KDUC History

The roots of knowledge-driven universal coverage are in the seminal work of Walter Shewhart almost 100 years ago. That work was taken up by W. Edwards Deming and the US production community in WWII, then the Japanese, then manufacturers worldwide.

In the 1970s, Dell K. Allen organized a manufacturing community in support of higher performance based in part on the classification work of botanists. The classification of things grewn into the classification of processes.

Kenneth Tingey combines these elements into the concept of fluidity and cognitive legitimacy in rehabilitation. This work expands to methods-based management. The 2020 Program for Global Health is a manifestation of that approach.

Regulation is what nature does. First and foremost, out object is to tap into related sources of information to learn to support and augment natural forces. This is where success in both mobility and sustainability can be found. Understanding root causes and being able recreate relevant situations and acting appropriately in each case are fundamental elements of a knowledge-driven approach to understanding and using nature's regulatory processes. This is a key element in making that key commitment by governments, the commitment to provide universal health coverage, to care for the people in very direct ways.

Knowledge-driven universal coverage (KDUC) lies at the heart of the 2020 Program for Global Health. KDUC considers knowledge as a public good. The challenge is in organizing it and providing it when and where it is needed. Governments and other public institutions need to leverage their commitments to research and to public communications systems to make such resources available to all. Given the complexities underscoring good health and the risks from uninformed acts, people cannot afford to act in ignorance.

Importance of knowledge in achieving good health

Knowledge is not sufficient for good health, but it is a necessary element in achieving this important goal. Given the complex interconnections within our bodies and unpredictable interactions with our environment, including the foods we consume and the air we breathe, required knowledge is both complex and dynamic. Particularly in conditions of disease, it is absolutely essential to have correct information as to conditions at the time with informed evaluation of what needs to be done in a given situation.