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Journalist Jim Beach of School for Startups Radio recently interviewed ACCESS Health Chair and President William A. Haseltine about his upcoming book World Class: A Story of Adversity, Transformation, and Success at NYU Langone Health.

School for Startups is a syndicated radio show about low risk entrepreneurship and features interviews with authors and entrepreneurs across the world. Listen to the interview here and find out more about Dr. Haseltine’s bestseller World Class on his website WilliamHaseltine.com

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Health finance is becoming an increasing challenge to the health system in China and globally. The high price of new drugs and global demographic changes make the issue more important and urgent than ever before. To help find solutions to these challenges, our Health Futures program in China organized the 2nd Annual International Health Finance Forum in Shanghai.

The State Council of China recently formed the new National Medical Security Administration to ensure that universal health coverage responds to the health needs of all people in China. The Health Futures program is supporting this effort by focusing on health finance as a means to improve access to quality healthcare at an affordable price.

The Health Finance Forum took place at the School of Management of Fudan University on December 1 and December 2. More than four hundred participants attended the forum. This year’s forum focused on health insurance reform and health payment innovation, including: sharing international and domestic best practices, health payment innovations and health service system upgrades, innovation in the pharmaceutical industry, commercial insurance innovations, the use of technology to empower reforms.

Seventy one distinguished speakers were invited to share at the forum. Speakers from near and far, including experts and key opinion leaders in health and health insurance policy, research, and academic institutions, as well as executives from health service providers, pharmaceutical, commercial health insurance, and health technology companies, all joined together to share best practices and insights on health financing and its development and collaboration opportunities across industries.

As participants noted during the Forum, health insurance reforms and innovations in health payments require multidisciplinary efforts at both public and private levels. Discussions around successful experiences, challenges, and potential solutions are essential to create future health policies and services. The forum enhanced the awareness of health finance innovations in the health sector and also among the public.

During the forum, the research team of the Health Futures program in China launched the Chinese report entitled Improving Orphan Drug Accessibility in China. The report was a joint effort by our China team and Fudan University Health Finance Research Institute. The report revealed the current situation of the accessibility of orphan drugs in China. It provided insightful suggestions to improve the healthcare coverage for rare disease patients by analyzing the pioneering funding models in China and other regions. The report attracted strong attention among the audience and the media.

Speakers attending the Forum included:

  • Dinesh Nair, Senior Health Specialist of World Bank
  • Jin Fang, Deputy Secretary General of China Development Research Foundation
  • Chunlin Jin, Director of Shanghai Health Development Research Center
  • Eduardo P. Banzon, Principal Health Specialist of Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department of Asian Development Bank
  • Jui-fen Rachel Lu, Director of International Health Economics Association, Executive Director of Taiwan Health Economics Association
  • Kun Zhao, Director of the Health Technology Assessment Division of China National Health Development Research Center
  • Jie Chen, Director of Health Technology Assessment Research Center of Fudan University

The forum received more than fifty media exposures on the internet, WeChat articles, newspapers, and TV new report. Here, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to all supporters of the Forum: Shanghai Service Federation, Fudan University Schhol of Management, Fudan University School of Public Health, IFENG Fiance Institute, Pfizer Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., Merck China & Co. Inc. (China), Roche (China) Co. Ltd., RDPAC China, MediTrust Health, Beijing Genomics Institute, Youhujia, ZhongAn Technology, ZeChao, and KPMG China.

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ACCESS Health was a proud participant in the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health 2018 Forum, held in December in New Delhi. The event focused on improving multisectoral action for results, sharing country solutions, and capturing and sharing best practices in the maternal, newborn, and child health sectors. Part of our involvement including offering technical support to our partners at the India office of the World Health Organization and Care India who organized a session on “Bridging the Quality Chasm: Ensuring Universal Access to Quality Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Services with Equity & Dignity (QED)”.
ACCESS Health also participated in a side event titled “Quality of Life-Saving Medicines: A New Investment Strategy” which highlighted the important role of quality medicine in maternal health. It also underscored the need for new strategies and funding sources for countries to increase the availability of quality lifesaving medicines given the decreasing aid assistance to developing countries.
Overall, the discussions held at the forum emphasized the importance of people centered accountability and of bringing forward the voices of women, children, and adolescents through innovative programs and creative projects. The Keynote address at the event was delivered by Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi.
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Every Second Counts: New Book Explores the Birth and Growth of the Largest Emergency Service Provider in the World

Dr. William Haseltine tells the story of the groundbreaking emergency response system that every country should be emulating.

Minutes and seconds can mean the difference between life or death. In his new book, Every Second Counts: Saving Lives with India’s Emergency Response System (Brookings Institute), Dr. William Haseltine, former Professor at Harvard’s Medical School and School of Public Health and pioneer in cancer, HIV/AIDS, and genomics research, explains the profound impact that a quality, affordable, and accessible emergency system can have on the general population.

“What the government of India has achieved in partnership with EMRI is groundbreaking,” Dr. Haseltine states, “and offers a model of efficiency and quality that all countries should emulate.”

Serving more than 700 million people across seventeen Indian states and territories, the Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) receives 150,000 calls and responds to nearly 25,000 emergencies each day. Users can call into a free, emergency 108 telephone number, which provides integrated medical, police, and fire emergency services.

A single call center can provide service for up to fifty million people at a cost of $0.25 USD per person per year. The service is free to the user and costs the provider less than $15 USD per emergency, which is less than one percent of what an emergency call costs in the United States.

“The secret,” Dr. Haseltine says, “Is the IT technology (provided by Infosys in India) and outstanding corporate management.  It is a lesson in how technology is flattening the pyramid and how health care does not have to cost a fortune.”  Every Second Counts details how by structuring EMRI as a pubic private-partnership between government and a not-for-profit institute, and by utilizing cutting-edge technology, they have been able to provide a manual for policymakers and providers across the globe on how to achieve universal access to affordable, high quality care.

As of August 31, 2017, EMRI has responded to 56.1 million emergencies, saved 2.3 million lives, served 18.9 million pregnant women, and assisted in 480 thousand births. EMRI accomplished this through deploying more than 10,000 ambulances and employing more than 45,000 skilled personnel, who respond in urban, rural, and tribal areas. The institute has trained half a million emergency responders within these communities.

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Today we announce the appointment of Dr. Krishna Reddy as the new Country Director of ACCESS Health India. Dr. Reddy has a long and distinguished career in India and is known internationally as a pioneer in comprehensive primary care, digital health, and integrated care.

“I can think of no better person than Dr. Reddy to lead our work in India and in other emerging economies. He has been a friend and supporter of ACCESS Health for many years, even helping us set up our first office in Hyderabad more than ten years ago,” said ACCESS Health Chair and President, William A. Haseltine. “Dr. Reddy brings a lifetime of experience in providing high quality care to people across rural, urban, high income, and low income areas. We are delighted to have him on our ACCESS Health India team.”

ACCESS Health India designs and manages programs and projects that drive domestic healthcare improvements and inspire improvements in other countries in the region and beyond. ACCESS Health works closely with the government of India and local state governments to scale up innovative best practices in healthcare in partnership with private sector partners. ACCESS Health India also works directly with healthcare providers to identify, share, and scale hospital processes and procedures that lead to better outcomes for patients.

Dr. Reddy will assume full responsibility for the ACCESS Health India program and its activities as of December 1, 2018. Prior to joining ACCESS Health Dr. Reddy was Director and Vice Chairman of CARE Hospitals. Dr. Reddy co founded CARE Hospital in 1997. It started as a single hospital in Hyderabad with one hundred beds and grew in to one of top 5 multispecialty healthcare providers with fourteen hospitals serving six cities across five states in India. The hospital group is now recognized as one of the most advanced, multispecialty tertiary care hospital chain in the country and a model for patient satisfaction and innovation.

Dr. Reddy plans to strengthen ACCESS Health India’s position as a leader in health systems research and transformation, with in depth specialization in the core building blocks of health systems: payers, providers, health policy, health regulation, and digital health as a systems integrator. Both he and the entire ACCESS Health India office are unified under a single core purpose, Swasth Bharat, a Healthy India.

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The National Health Systems Resource Centre in India along with the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently conducted a workshop on Accelerating Transformation to High Quality Health Systems aimed at increasing quality of care by aligning ongoing efforts in the country and sharing overarching lessons on quality. Two recent publications on quality were discussed in detail: The Lancet Global Health Commission on High-Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era and the report published by World Health Organization, World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development titled Delivering Quality Health Services – A global imperative for Universal Health Coverage. Both reports discuss the most current findings on quality and make recommendations for building quality health systems to achieve universal health coverage.

Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary Health, and Mr. Manoj Jhalani, Additional Secretary & Mission Director, National Health Mission, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India chaired the session along with Dr. Margaret E. Kruk, Chair of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health System, and Associate Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Vinod Paul, Member, Niti Aayog, Dr. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India, and Dr. Henk Benkedam, WHO Representative to India were among the co-chairs of the workshop. Representatives from multiple state health departments attended the session including Mission Directors and Quality Program leads. Dr. Kruk noted “India will lose $3.7 trillion USD (2.1% of India GDP in 2030) as the value of lost input and $1.3 trillion USD between 2015 and 2030 (17% of India’s GDP in 2015) as the value of lost welfare due to poor health system”

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Siddhartha Bhattacharaya, Country Director ACCESS Health India, participated in a roundtable held in Mumbai to discuss the Indian healthcare landscape: Challenge and Opportunities. The event was organized by Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI). The discussions were focused around policy recommendations for improving access, affordability, equity and efficiency of the health services in India. Also discussed were the intellectual rights policy in India and the need for reform in which India can remain an attractive destination for Pharma investments’.

The recommendations and key takeaways from this roundtable will be presented as a white paper to the Government of India.

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One of India’s most promising quality maternal care initiatives was featured at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics’ triennial World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Rio de Janeiro from October 14 to October 19. The Manyata for Mothers program improves the quality of maternity care in private facilities in India, a country in which nearly half of all women go to the private sector to receive maternity care. The Manyata for Mothers program and its partners,  MSD for Mothers, the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) and Jhpiego, were featured in a special side event on the third day of the World Congress.

During the event, panelists shared lessons learned from the Manyata program and discussed ways to translate those lessons to other contexts to improve maternal healthcare and strengthen national health systems. ACCESS Health is a proud partner of the Manyata program and supports Weber Shandwick in evidence curation and advocacy for the initiative. Read more about the Manyata program here.

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The Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research organized by the Joint Learning Network (JLN) was held on October 10, 2018. The session entitled Solving UHC Challenges through Practitioner-to-Practitioner Learning included a mini-demonstration of the joint learning model by JLN members Dr. Omar Ahmed Omar Mohammed from Kenya, Dr. Kamaliah Noh from Malaysia, Dr. Nneka Orji from Nigeria, and John Ryu from South Korea.

After an introduction the attendees selected a group of their choice for facilitated discussions with topics Improving Primary Health Care through Measured Performance, Not, Balancing the Act of Designing a Health Benefits Policy, Making Quality and Cost Efficiency Gains in Health Care Services, and Domestic Resource Mobilization for Universal Health Coverage.

Attendees benefitted by gaining insight on the how to and importance of connecting with peers with varying backgrounds to learn, share and address challenges for universal health coverage.

A thorough recap of the session can be found here.

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Health Futures program in China held a series of events during Dr. William Haseltine’s visit in Shanghai. Dr. William Haseltine is the Chairman and President of ACCESS Health International. Dr. Haseltine brought his new book World Class to the Chinese audience. which documented the success of the transformation of NYU Langone Health. Through the events, we introduced the lessons learned from NYU Langone Health in different aspects of health system, health service delivery, health management, and health innovation to provide different learning to the various audience.

We are truly thankful to the support of all the partners that share the same vision of promoting high quality, distributed, and affordable healthcare.

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