Innovating for healthcare in Asia

Healthcare innovation in Asia

Here is a great white paper by the Economist Intelligence Unit that highlights the needs, challenges, best practices and opportunities to innovate in the healthcare industry in Asia. With perspectives from various actors, medical, paramedical and investor point of view, it is a must read for all those involved in healthcare in Asia.

For a more comfortable reading, it is quite suggested to open the report in full screen!

View / download the report as a .pdf document.

Summary

Preface – page 3

Executive summary – page 4

  • Organisational innovation can yield substantial benefits.
  • Innovation in healthcare funding, particularly to broaden insurance coverage, is of most importance for poor countries.
  • “Frugal engineering” can give poor countries access to the latest technology.
  • Delivery innovation is needed to improve coverage in rural areas.
  • Governments can do much to foster innovation in their health systems.

1. Introduction – page 7

2. Innovation: From buzzword to best practice – page 10

  • Need is the seed – page 11
  • Drug resistant – page 12
  • Dial “D” for data – page 13

3. Innovative combinations: Public, private and non-profit – page 14

  • Public vs private – page 15
  • NGOs as venture capitalists – page 17
  • Powerful partnerships – page 17
  • In BRAC we trust – page 17
  • A record achievement – page 18

4. Getting to the bottom: New thinking in healthcare financing – page 19

  • Premium problems – page 21
  • Fixing broken hearts – page 21

5. Back to basics: Innovation in medical technology – page 22

  • Sounding a frugal call – page 23
  • Turning old into new – page 24
  • Embracing realities – page 25
  • An excrement idea – page 26

6. Doctor dilemmas: Innovative ways of delivering healthcare – page 27

  • Vertical and horizontal – page 29
  • The Sky’s the limit – page 29
  • Joining the DOTS – page 30

7. Incubating innovation: Conclusions for government – page 31

  • The wider ecosystem – page 33
  • Healthy and wealthy – page 33

Report published in 2011 by the Economist Intelligence Unit

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