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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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Friday, February 27, 2015

NextBillion’s (First) Market Dynamics E-book: A compilation of posts from the first year of our initiative

By NextBillion Editor

The market – the same supply and demand interplay that has helped create order and prosperity in the developed world – is failing to serve health care in the developing world. That’s why “market dynamics” has become a term du jour in global health, and why NextBillion Health Care in spring 2014 launched an initiative aimed to exploring the concept. Now we’ve added an e-book.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Don't Cover Everything: Why targeted health microinsurance can work better than full coverage

By Barbara Magnoni

EA Consultants' efforts to understand both the business case and client value of microinsurance led to some interesting findings. For instance, catastrophic health insurance represented much greater value than primary or outpatient care for clients, but its behavioral effects skewed against good health outcomes. Barbara Magnoni discusses these findings, and offers some solutions.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Disease-fighting Data: In Sierra Leone, tracking Ebola's economic impact

By Laura Burke

Bad information has been problematic during the Ebola outbreak. As a result, IPA has been collecting data on the economic impacts of the crisis and is working on piloting and evaluating an electronic contact-tracing system that could substantially improve efficiency and reduce Ebola transmission rates.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Primary Care Innovator's Handbook: Leaders in the field share primary care knowledge, ideas

By Trevor Lewis

The Center for Health Market Innovations has released The Primary Care Innovator’s Handbook: Voices from Leaders in the Field, an attempt to share knowledge between innovators in an open and informal way, and to encourage more conversations among the community of innovators working to improve primary care.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Twitter Top Ten - 2/15/15

By NextBillion Editor

We've got plenty of tweets in this "Valentine's Day Weekend" edition of our Twitter Top Ten. And we've even thrown in a holiday-themed tweet just for the occasion - a great example of behavioral science humor (yes, there is such a thing). Beyond that, we've got tweets covering everything from the ongoing debate over microcredit to the (hopeful) winding down of an epidemic in this week's list.


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