For more than a decade, healthcare spending in the U.S. has been rising at a rate far exceeding inflation. Annual spending in 2014 was $3 trillion, or more than 17.5% of the national GDP, far exceeding that of any other developed country. Yet these same countries out-perform the United States in many areas, such as life expectancy at birth and cost-related barriers to healthcare access. There is evidence that the U.S. health system has improved in some areas (e.g., the percentage of children receiving all recommended doses of vaccines), but other measurements indicate that the U.S has worsened in other areas (e.g., self-reported healthy days).
Our Healthcare Lab (H-Lab) student teams work on complex problems with host organizations in critical areas, including operations management, analytics, IT, delivery innovation, strategic marketing, organizational dynamics, etc., with an emphasis on healthcare delivery and improving health outcomes for the population.
H-Lab teams are generally composed of four MIT graduate students from Sloan and other MIT schools. Teams work for their host organizations on a four-month project engagement, remotely from MIT during the fall, and for up to three weeks, on-site (if feasible) at their host organizations in January. The host organizations collaborate with their student teams to define the project scope, develop work plans and determine the deliverables the teams will create.
H-Lab teams deliver significant, concrete value to their host organizations. Equally important are the unprecedented opportunities for students to apply their leading-edge classroom learning to complex health and healthcare issues in real time.