Dr. Bryan Bergeron speaking about the role of robotics in healthcare
1. ObjectivesWe will show how information technologies (IT) shape and redefine the health care marketplace. Students will learn how IT enhances medical care through: 1) improved economies of scale, 2) greater technical efficiencies in the delivery of care, 3) advanced tools for patient education and self-care, 4) network-integrated decision support tools for clinicians, and 5) opportunities for e-health delivery over the internet. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to design an innovative solution to a current or future health care problem. Students' proposed solutions will draw upon understanding of tools and principles acquired and will be presented as an application design during the final days of the course.
2. ScopeThis interdisciplinary course will teach students how to critique and analyze various management programs and technology systems currently available to health care professionals. Lectures and tutorials will offer didactic and experiential learning opportunities. The tutorials will serve as interactive discussion and training sessions to introduce the skills and software toolsets that will be used by the students to design an original health care delivery system application. Skills will include those used by professionals in health economics, disease management, decision support, clinical effectiveness, and automated clinical trials design.
3. MissionTo provide a unique learning environment that brings together students and faculty from diverse backgrounds including medicine, business, law, engineering, public health, education, and social policy to harness their creativity and experience for the purpose of enhancing health care delivery.
4. Teaching MethodsThe students will form multidisciplinary groups to analyze, develop, and present a specific disease or clinical management program which will incorporate (but is not limited to) management techniques, services, and technologies as presented during lectures and tutorials. A packet of materials will be distributed at the first tutorial that includes readings, written exercises, and instructions for the computer laboratories.
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5. GradingClass participation and project team exercises (30%)
Final oral presentation (25%)
Final report (45%)
Students may elect to take the course on a Pass-Fail basis with permission from the Registrar for their academic programs.
The oral presentation and the written final report will be reviewed by the course director, co-directors, tutors/supervisors, and lecturers. These group-based assessments will be combined with an individual assessment to determine the final grade.
Teams will be given an opportunity to practice their presentation skills and polish their project objectives through 3 in-class mini-presentations. Two of them will require the preparation of a 10-minute presentation on a specific topic related to the project, and one will be an elevator pitch that is delivered to an actual venture capitalist, for which the teams will receive feedback.
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5. Course WebsiteAll information, links, and announcements about the course can be accessed at http://hst921.org.
6. FrequencyOffered annually in the Spring Term. Weekly lectures (1.5 hour) and tutorial sessions (1.5 - 2 hours). Faculty and project supervisors are available during the course for work group meetings by mutual arrangement. Credits: HST921 (HMS), 922 (MIT) are 2 credits each; HST923 (HMS), 924 (MIT) are 2 credits each. Students who take both courses (required except by special exemption) earn 4 credits total. (Credit may vary by school; check with Registrar or on website).
7. PrerequisitesNone. This interdisciplinary course is for students interested in strategic development of health-related businesses, outcomes research, and point of care patient services. Students may register from MIT, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Business School, Harvard School of Public Health, The Kennedy School of Government, The Graduate Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard Law School, and the Graduate School of Education. In addition, undergraduates at MIT and Harvard College are eligible to register with permission.
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