Chicago, IL
18-19 October 2019

Frugal Innovations in Global Health Care Conference

Even though tremendous advances have been made in health care in the last few decades, still close to 4 billion people today across the lower socioeconomic strata have no access to these lives changing medical care. On the other hand, in developed economies like the United States, the cost of health care has increased to almost 18% of GDP and continues to rise as the population is aging.

In recent years, there has been a tremendous shift towards innovations that can not only improve health care by a substantial reduction of cost but also provide core functionalities and optimized performance, appropriately terming it Frugal Innovations in Health Care.  While a lot of these frugal innovations have been developed or applied in the developing countries, it is also very relevant that we in the United States look at these innovations and engage in a dialogue to see how such innovations can reduce health care costs here as well.

The purpose of this conferences is to introduce health care practitioners and future health care practitioners to innovations in health care delivery that can address pervasive gaps in health care access. This will be exemplified across numerous conditions and settings (e.g., breast cancer, malaria, surgery planning, prosthetic limbs, telemedicine, menstrual hygiene management, prevention of water-borne illness), to support systems health practice thinking for attendees.

Virtual Conference
UIC, Chicago, IL
19 March 2021
9am - 3 pm CST




6 hr





Proud to bring inspirational speakers who will be sharing the same platform for the first time. 

Moderated By Jerome McDonnell

Opening Remarks by Sam Pitroda


India Development Service, UIC, Loyola University, and Rush University are leading the path to Frugal Innovations here in Chicago for the first time. 


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