers, health care providers (e.g., physicians, hospitals, surgery centers, etc.), investors (e.g., venture capital), law firms, trade associations, public relations firms, and federal, state, and local governments. In addition, AHE has served as a sub-consultancy on specific initiatives and as a longer-term partner providing a virtual “research services” department to health care organizations.
Project Management & Execution
As in many areas of consulting, health economics consulting is a human-capital intensive endeavor. That is why we have assembled a highly accomplished panel of Senior Consultants to help work with clients in crafting tailored and effective solutions to their health economics problems and challenges. The main goal on all of our projects is of course to deliver the highest quality product to our clients. However, an often overlooked success factor in health economics consulting is the crucial role of project management and execution.
For all projects, our approach to project management is centered on four core elements: (1) all projects at the onset are assigned a Project Manager and a Project Director, and continuity from project start to finish is assured; (2) all projects are tracked according to the specific timeline and deliverable schedule mutually agreed upon between AHE and the client during the project kick-off meeting; (3) all communication with the client is followed with a brief e-mail report summarizing the main action items and decisions; and (4) at regular staff meetings, the office lead assures that forward and effective progress is being made on all projects.
Too often, consultant reports are retired to bookshelves and gather dust. As professionals, we take pride in our work and want to deliver to our clients products and services that have a clear and quantifiable impact, create meaningful change, and have long-lasting influence. To that end, we are open to creating project deliverables that maximize value to the client. In some cases that will be a traditional project report, but it may also include a PowerPoint slide deck, an “Issue Brief,” an interactive website, a searchable database, a user-friendly graphical interface for use by marketing teams, a public relations campaign, a conference poster, or a publication in a trade journal or a peer-reviewed journal. We have experience delivering all of these products, and will work closely with our clients in determining the set of consulting products that best meet their needs.
AHE’s main office is located in Morristown, NJ, approximately an hour west of downtown New York City. However, our network of consultants gives us additional geographic capabilities across the U.S. AHE also collaborates with a number of ex U.S. consultants, located primarily in Europe and Asia.
AHE is ready and able to undertake a wide variety of projects, from a one or two hour consultation with one of our Consultants to longer-term projects involving several moving parts, such as in-depth research, data analysis, and communication and dissemination. The key to project success is to gain a clear understanding of what our clients need to assure a high probability of project success.