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Programs in Seed Grants

Frugal innovations in child cardiac care in a rural health system in India

Principal Investigators: Kanwaljeet J. S. Anand, MBBS, PhD, Stanford Departments of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine (Principal Investigator); Sara J. Singer, MBA, PhD, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Research Team: Wasan Kumar, Stanford School of Medicine; Radha Joshi, PhD, Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Research Foundation; Soumya Jandhalya, MBA, MSc, Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital

Funders: Maternal and Child Health Research Institute, Center for Innovation in Global Health

This global health seed grant will investigate how high-quality, low-cost innovations might improve cardiac care for children in a rural health system in India. The study will analyze clinical outcomes and healthcare costs for children with a complex congenital heart disease condition, Tetralogy of Fallot, at Sanjeevani Hospital, India. Researchers will evaluate the center’s comprehensive care public health program and propose a new service line providing low-cost heart transplantation homograft for pediatric heart failure and advanced congenital heart defects.

“This research has the potential to save the lives of children with congenital heart disease by making access to effective treatment affordable,” said project investigator, Dr. Sara Singer, professor of medicine and, by courtesy, professor of organizational behavior (Graduate School of Business). “We are most excited about identifying drivers of cost-effective high-quality pediatric cardiac care.”

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