New Health Information Systems Course at MIT
Happy New Year to everyone!
We are offering a new course called "Health information systems to improve quality of care in resource poor settings" (HST.184) at MIT. It will be held on Fridays from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM at room 155 of the Stata Center.
The course is a collaborative offering of Sana, Partners in Health, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).
Dr. Joia Mukherjee, medical director of Partners in Health, will be giving the first talk on February 4. Other confirmed speakers include (in alphabetical order) Atul Gawande's checklist team (Priya Agrawal and Alvin Kwok), Hamish Fraser, Jessica Haberer, Lisa Hirschhorn, IHI Developing Countries team, Jonathan Jackson, Andrew Kanter, Chaitali Sinha, Rebecca Weintraub, and Martin Were.
The goal of this course is the development of innovations in information systems for developing countries that will (1) translate into improvement in health outcomes, (2) strengthen the existing organizational infrastructure, and (3) create a collaborative ecosystem to maximize the value of these innovations. Teaching students the science of improvement and scale is a strategy for capacity-building that has not been fully explored by current vertical programs that have focused on providing clinical skills to CHWs.
Our guest speakers, with their operational experiences, will outline the challenges they faced and detail how these were or can be addressed, in the context of quality improvement concepts such as process improvement, organizational change, system re-engineering, and operations management. They will share the insights they gain in discovering how foundational work in quality improvement can be applied to seemingly intractable global health care problems. To support our speakers, the IHI Developing Countries team will be assisting in planning the sessions. All the sessions will be recorded and uploaded on the Sana and MIT Open CourseWare websites.
The spring 2011 course is an introduction to a project-based course that will follow next fall. In the future iterations of the course, Boston-based students will be working with students from partner universities in developing countries. The course will connect the students to either government or non-government healthcare organizations that are local to the partner universities. Under the mentorship of our Boston-based faculty, those from the partner universities and leaders from the healthcare organizations, the students will (1) identify a health-related problem resulting from information gaps, and (2) design, pilot, evaluate and scale an information system to address the problem. Horizontal projects such as those in the areas of supply chain and logistics, patient flow, and drug safety, are preferred over vertical programs.
Please pass on this information to anyone who might be interested in taking the course.