Weekly News Roundup

**Program News**

CHMI was featured this week in a blog post on Fast Company’s [Co.Exist blog](http://www.fastcoexist.com/) titled [Creating a Moneyball Approach to Impact Investing](http://www.fastcoexist.com/1679760/creating-a-moneyball-approach-to-impa...). The post discusses the role that CHMI and information resources can play in the impact investment process and asks whether the sector is prepared to “admit 50% or more of their portfolios are likely to fail” (a high percentage that is also realistic, given the high-risk nature of investing in young ventures).

This week, CHMI published two papers on eHealth. The first publication, in the [May 1st issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization](http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/90/5/11-099820/en/index.html), demonstrated that information technology is being increasingly employed to solve some of the world’s biggest health systems challenges. The study, “E-health in low- and middle- income countries: findings from the Center for Health Market Innovations,” is the most comprehensive survey to date in peer reviewed literature of programs using e-health to improve the quality, accessibility, and affordability of privately delivered health care for the poor in developing countries. Read the study online [here](http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/90/5/11-099820/en/index.html). Huffington Post blogger Kate Otto covered the report and her own insights [here](http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kate-otto/world-health-organization_1_b_14...).

Also on May 1st, the [Journal of Health Communications](http://www.gwu.edu/~cih/journal/) published a paper by R4D Experts Julian Schweitzer and Christina Synowiec that outlines some of the key economic and financial questions that need to be answered in developing in-country eHealth investments. Thought there is plenty of case-specific evaluations of existing technologies, there is insufficient research or data to reach generalizable conclusions for investment decisions, the authors argue. Read the article online [here](http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10810730.2011.649158) (purchase required).

Congratulations to CHMI-profiled program [Saude Crianca Association](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/sa%C3%BAde-crian%C3%A7a), one of Brazil’s most robust health initiatives that addresses pediatric and family care, on being selected as one of three winners in the [Innovations for Health: Solutions that Cross Borders competition](http://www.changemakers.com/innovations4health)! Read more about Saude Crianca and the competition [here](http://www.changemakers.com/blog/sa%C3%BAde-crian%C3%A7a-winning-innovat...).

**General News**

Recently there has been a lot of buzz about impact investing. A new study by [Monitor Group](http://www.monitor.com/) and [Acumen Fund](http://www.acumenfund.org/ten/) assesses the role of philanthropy in impact investing. The report, [From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing](http://www.acumenfund.org/knowledge-center.html?document=324), asserts that though impact capital has a lot of potential to affect social change, it requires more philanthropy and new ways to deliver that philanthropic support in order to be effective.

Also related to impact investing is a two-part series in the Stanford Social Innovation review titled [The Trouble with Impact Investing](http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/the_trouble_with_impact_investing_pa...), which looks at the goals that impact investing seeks to achieve and where the space is in terms of reaching those goals. Read [part one of the series here](http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/the_trouble_with_impact_investing_pa...) and [part two here](http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/the_trouble_with_impact_investing_pa...).