MIT-India Conference 2013 Panel on Healthcare
With over 1.2 billion people in India, a majority live below the poverty line and only 3-5% have health insurance. Over 70% of the population lives in rural areas and they cant afford the urban-centric, retroactive insurance plans. There is a lack of consistency in the healthcare resources, infrastructure and affordability between the rural and urban areas. This panel will address how quality healthcare can be scaled to reach the majority from the lenses of delivery, hospital practice, industry and innovation. The panelists will elaborate on trends, challenges and opportunities in each of their verticals toward a scalable healthcare system.

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MODERATOR: Dr. Anjali Sastry

Anjali Sastry is senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research draws on field studies and collaborative projects designed to explore sustainability, scale, and management systems in organizations that deliver health care amid constraints.

Since joining the MIT Sloan faculty in 2001, Dr. Sastry has taught introductory and advanced system dynamics. In 2007 she founded GlobalHealth Lab at MIT Sloan, later adding Business Model Innovation: Global Health in Frontier Markets. GlobalHealth Lab has conducted over 50 projects to improve processes, develop strategic insights, test business cases, and deliver marketing innovations for front-line enterprises serving low-income patients in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and spawned several linked research efforts currently underway.

Dr. Sastry serves on the boards of Management Sciences for Health and The Learning Project Elementary School and advises WonderWork, the Lemelson Foundation, and the United Network for Organ Sharing, along with a variety of programs, research efforts, and prize competitions at MIT and elsewhere. Her prior positions include Assistant Professor of Management Science at MIT Sloan and Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Michigan. Her SB degrees in physics and Russian and PhD in management are from MIT.

Dr. Sastry’s practical evidence-based book, Parenting your child with autism: Practical solutions, strategies, and advice for helping your family, combines personal experience with research and her management expertise (2012, New Harbinger, with B. Aguirre). She is now at work on a book about learning from projects, failGOOD: Designing everyday action to deliver big results (expected 2014, Harvard Business Review Press, with K. Penn).