How Policy Makers in Emerging Health Systems Can Advance Innovative Care for the Chronically Ill

Discussions of innovation in healthcare often focus on new technologies, big data, and refined population health strategies within the context of mature Western healthcare systems.

Discussions of innovation in healthcare often focus on new technologies, big data, and refined population health strategies within the context of mature Western healthcare systems. But innovation is just as important, with perhaps greater impact, in evolving systems where more foundational opportunities exist to deliver affordable, quality care to the most expensive and challenging patients: those with chronic illnesses. In that context, public policy and regulation can spur innovation

No country has yet to create a perfect healthcare system; all face a myriad of challenges. Providing accessible, high quality, and affordable care is a continual struggle, and given the breadth of cultural and social-economic diversity, there is no singular strategy that can be applied in all settings. And while strategies for meeting the needs of those with chronic illnesses may vary from nation to nation, the growing number of individuals with chronic disease remains a pressing global phenomenon.

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