Medical Devices and Information Communication Technologies for the Base of the Pyramid

  • Zach FriedmanEmail author
  • Walter Karlen
Conference paper


Providing adequate access to medical care in developing countries is a systemic and complex issue, driven by numerous challenges ranging from issues in delivery of care to broader development issues. One key issue is the lack of appropriate, low-cost devices to diagnose and treat what are often easily addressed medical conditions. The last decade has seen the development of numerous low-cost medical devices and the application of information and communication technologies. A limited number of projects, however, manage to pass the pilot testing stage and go on to achieve impact at scale. The reasons for this are multifaceted. In this paper, we discuss challenges presented by medical device markets and challenges in the development of these technologies. We argue that multidisciplinary dialogue and public–private partnerships are the essential factors that lead to the integrity and success of low-cost health systems in small and fragmented markets.


Medical Device Social Entrepreneur Information Communication Technology Open Data Model Mobile Phone Camera 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LIGTT: Institute for Globally Transformative TechnologiesLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)BerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health Sciences and TechnologyETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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