In the Learning from the Bottom Billion (LBB) project, CDDEP researchers are profiling approximately 15 innovations from the developing world. The innovations include new technologies, financing models, and healthcare delivery systems that successfully achieved impact in the countries where they were pioneered. Through a series of case studies, we are exploring both their success abroad and their potential for success in the US. We are also investigating potential barriers to innovations such as misaligned incentives or regulatory restrictions that hinder implementation of new ideas in the US health system.
In addition to the case studies and summary report, CDDEP coordinated a two-day meeting at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, bringing together innovators from developing countries and Foundation staff to discuss the lessons that can be learned and applied here in the US. Ideas with potential application in the United States will be further considered through ongoing work that springs from this exploratory project.