The OCW calendar 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 for OCW users. The 2011 class emphasized lectures by guest speakers, whereas the 2012 class focused on case studies and mentored projects.
|Module I: Setting the Stage for eHealth|
|1||Translational research and advocacy: New paradigms for equity||
Understand health inequities and the social determinants of health. Overview of the medical illnesses, the status of health care, and common human resource limitations in developing countries.
|Joia Mukherjee (Partners in Health)|
|2||Design and impact of health information systems in developing countries||Background on health information systems that have been implemented in developing countries and the evidence on their impact.||Hamish Fraser (Partners in Health, Harvard Medical School)|
|3||Overview of quality improvement||Understand the nature and extent of medical errors and how healthcare organizations should respond when adverse events occur.||Leo Celi (MIT, Sana)|
|4||Project mentor presentations||Class mentors present their ongoing Sana implementation projects to inform students of real-life examples of health information systems.||Trishan Panch (Sana), Ikaro Silva (MIT, Sana), Freeman Changamire (Tufts University)|
|Module II: Designing Health Information Systems|
|5||Sana development workshop: Android client and OpenMRS development||Optional workshop series on developing mobile health applications using the Sana mobile health system.||Eric Winkler (Sana)|
|6||Operations management at the front lines||
Evaluate the performance of operating units, understand why they perform as they do, and design new or improved operating procedures and systems.
Project: Proposal due at start of class
|Martin Were (Indiana University)|
|7||Process improvement theory and application||Understand the methods used for improving process quality.||Brandon Bennett (Institute for Healthcare Improvement)|
|8||Case study: Designing a diabetes screening project in Punjab||Learn the challenges of screening for diabetes in rural Punjab, India and lessons learned.||Trishan Panch (Sana)|
|9||Case study: Wireless labor monitoring for developing settings: From idea to prototype to testing and beyond||Learn how to bring doctors and engineers and others together to transform an indea into something truly useful, e.g. prototype development and creation of optimal use cases.||Jessica Haberer (Massachusetts General Hospital)|
|10||Development of standard terminology for global maternal and child health||Understand the need for standard terminology in healthcare delivery, and how a new standard for maternal and child health is being developed.||Jonathan Payne (Partners in Health)|
|11||Smart software design for healthcare: unbiased signals, open and affordable technology for resource-constrained healthcare||Examine some of the challenges delivering care in developing countries, and how software and intelligent algorithms can improve care.||Gari D. Clifford (University of Oxford)|
|Module III: Creating a Culture of Quality in Health Care|
|12||Innovation and Adoption of New Practices||
Examine principles of innovation and the adoption of new practices that can guide the design of successful quality improvement projects.
Project: Interim outline and pitches
|Jonathan Jackson (Dimagi)|
|13||Checklists: Quality improvement in developing countries||Understand how checklists improve safety and how they are used; recognize some of the similarities and differences in improving quality of care in different settings.||Priya Agrawal and Alvin Kwok (World Health Organization, Harvard School of Public Health)|
|14||Evaluating process and outcome metrics in the context of quality||Learn how to design a measurement approach to systematically measure dimensions of quality in clinical care systems.||Lisa Hirschhorn (Harvard Medical School)|
|15||Evaluating process and outcome metrics: Patient Safety||
Learn how to design an evaluation study with appropriate clinical and economic outcomes.
|Pedro Delgado (Institute for Healthcare Improvement)|
|16||Organizational change: Positive deviance||Understand how to design and lead systems changes to achieve quality improvement within a heath-care organization.||Jessica Haberer (Massachusetts General Hospital)|
|17||Case study: Neri Clinics: Primary care in the developing world||Examine primary care in Zambia and the challenges of implementing technology to improve healthcare.||Patrick McSharry (Neri Clinics)|
|18||Organizational change: Lean sigma||Discuss the application of management models drawn from production industries to health-care delivery.||Andrew Kanter (Millenium Villages Project)|
|19||Collaborative change and wrap-up||Discuss the model of inter-organizational learning as an approach to quality improvement.||Chaitali Sinha (IDRC)|
|20||Student final project presentations||Each team gives a 10–12 minute presentation, followed by short Q&A.||Students|
|21||Health system design: Lessons from Rwanda and Haiti||Understand health system strengthening and its limitations.||Paul Farmer (Partners in Health)|