Affordability and Technologies for Health

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The 2012 Summit theme of  “Affordability and Technologies for Health”  focused on the reservoir of innovative ICT applications, diagnostics, vaccines and drugs, mobile phone applications, and original health programs that have the potential to drastically better the quality of care that patients receive throughout the world especially in less developed communities.

The Summit's Health Technology lab highlights first-rate examples of creative and affordable technologies that are designed with their end populations and users in mind. It also explores the challenges surrounding the uptake of innovations, and the pervasive questions of how best to implement, incentivize, and effectively deploy new technologies for health.

In the lead-up to the 2012 Summit, this lab served as a central hub that holistically examined this topic and explored the role that differing sectors—science, industry, policy, academia—have to play in developing and implementing disruptive health technologies.

Key Meetings


Matching Realism with Aspiration Affordable Solutions: Strengthening Disease Prevention and Detection through Appropriate Technologies
Victor Shi, Asia Pacific President of QIAGEN, addresses disease prevention efforts in developing countries and underscores the economic case for utilizing new diagnostic technologies to drastically reduce disease and maximize country resources.
Technologies for Health: Assessing Affordability Technologies for Health: Assessing Affordability
How can policymakers accurately assess the affordability of health technologies? David Heymann (Center on Global Health Security, Chatham House) discusses the key challenges in assessing affordability and sheds light on the potential impact of Asia’s increasing growth in domestic R&D and manufacturing of health technologies on emerging markets.
Matching Realism with Aspiration Matching Realism with Aspiration: Challenges and Successes in the Use of Technology for Global Health
Why is it important to bring practical expectations to any discussion about technology’s potential to aid in global health? In this Technologies for Health Roundtable, three leaders—from academia, and the nonprofit and private sectors—address this question and more.
HIT Case Studies
APEC Health IT Report: Leveraging Advances in Health IT
Observations and recommendations from a 2009 APEC workshop on how health IT can help combat infectious diseases and improve healthcare delivery in the Asia-Pacific.
HIT Case Studies Leveraging Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainable Development in Rural India
Case study that describes the unique evolution of IIT Madras's Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI), including analysis of key implementation lessons.
HIT Case Studies 2007 Health Information Technology (HIT) Case Studies
An updated and expanded library of HIT case studies. Documents range from country case studies of HIT adoption to overviews on key elements of HIT, as well as case studies on notable disease surveillance projects.
HIT Case Studies Focus India HIT Workshop report
A report from the February 2007 "Focus India HIT Workshop" held in Mumbai, India.
HIT Case Studies Information Technology: Advancing Global Health
Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Microsoft Corporation, illustrates how we can use HIT to address major challenges facing global health. May 2006.
HIT Case Studies HIT Briefing Book, 2006
Diverse economy and functional case studies of HIT adoption, as well as overview summaries on key aspects of HIT.
HIT Case Studies From Bullet-Proof Examples to Policy and Practice
A report from the November 2006 HIT Lab workshop in Singapore.
HIT Case Studies Making the Case for HIT
A report from the April 2006 HIT Lab workshop in Tokyo.
HIT Case Studies Pandemic Preparedness and Health Information Technology and Policy
Summit 2006 Breakout Session Report

Online Resources

  • Affordability and Technologies for Health Resources
    An online resource page which provides an archive of information and international resources on issues pertaining to innovative technologies for health, with links to important organizations, reports, financing issues, and exemplary affordable technologies currently operating in the field of global health.

  • Case Studies of Health Information Technology Adoption
    An evolving library of case studies and overview briefs providing specific examples of how IT can play an increasingly significant role in connecting science, technology, and policy for healthier outcomes.

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