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Global Health Innovation Priorities

Global health, cost-effectiveness, health technology, health innovation
Project Summary: 

New Technologies and Innovations can substantially improve the health of the poor in low-income areas. Since resources for widespread implementation are limited while the ideas for New Technologies and Innovations are enormous, it is essential to establish priorities for investment in research, development and use. Choice of technologies is frequently based on technical attributes rather than on public health needs and feasibility. An expert group of faculty and researchers from across the UC Berkeley campus have formed HEALTH INNOVATION PRIORITIES to independently, rigorously, and transparently assess priorities based on impact, financial viability, market practicality, ease of use by the client and community, intellectual property and legal issues, and regulatory hurdles. This group includes faculty from UC Berkeley's School of Public Health, Haas School of Business, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER), Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances (IPIRA), Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, and works closely with the not-for-profit Venture Strategies for Health and Development.

Main Findings: 

The Public Health Impact of new health technolgies in developing regions depends upon the efficiency, marketability, efficacy, and client desire and use.

Policy, Practice or Research Impacts: 

Making money work harder to improve health in developing regions.

Contact Person: 
Julia Walsh MD, MSc
Contact Person's Email Address:
School of Public Health UC Berkeley
Principal Investigators: 
Julia Walsh
Venture Strategies for Health and Development, a not-for-profit, and the following UCBerkeley Centers and Schools: Public Health, Haas School of Business, Center for Law & Technology, CITRIS, TIER, IPIRA, Lawrence Berkeley Lab
Location - Countries: 
Africa, Asia