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Center for Health and Aging Publications

Every June NBR’s Center for Health and Aging invites top decision-makers in science, policy, industry, medicine, and public health to Seattle to discuss how to realize the dream of a healthier future through the effective utilization of scientific advances combined with appropriate policies for prevention, early detection, and early treatment of disease.


The Importance of Failure in the Creation and Implementation of Affordable Technology for Health

In a panel discussion at the 2012 Pacific Health Summit, participants identified one of the main challenges of innovation: that technology can fail. But failure, and how we deal with failure, is an integral part of the process of using technology to change outcomes, particularly in low-income countries. This Impact and Innovation report is a collection of compelling perspectives drawing on that discussion.

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The Importance of Failure in the Creation and Implementation of Affordable Technology for Health