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Lack of access to quality health care, especially in developing countries, is a fundamental source of many of society’s ills, resulting in millions of preventable deaths every year. To solve this problem, innovations must be supported that enable access to and use of reliable, affordable, and appropriate health care that leads to improved health outcomes in disadvantaged populations.

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