Health Information Systems to Improve Quality of Care in Resource-Poor Settings – MIT HST184 and S14

This 2011–2012 MIT OpenCourseWare course provides guidance on the development of information system innovations for developing countries that will:

* translate into improvement in health outcomes.

* strengthen the existing organizational infrastructure.

* 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 community health workers (CHWs).

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for this course are:

1. Understand healthcare gaps and inefficiencies in developing countries and resource-poor settings.

2. Learn about strategies for improving the quality of care using information systems in resource-poor settings.

3. Project management and coordination skills on a multidisciplinary, cross-continental team.

4. Learn value-chain analysis, process re-engineering, design learning systems and quality improvement in the context of eHealth projects.

Course Organization

The course combines material from the Spring 2011 offering (course number HST.184) and Spring 2012 offering (course number HST.S14), sequenced in a way the instructors feel makes sense. The 2011 class emphasized lectures by guest speakers, whereas the 2012 class focused on case studies and mentored projects. The lecture videos are all from Spring 2011. No lecture videos were recorded for the Spring 2012 course.

The general layout is as follows:

* Module I: Setting the Stage for eHealth - Sessions 1–4

* Module II: Designing Health Information Systems - Sessions 5–11

* Module III: Creating a Culture of Quality in Health Care - Sessions 12–21

The course also included a four-stage project proposal and final paper:

* Initial Proposal - Session 6

* Interim Pitch & Outline - Session 12

* Final Presentation - Session 20

* Final Paper - After Session 21

Further Reading

Recommended reading for the program:

* Buntin, M. B., et al. "The Benefits Of Health Information Technology: A Review Of The Recent Literature Shows Predominantly Positive Results." Health Affairs 30, no. 3 (2011): 464–71.

* Marczak, J., et al. "Addressing Systemic Challenges to Social Inclusion in Health Care: Initiatives of the Private Sector." (PDF) Americas Society. Whitepaper, March 7, 2011.

Other Requirements

No additional requirements are associated with this course.

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