A network of experts in global healthcare
Is it possible to build a global brains trust of experts in healthcare policy, public healthcare design and healthcare delivery - covering the entire gamut from control of disease to outcomes measurement? Can such a network be harnessed effectively to address the issues of global healthcare from the widely prevalent to the obscure by building on human knowledge than bureaucratic reinvention of wheels in each country? For example, many Asian countries like India are beginning to follow the US example of HMOs and will wait to learn the costly errors of that path. China's idea of "disease management" is unique and dangerous by way of disclosure and epidemics like SARS or HIV can be dramatic with destruction. Surely there must be innovative ways of applying knowledge to cut across political boundaries? Jean-Francios Rischard of the World Bank suggests building a "global issues network" - using experts to regulate the world - right here on Big Think. How could that work in healthcare?