Center for Health Market Innovations

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Center for Health Market Innovations
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Motto Inform. Analyze. Connect.
Founded 2010
Focus Private Sector Health Innovations

The Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) is a publicly accessible information resource that promotes programs, policies and practices that make health care delivered by private organizations affordable and accessible to the world’s poor.


Results for Development launched the Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) in 2010 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2012, the UK government began supporting CHMI through its Department for International Development (DFID).

Since 2010, CHMI has relied upon a broad network of in-country institutions and other partners to collect information, conduct analytical work, and connect health market stakeholders around the world. These partners include organizations that work in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, USA, and Vietnam.

CHMI is increasingly focused on connecting donors, impact investors, and policy makers to innovators running programs profiled in the CHMI database. These connections allow programs to access the knowledge, resources, and funding that they need to scale their programs and serve more individuals.[citation needed]

Health Systems as a Marketplace[edit]

CHMI seeks to research private sector health innovations in health markets around the world. Health markets are the part of the health system where health care decisions are made by both consumers and providers of services. Health markets are increasingly important in many countries, since they take the place of or operate alongside government-sponsored public delivery.

Health Market Innovations are programs and policies—implemented by governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social entrepreneurs or private companies—that have the potential to improve the way health markets operate. These programs and policies enable the transactions that occur in the health care marketplace to lead to better health and financial protection, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable.

The Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) identified five categories of Health Market Innovations with the potential to improve health market performance with better health and financial protection: Organizing Delivery, Financing Care, Regulating Performance, Changing Behaviors and Enhancing Processes.

The CHMI Approach[edit]

Screenshot of CHMI Online Database.

CHMI’s vision is for health systems around the world to better utilize private organizations to deliver quality, affordable and accessible care, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable. CHMI works to achieve this vision by carrying out the following

Inform: CHMI provides comprehensive, up-to-date information about innovative programs and policies.

Analyze: CHMI identifies promising practices that can be scaled-up or adapted in other countries.

Connect: CHMI connects people implementing, funding, and studying innovative programs to translate good practices and encourage innovative programs to scale.

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CHMI Program Offerings[edit]

CHMI Database[edit]

The CHMI database is a free, public, online, downloadable resource that contains profiles of more than 1,200 innovative healthcare programs that serve the poor in low- and middle-income countries.

Programs added to the CHMI database are identified by CHMI’s regional partners through research and interviews or added by program managers, funders, researchers, and other members of the larger CHMI community.

The quality of profiles might vary depending on the number and quality of updates provided by the managers of programs profiled in the CHMI database.

Reported Results Initiative[edit]

In 2011, CHMI introduced its Reported Results Initiative to collect clear and quantifiable measures of program performance across ten key dimensions. These dimensions include access, affordability, clinical quality, and health outcomes. Information is self-reported by program managers through an online survey. Incentives are used to encourage reporting – e.g., increased visibility on the CHMI website and increased visibility to potential donors and investors. The ultimate goal of the system is to enable greater transparency and standardization of how programs’ performance is tracked and shared with the global health community.

Analytical Work[edit]

CHMI writes annual reports that analyze trends in health market innovations around the world as a part of its Highlights series.[1] CHMI’s analysis of the current state of eHealth was published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.[2] In addition, CHMI has commissioned research on the role that informal healthcare providers play in health systems around the world. CHMI has also launched a joint effort with the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) to develop a set of standardized, quantifiable health performance measures to help organizations, their investors, and other stakeholders assess and report on performance.


CHMI's data set has been cited by researchers in the Stanford Social Innovation Review as the "best single aggregate source of information" to understand healthcare delivery innovation in its health blog.[3] CHMI's digital platform has been featured in the Economist Intelligence Unit, Financial Times, FastCompany Co.Exist, and


CHMI works with a number of regional partners that catalyze innovation on the ground. CHMI’s partners represent CHMI in their respective countries and regions, carrying out a range of activities such as convening innovators with high‐potential business models, matchmaking innovators with policymakers, and building relationships between innovators and donors, investors, and others to help healthcare programs grow and scale‐up their activities. These partner organizations include:

* Bolded and starred partners are CHMI's current partners.

CHMI Global Collaborators[edit]


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