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Viewpoint | Innovations in Health Care Delivery

Does the Country of Origin Matter in Health Care Innovation Diffusion?

Matthew Harris, DPhil, MBBS, FFPH1; Yasser Bhatti, DPhil, MSc, MoT, MSc, BEng1; Ara Darzi, OM, KBE, PC, FRS, FMedSci1
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1Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London, London, England
JAMA. 2016;315(11):1103-1104. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.0483.
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This Viewpoint discusses the need to examine how perceptions of the country of origin may of health care innovations proposed for US settings may influence diffusion of these innovations.

There is no shortage of US health care research centers advocating the adoption of innovations from other countries. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (Boston, MA), the Commonwealth Fund (New York, NY), Innovations in Health at Duke University (Durham, NC), and the Network for Excellence in Healthcare Innovation (Cambridge, MA) are all promoting innovations from low-, middle-, and high-income countries for potential adoption into the United States. However, does it matter to patients if a proposed innovation is from India, rather than from, say, Sweden; or from Rwanda, rather than from, say, the United Kingdom? Very little is known about whether and how the country of origin of a proposed innovation matters in its diffusion.

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