Cost savings

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Translational Science Benefits

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Economic benefits (Financial savings & benefits)


Reduced financial costs of services or goods to providers or consumers. Examples of healthcare cost savings include generic drugs, at-home testing kits, or advances in surgery techniques or equipment that allow procedures to be done at outpatient facilities.


Cost savings for patients, medical professionals and scientists from scientific research constitute direct benefits that are measurable through comparing costs of newly developed and established drugs, procedures, and other interventions. For example, less expensive but equally effective drugs developed through translational science lower purchase costs for patients and decrease disparities in access to care.


Advice from authors on searching for information:

Consult the website of pertinent organizations for analyses related to changes in costs for treatment or prevention of a disease, disorder, or condition. Also, look to specific health care institutions for reports of incorporating effective cost savings strategies into policies and practices.

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Cost savings is a broad topic. In general, savings is an additive benefit from progress in clinical and translational science, such as the other indicators featured here. Cost savings could be cited in reports of new drugs, procedures, and programs.


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Case Studies

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Improving Childhood Cancer Outcomes in Latin America

By ICTS and St. Jude Global

Proyecto EVAT: A multicenter implementation of pediatric early warning scores (PEWS) in resource-limited settings

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis developed a saliva-based test for COVID-19. Collecting samples is fast, easy, and less invasive than other COVID-19 diagnostic tests. Photo Credit: Matt Miller

Expanding SARS-CoV-2 Testing with a Saliva-Based Test


A rapid, simple, and economical diagnostic test for COVID-19