At the heart of Innovations in Healthcare is our network of nearly one-hundred innovators from around the world working to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare. Every year, we identify and recruit entrepreneurs who have promising models of healthcare across the globe. Through a highly competitive process, we then select the best organizations to join our network of innovators. We help connect these innovators with opportunities, information, and contacts they need to scale up their work.
For innovators in our network, we offer programming to support their development and growth, including business support, networking and learning opportunities, and access to financing. This includes one-on-one mentorship with an experienced engagement manager as well as access to our extensive network of partners and supporters to help scale and adapt in new settings. We also provide a peer network and community of practice to share lessons learned, expand network connections and develop new insights.
Every year, we select a handful of promising health innovators to join our network. At IiH, we define health innovation broadly. The innovators in our network come from all geographies and have offerings across the spectrum of health care delivery, including in workforce development, new models of care, new models of health finaning, as well as new technologies for diagnosis or data management. Occasionally, we seek innovators focused on specific health areas to participate in our Learning and Actions networks (LANs). We currently are recruiting for our LANs in Digital Health and Mental Health (see bottom of page).
Successful applicants should have the following characteristics:
- Targeted and Effective Solution The innovation should address a health need in a target population and provide a significant improvement in health outcomes, cost, quality, and/or access to the organization's health services and products.
- Organizational Maturity The organization should have been in operation for three or more years and have a product or service available and in use.
- Validated Impact The organization should have data to validate its innovation in the target market.
- Scalable Business Model The organization should have a clear, financially sustainable business model that supports the organization's desire for scale beyond the organization's current implementation site.
- Financial Sustainability Preference will be given to organizations that have generated annual revenue or grant/donor funding that has met or exceeded its operating costs for the past two years.
Does your organization meet these criteria? Are you interested in joining a community of leading health innovators that are part of a thriving global health network? We’d love to hear from you.
Fill out this expression of interest form. We will set-up a time to chat. Promising organizations will be invited to fill-out an application for membership.
Current Learning and Action Networks
Historically, the role of mental health as an integral and essential component of global health was underappreciated, as efforts focused on infectious diseases, and more recently on non-communicable diseases affecting physical health. Recent studies are making the case for more attention to be paid to this issue. People with severe mental illness die up to 20 years younger, have higher unemployment, and are poorer than the rest of the population. This under-addressed source of morbidity has a cost. Direct and indirect costs of mental ill-health are estimated to amount over 4% of GDP, more than that of cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease combined.
We are seeking organizations with solutions that make a significant improvement to the quality, access or clinical outcomes in the area of mental health. For example, evidence-based innovations aimed at the promotion of mental health or the prevention and treatment of mental, neurological and substance use disorders. IiH is interested in more than innovative products; we seek innovator's solutions that create value through the application of a novel technology, financing approach, or care delivery model.
The implementation of established and emerging digital technologies has enormous potential. The integration of mobile technology, smart sensors, machine learning, among many other new digital tools will enable novel approaches to the way care is delivered. Early disease prediction will lead to behavioral changes that prevent and eliminate system costs. More accurate and timelier identification of diseases will enhance treatment and lower total costs of care. Telemedicine and remote monitoring, coupled with new and lower-cost care settings such as home care will improve patients’ health and ensure use of the most efficient level of care.