Rural and resource-limited settings face significant hurdles including poor infrastructure (including the absence of hospitals and paved roads), disproportionate disease burden, malnutrition, and untreated chronic conditions. These obstacles are usually complicated by ineffective and inefficient treatment, magnified by the lack of adequately trained medical professionals.Innovative mobile information services have the potential to revolutionize healthcare delivery in remote areas by improving patients’ access to medical specialists allowing effective diagnosis and intervention. However there are financial, structural, cultural, and technological hurdles one must overcome to successfully deliver mobile information services. This requires a coordinated multidisciplinary approach to foster an innovative ecosystem in order to transform healthcare delivery.
Students will learn from field experts and gain valuable real-world project experience. Some projects may progress beyond the semester and include international site visits (Haiti, Brazil, Philippines, etc). Previous projects have entered (and won) technology innovation competitions.
The course is open to all backgrounds (engineering, clinical, policy, design, undergraduate, postdoc) and all Boston-area students are welcome to enroll in the course (Previous enrollees have included students from MIT, HSPH, HMS, Sloan, Bandeis, and Northeastern).