#innovatehealth Interview Series: Richard Bartlett on the Gold Standard for Health Innovation

If you had to guess, what country would you say is the world leader in health innovation? According to Richard Bartlett, it’s India — thanks to a flexible regulatory environment, a government that is open to partnerships, and a dramatic need for low-cost health care options.

As he shares in this #innovatehealth interview, Rwanda and Kenya are also at the top of his list:

Barltett is assistant director of the International Partnership for Innovative Heathcare Delivery (IPIHD), one of the youngest organizations in the field. Created in 2011 by the World Economic Forum and based on extensive research conducted by McKinsey, IPIHD seeks to answer the question, “How can successful innovations in healthcare delivery be replicated to increase worldwide access to quality healthcare while simultaneously making care more affordable?”

The organization answers this question by working in four areas, identified by McKinsey as challenges commonly facing innovators:

  • Access to know-how and networks

  • Organizational expertise

  • Regulatory barriers

  • Access to funding and capital

These challenges are especially salient in spreading successful innovations to other countries around the world, as Bartlett explains in the interview above: “When you speak to innovators and entrepreneurs that are trying to take their model from one country to another, being able to create an entire new network in a new country is one of the most challenging things to do.”

Bartlett says IPIHD has found two major common factors in the “success stories” of health care innovation in India and elsewhere: first, the openness and interest of the government to engage with the private sector, and second, the flexibility of the ecosystem innovators are operating within.

We see that in India, Rwanda, and Kenya today. Where we see it tomorrow is up to the world’s innovators—including you.

Visit the IPIHD web site for more info.

About the #innovatehealth Interview Series

Changemakers and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are hosting a competition to identify health care solutions and models that have the potential to be adapted in other parts of the world. As new approaches to health care roll in from across the globe, the team here at Changemakers has been having exciting, deep-dive conversations with those who have dedicated their lives to improving health care systems.

We launched the #innovatehealth Interview  Series to share these conversations with the community. The weekly video series explores reverse innovation in health and health care with leaders in the field, including:

  • Fast Forward Health Film Festival (health innovation and media)

  • The Center for Health Market Innovations (trends in health innovation)

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (what is health innovation?)

Stay tuned for more updates!

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