Saving The NHS: What Can We Learn From Developing Countries?

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


This invited talk was given as part of an event organised by the Edinburgh University Global Health Society, which aimed to introduce medical students, staff and and members of the public to digital health innovations and their potential to help 'save the NHS'. After talks devoted to advances in health informatics, telemedicine and artificial intelligence, Claudia Pagliari asked the audience to take a step back and consider life in a low income country, where the challenges are often very different. She explained how successful innovation is not just about creating cutting-edge technologies but also about using ingenuity and lateral thinking to solve real problems using existing resources, giving examples of creative workarounds in low-resource settings. She pointed out the mismatch between public spending and health outcomes in rich nations like the USA, and described how studying 'frugal innovations' can help to inform ideas for improving the sustainability of health systems like the NHS. She also gave examples of 'reverse innovations' which have successfully transferred from low to high income countries and are already having significant impacts.
Period6 Apr 2018
Event titleTECH MEETS HEALTH - Is digital technology the answer to the NHS Crisis?
Event typeWorkshop
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionRegional


  • eHealth
  • Global Health
  • Frugal Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation