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NextBillion Health Care is a blog and a news resource dedicated to addressing the myriad challenges and solutions in delivering health care to the base of the pyramid. The site, part of the NextBillion network, focuses on the best practices of social enterprises, health practitioners, large health systems, NGOs and multinational players, such as drug companies, supply chain systems and technology developers. It also examines public policy solutions for improving the health outcomes for low-income people around the world.

Sponsored by NextBillion’s Content Partner, Anavo Global LLC, NextBillion Health Care explores new thinking and action that ultimately improves people’s health, while doing so in a financially sustainable way.

Here are just a few of our main topic areas:

  • Rural health care delivery
  • Urban challenges
  • Innovative business models that improve access, affordability and sustainability.
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Supply chain management and efficiency
  • Improvements in patient care, vaccinations, procedures, and billing
  • Improvements in health care insurance
  • Management practices for social enterprises, e.g. retaining strong talent, attracting investors/financing, overall tips and tactics for managing an enterprise focused on health care
  • Technology: Diagnostic tools that improve health outcomes.

With NextBillion Health Care, our goal is to highlight both market-based approaches as they relate to driving change within large-scale institutions. In other words, it’s not one model versus the other, but how to bring the efficiency of markets and the scale of public systems to affect the most people.

Kyle Poplin serves as editor for the blog. He can be reached via email:

Follow NextBillion Health Care on Twitter @NextBillionHC.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The 'Scrappy Rockstar' of Global Health?: Maternova using Amazon-type platform to help save lives of mothers, infants in developing world

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

Maternova, a women-owned, women-run, for-profit social enterprise, has been described as "an Amazon-type platform, but for global health technologies." Allyson Cote, a co-founder, describes how her company is helping save the lives of mothers and infants in developing countries around the world.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Twitter Top Ten - 10/19/14: The week's top tweets in social enterprise, global health and financial inclusion

By NextBillion Editor

We're introducing a new "pilot feature" on NextBillion: a Sunday post highlighting the top 10 tweets from the preceding week. If you have any tweets you'd like us to consider for this weekly post, tweet them our way. And if you enjoy this feature and want it to continue - you guessed it, please tweet about it.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Verifying a Need: SimPrints wades into 'identification crisis' in health care, seeking global scale

By Daniel Storisteanu

SimPrints has developed a pocket-size fingerprint scanner that instantly links an individual’s fingerprint to his or her health records. The Bluetooth-enabled scanner allows health workers in the field in developing countries to make better decisions by providing immediate and reliable access to critical medical information.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Band-Aids Won't Fix Ebola: Long-term solutions in resource-poor settings will require innovative technologies and strategies

By NextBillion Editor

Ebola can be contained and its mortality rate reduced in functional health systems that provide a basic standard of care, even in emergency conditions. Poor countries currently lack these systems, but they can be developed through innovative technologies and strategies.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Weekly Roundup – 10/4/14: Reputation for cost-effectiveness blasting off in India

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

If low cost doesn’t have to equal low quality, and resource scarcity can serve to focus ideas, there just might come a day when international health care companies will be lining up to invest in India.


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