Global Lessons In Frugal Innovation To Improve Health Care Delivery In The United States
Author: Yasser Bhatti, Andrea Taylor, Matthew Harris, Hester Wadge, Erin Escobar, Matt Prime, Hannah Patel, Alexander W. Carter, Greg Parston, Ara W. Darzi, Krishna Udayakumar
In a 2015 global study of low-cost or frugal innovations, we identified five leading innovations that scaled successfully in their original contexts and that may provide insights for scaling such innovations in the United States. We describe common themes among these diverse innovations, critical factors for their translation to the United States to improve the efficiency and quality of health care, and lessons for the implementation and scaling of other innovations. We highlight promising trends in the United States that support adapting these innovations, including growing interest in moving care out of health care facilities and into community and home settings; the growth of alternative payment models and incentives to experiment with new approaches to population health and care delivery; and the increasing use of diverse health professionals, such as community health workers and advanced practice providers. Our findings should inspire policy makers and health care professionals and inform them about the potential for globally sourced frugal innovations to benefit US health care.