2017-2018 Annual Research Theme

Innovations in healthcare delivery processes and their contribution towards Accessible Healthcare


On July 3rd, 2017, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addressed WHO staff as the new Director-General (DG) of the World Health Organization in his first speech as DG, emphasizing that the WHO’s work “is about fighting to ensure the health of people as a basic human right.” Sustainable Development Goal 3.8 also sets achieving universal health coverage as the goal for 2030. Though there are many factors affecting the ability of a country to provide universal health coverage for its residents, the importance of an efficient and effective health system cannot be understated. Improving access to healthcare delivery is a crucial building block towards achieving this goal of universal health coverage. To this end, this year’s theme seeks to consider ways that different countries are trying to achieve more accessible healthcare through modification of their healthcare delivery systems.

Research Components

  • Examination of healthcare delivery processes: eg. financing systems, research prioritization, insurance structuring, administration algorithms will be considered. One specific process that is timely and relevant to the host country will be analyzed by each corresponding BRIGHT Chapter
  • Analysis of the system that was in place before the process innovation’s introduction, the improvement process brought, the logic behind its implementation, and the gaps that still exist for further improvement post implementation
  • Information will tie back to how the process helps, or doesn’t help, the push towards Accessible Healthcare, and what more it can do towards this goal.

Sources of Information

  • Qualitative interviews with experts and stakeholders in the field for opinions
  • Data driven analysis of change brought about by chosen process’ implementation
  • Academic Reviews on the subject, backed by primary source datainitiatives, government agencies, NGOs, international organizations, and private organizations.
  • News and media reporting to supplement findings and stress relevancy
  • Analysis of health policy