Economist Intelligence Unit report highlights areas for innovation to improve health results in Asia

Hot off the press: An [Economist Intelligence Unit](http://businessresearch.eiu.com/) report on the "innovation imperative" in Asia.

Key findings--generated in interviews with marketplace experts including [Gina Lagomarsino](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/users/gina-lagomarsino)--include best practices for governments seeking to learn from pioneers across Asia. Below, an extract from the report's summary. You can download the [full report](http://businessresearch.eiu.com/healthcare-asia-innovation-imperative.html) here.

Like R4D's [report on public stewardship](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/resources) of mixed health systems, the Economist report highlights various ways the various <strong>marketplace actors</strong>--private sector, government, not-for-profit--work in concert to yield results.

The report urges governments to broaden insurance converage, suggesting they look at micro insurance schemes that can reduce out-of-pocket payments.

Authors point out that [innovation in health delivery](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/programs/browse?sl=environment-chmi_p...) can improve coverage in rural areas, highlighting various examples: Telemedicine, branded franchises of clinics, and training improvements, all "horizontal models" of health delivery. See [World Health Partners](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/world-health-partners-whp)'s profile on page 30 of this report.

They also talk about the <strong>new "vertical methods" that tackle specific diseases</strong> such as TB. Look for [Operation ASHA's](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/operation-asha) profile on page 31 of this report!

The report urges governments can to foster innovation in their health systems. One example is the role of governments in <strong>fighting corruption and promoting transparency</strong>.

Authors highlight need to make healthcare products that are cheap and can withstand tough environments: aka, "[frugal engineering](http://www.nextbillion.net/news/frugal-engineering-and-inclusive-innovat...)," or Gandhian engineering, if you ask the guys at [Tata Motors](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frugal_engineering). Products must be easy to repair locally and be simple to use for health care works with limited skills and training.

Happy reading!