Pacific Health Summit

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

October 18, 2012

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 is a collection of compelling persepctives drawing on the discussion.

This report addresses questions such as the following:

  • How do we define failure when implementing technologies for health?
  • What mindsets hamper innovation and contribute to failure?
  • Where have technologies negatively influenced individuals and communities? How can we prevent misuse of technology?
  • How and what can we learn from failures?
  • How can we move from failure to success?