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What can we learn by looking at enterprises that seek to address health delivery challenges?
MIT students share their observations of front-line organizations

Modern medicine could reduce disease greatly, yet fails to reach millions in Africa and elsewhere. Innovations in technology, process, and finance may help address the delivery challenges. At MIT Sloan’s Business Models for Scale and Sustainability in Global Health class, we analyze business models and performance of organizations that aim to provide healthcare to the poor amid challenging constraints to understand what may differentiate successful enterprises from those that fall short.

In our first offering of the class in late 2010, we explored novel solutions and new business models for delivering health care in resource limited settings, pairing case studies of what works with an exploration of bottlenecks in care delivery. The class aim was to examine what we learn from applying a business and management lens to what global health experts call the implementation gap.

With this aim in mind, we asked student teams to choose and analyze an organization that [click to continue…]

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business models in global health: LivingGoods

May 10, 2011

Health-business-in-a-bag Student observations on LivingGoods’ model and future strategies by Vishal Gupta, Jenny Hu, Kevin Kung, and Awilda Mendez In late 2010, a small team of MIT students took a look at the organization from the outside and, as a course assignment, prepared an executive summary aimed at its board of directors. This article presents more »

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Notes from the field: A first-hand account of rural healthcare in India

April 23, 2011

Dateline: March 16, 2011 Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh By: A team of MIT graduate students in ghdLAB The MIT CRHM team arrived in safely Hyderabad on Sunday March 12, 2011 at 4AM and were swiftly greeted and whisked away to our hotel and spent the day recovering from jet-lag and the end of the semester. more »

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ghdLAB and our work in global health delivery

March 15, 2011

Mind, hand, management and health care How global health delivery connects to MIT Sloan’s mission Modern medicine could reduce disease greatly, yet fails to reach millions. Innovations in management may help address the constraints. We focus on organizations on the front lines of care delivery, studying the issues, interacting with experts, and connecting students with more »

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technology: the glamorous and the grinding

December 4, 2010

Can we make process, management, and systems a bit less dreary and a bit more glam? So, we’re at MIT, where technology is in the air, and I have my own personal obsessions with technology–witness my (often flawed) forays into twitter, delicious, and too many mobile phones, along with plenty of other tech tools. Working more »

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VisionSpring, vision entrepreneurs

November 12, 2010

Several years ago, thanks to an innovative class pioneered by my MIT Sloan colleague Simon Johnson, MIT students had a chance to partner with finalists in the World Bank Development Marketplace business plan competition. Student teams worked directly with promising entrepreneurs, mostly from the developing world, to address a development challenge posed by the World more »

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country briefing: India – health

September 1, 2010

Compiled by Michael Chang, Yechiel Engelhard, Lisa Frist and Gabrielle Tiven (CARE Rural Health Mission) Overview 1.      Health Indicators & Disease Prevalence 2.      Healthcare System 3.      Health Inequality 4.      Impact of public health & the health system on enterprises’ roles in delivering health care Given social and economic inequality in India, it is not surprising more »

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country briefing: India – economy

September 1, 2010

India Country Briefing Section I: Economy and Business Climate I.                   Demography & Geography India is the world’s second most populous country with an estimated population of 1.2 billion. Within the last fifty years, the population has increased due to advancement in medicine and agricultural productivity due to India’s Green Revolution. From 1991 to 2001, India’s more »

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