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Reverse innovation in global health systems: learning from low-income countries

Can "developed" countries learn from the lessons of "developing" countries? How can we move away from the fatuous ideas associated with being labelled a 'developed' or 'developing' country? These are but a few questions that Globalization and Health new thematic series, 'Reverse innovation in global health systems: learning from low-income countries' will address to enhance our understanding in this subject. The series aims to move beyond the narrow constraints of traditional thinking to promote bi-directional learning that challenges and rethinks traditional practice within global health systems. Submissions are being accepted for on-going publication.

  1. Content type: Research

    With an increasing array of innovations and research emerging from low-income countries there is a growing recognition that even high-income countries could learn from these contexts. It is well known that the...

    Authors: Matthew Harris, James Macinko, Geronimo Jimenez and Pricila Mullachery

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2017 13:80

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  2. Content type: Commentary

    While it is clear that hospitals in developing countries need to improve quality of health services and improve patient safety, hospitals in high resource countries need to do the same. Most often the focus on...

    Authors: Lopa Basu, Peter Pronovost, Nancy Edwards Molello, Shamsuzzoha B. Syed and Albert W. Wu

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2017 13:64

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  3. Content type: Research

    International health partnerships (IHPs) are changing, with an increased emphasis on mutual accountability and joint agenda setting for both the high- and the low- or middle-income country (LMIC) partners. The...

    Authors: Kavian Kulasabanathan, Hamdi Issa, Yasser Bhatti, Matthew Prime, Jacqueline del Castillo, Ara Darzi and Matthew Harris

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2017 13:25

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  4. Content type: Methodology

    Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are developing novel approaches to healthcare that may be relevant to high-income countries (HICs). These include products, services, organizational processes, or polic...

    Authors: Onil Bhattacharyya, Diane Wu, Kathryn Mossman, Leigh Hayden, Pavan Gill, Yu-Ling Cheng, Abdallah Daar, Dilip Soman, Christina Synowiec, Andrea Taylor, Joseph Wong, Max von Zedtwitz, Stanley Zlotkin, William Mitchell and Anita McGahan

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2017 13:4

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  5. Content type: Research

    There are significant differences in the meaning and use of the term ‘Reverse Innovation’ between industry circles, where the term originated, and health policy circles where the term has gained traction. It i...

    Authors: Matthew Harris, Emily Weisberger, Diana Silver, Viva Dadwal and James Macinko

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2016 12:36

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  6. Content type: Research

    Country-of-origin of a product can negatively influence its rating, particularly if the product is from a low-income country. It follows that how non-traditional sources of innovation, such as low-income count...

    Authors: Matthew Harris, Emily Weisberger, Diana Silver and James Macinko

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2015 11:45

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  7. Content type: Commentary

    Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the main cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. As prevention and treatment of CVD often requires active screening and lifelong follow up it is a challenge for health sys...

    Authors: Steven van de Vijver, Samuel Oti, Eric Moll van Charante, Steven Allender, Charlie Foster, Joep Lange, Brian Oldenburg, Catherine Kyobutungi and Charles Agyemang

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2015 11:11

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  8. Content type: Debate

    Focus on “social determinants of health” provides a welcome alternative to the bio-medical illness paradigm. However, the tendency to concentrate on the influence of “risk factors” related to living and worki...

    Authors: Jerry M Spiegel, Jaime Breilh and Annalee Yassi

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2015 11:9

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  9. Content type: Research

    Canada, when compared to other OECD countries, ranks poorly with respect to innovation and innovation adoption while struggling with increasing health system costs. As a result of its failure to innovate, the ...

    Authors: Anne W Snowdon, Harpreet Bassi, Andrew D Scarffe and Alexander D Smith

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2015 11:2

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  10. Content type: Research

    The positive impact of global health activities by volunteers from the United States in low-and middle-income countries has been recognized. Most existing global health partnerships evaluate what knowledge, id...

    Authors: Heidi Busse, Ephrem A Aboneh and Girma Tefera

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2014 10:64

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  11. Content type: Commentary

    Person-centered care involves keeping the person at the center of the care planning and decision-making process. While the theory behind person-centered care is commonly shared, its application in healthcare s...

    Authors: Lopa Basu, Ruben Frescas Jr and Humphrey Kiwelu

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2014 10:33

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  12. Content type: Debate

    There is a clear and evident need for mutual learning in global health systems. It is increasingly recognized that innovation needs to be sourced globally and that we need to think in terms of co-development a...

    Authors: Nigel Crisp

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2014 10:14

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  13. Content type: Commentary

    Limited resources in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) drive tremendous innovation in medicine, as well as in other fields. It is not often recognized that several important surgical tools and methods, ...

    Authors: Michael Cotton, Jaymie Ang Henry and Lauren Hasek

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2014 10:1

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  14. Content type: Research

    Health partnerships between institutions in the UK and Low or Lower- middle Income Countries are an increasingly important model of development, yet analysis of partnerships has focused on benefits and costs t...

    Authors: Felicity AE Jones, Daniel PH Knights, Vita FE Sinclair and Paula Baraitser

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2013 9:38

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  15. Content type: Debate

    ‘Reverse innovation,’ a principle well established in the business world, describes the flow of ideas from emerging to more developed economies. There is strong and growing interest in applying this concept to...

    Authors: Jacqueline W DePasse and Patrick T Lee

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2013 9:40

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  16. Content type: Commentary

    The notion of “reverse innovation”--that some insights from low-income countries might offer transferable lessons for wealthier contexts--is increasingly common in the global health and business strategy liter...

    Authors: Agnes Binagwaho, Cameron T Nutt, Vincent Mutabazi, Corine Karema, Sabin Nsanzimana, Michel Gasana, Peter C Drobac, Michael L Rich, Parfait Uwaliraye, Jean Pierre Nyemazi, Michael R Murphy, Claire M Wagner, Andrew Makaka, Hinda Ruton, Gita N Mody, Danielle R Zurovcik…

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2013 9:37

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  17. Content type: Debate

    The body of research and practice regarding student volunteer abroad experiences largely focuses on ensuring the optimal learning experience for the student from the Global North, without equivalent attention ...

    Authors: Brian DO Ouma and Helen Dimaras

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2013 9:32

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  18. Content type: Commentary

    Health policymakers in many countries are looking at ways of increasing health care coverage by scaling up the deployment of community health workers. In this commentary, we describe the rationale for the UK t...

    Authors: Christopher David Johnson, Jane Noyes, Andy Haines, Kathrin Thomas, Chris Stockport, Antonio Neves Ribas and Matthew Harris

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2013 9:25

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