2014 Spring – HST.936

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Web Stream: Active 9AM – 11AM ET (GMT-4)

The class will be live-streamed via ASF at the link below:

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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.

Course Description

This course focuses on innovations in information systems to accelerate improvements of health outcomes in developing countries. The course will focus not only on technology and mHealth as it applies to global health, but also on broader issues necessary for the successful deployment of information systems such as quality of care, disease burden, and project management. This is the fourth iteration of the course, which is a collaborative offering from Sana, MIT, Partners in Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and a network of international partner academic institutions located around the globe.

The course is designed with two core components that are mutually related:

1) Lectures featuring international speakers who are recognized experts in the field, and

2) Collaborative project development to tackle a real world global health problem.

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, Brandeis, and Northeastern). In addition, our international partners will be offering the course locally in their respective countries, and those not affiliated with an institution can audit the course either live or remotely).

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.