Eric Bing is a doctor, an epidemiologist, author, and innovator describes how low-cost innovations can improve health and save lives all over the world.


I caught up with Eric Bing, a psychiatrist and epidemiologist whose focus is on behavior (not just of individuals, but also of populations and organizations) at the 2014 Health Technology Forum in San Francisco. Dr. Bing’s training (MD, MPH, PhD in Epidemiology, and MBA) gives him a perspective few people have and he has put it to good use. According to his biography, “he has developed health programs throughout Africa and the Caribbean has received the Alfred Haynes International Health Leadership Award, and is a Paul G. Rogers International Health Research Ambassador from Research!America.”

 

Leading Global Health at the George W. Bush Insitute

Currently, he is Senior Fellow and Director for Global Health at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas. There, he leads the Bush Institute’s global health initiatives,“with an emphasis on creating programs that engage both the public and private sectors.” Dr. Bing is also a professor of global health at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Together with Marc J. Epstein, a distinguished research professor of management at Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, he recently published an important book on Global Health titled “Pharmacy on a Bicycle.” The book describes low-cost innovations that can improve health and save lives of millions of people around the world. Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO of CARE USA, said:

“In this compelling, practical, and very human book, Bing and Epstein offer real-life solutions to ending millions of preventable deaths around the world.  By integrating tools from public health, medicine, and business, they have created an approach–IMPACTS–that has potential for savings millions of lives, not only in low- and middle-income countries, but in resource-poor, hard-to-reach settings within wealthier nations.”

 

Video Interview from the Health Technology Forum in San Francisco

Be sure to watch the video interview. Bing describes the important role innovation (in business models, technology, and data analytics) plays helping people in the developing world have better access to the care they need.

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