Universal Health Coverage: Will innovation bring us closer to this goal?
Health care systems face ever-growing challenges: widening inequalities, emerging infectious and environmental risks, the rise of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and ageing populations. Universal health coverage (UHC) is a goal “to ensure that all people obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship when paying for them”. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank have urged governments to provide UHC for their citizens, and it is now a key United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). Despite this, UHC is proving difficult to attain in many countries.
Recent research is shedding light on how innovative methodologies from point of care to technology driven primary care education and the inclusion of clinical research opportunities must be utilized to achieve UHC. Additionally, with a growing health workforce gap the global investment and development in Information and Communications Technology (ICTs) is essential.
This panel aims to discuss and explore the various perspectives of how innovation can bring us toward UHC . It will be composed of expertise that represents education, clinical research, data and ICTs and the patient’s role. By having such a diversity of expertise this panel will be able to discuss common and less frequently raised issues in regards to Universal Health Coverage, the research behind them and innovation moving forward.
Kunal D Patel, Medical Director, Iheed
Kelly McKee – Clinical innovation, Eli Lilly
Bill Simpson – Director, Data Science, Memotext
Patient representative – ePatient Scholar or Michael Seres (TBC)