Health Information Technology (HIT) Case Studies


The Summit’s Health Technology lab highlights first-rate examples of creative and affordable technologies that are designed with their end populations and users in mind. It also explores the challenges surrounding the uptake of innovations, and the pervasive questions of how best to implement, incentivize, and effectively deploy new technologies for health.


Affordable Solutions: Strengthening Disease Prevention and Detection through Appropriate Technologies
Victor Shi, Asia Pacific President of QIAGEN, addresses disease prevention efforts in developing countries and underscores the economic case for utilizing new diagnostic technologies to drastically reduce disease and maximize country resources.

Technologies for Health: Assessing Affordability
How can policymakers accurately assess the affordability of health technologies? David Heymann (Center on Global Health Security, Chatham House) discusses the key challenges in assessing affordability and sheds light on the potential impact of Asia’s increasing growth in domestic R&D and manufacturing of health technologies on emerging markets.

Matching Realism with Aspiration: Challenges and Successes in the Use of Technology for Global Health
This roundtable discussion looks at why it is important to bring practical expectations to any discussion about technology’s potential to aid in global health.

APEC Health IT Report: Leveraging Advances in Health IT
“Leveraging Advances in Health IT” by the National Bureau of Asian Research highlights observations and recommendations from leaders gathered at the August 2009 workshop on how health IT can help combat infectious diseases and improve health care delivery in the Asia-Pacific.

Leveraging Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainable Development in Rural India
This 2008 NBR Center for Health and Aging Case Study explores the model and approach of one organization in India, the Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI), and provides a brief analysis of key lessons learned over the past few years.

2007 Health Information and Technology (HIT) Case Studies
The NBR Center for Health and Aging has updated and expanded its library of HIT case studies for 2007. Documents range from case studies of HIT adoption in different countries to overviews on key elements of HIT. Functional case studies are also included.

Focus India HIT Workshop report
This is a report from the February 2007 “Focus India HIT Workshop” held in Mumbai, India.

Information Technology: Advancing Global Health
Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Microsoft Corporation, illustrates how we can use HIT to address major challenges facing global health. May 2006

HIT Briefing Book, 2006
This publication presents diverse economy and functional case studies of HIT adoption, as well as overview summaries on key aspects of HIT.

From Bullet-Proof Examples to Policy and Practice
This is a report from the November 2006 HIT Lab workshop in Singapore.

Making the Case for HIT
This is a report from the April 2006 HIT Lab workshop in Tokyo.

Pandemic Preparedness and Health Information Technology and Policy
This is a report from a Breakout Session at the 2006 Summit.


Economy case studies provide a big-picture overview of HIT adoption in different economies, with information on who drives and pays for HIT, unique successes and barriers to implementation, and existing HIT policies.

Functional case studies provide a summary of projects that utilize IT to improve health and healthcare in a specific area. The documents discuss the scalability and transferability of each project, as well as implications for policy.

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