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

Hot off the press: An [Economist Intelligence Unit]( report on the "innovation imperative" in Asia.

Key findings--generated in interviews with marketplace experts including [Gina Lagomarsino]( 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]( here.

Like R4D's [report on public stewardship]( 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]( 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]('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]( 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](," or Gandhian engineering, if you ask the guys at [Tata Motors]( Products must be easy to repair locally and be simple to use for health care works with limited skills and training.

Happy reading!