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Upcoming Events

  • HSI Seminar on February 20: Designing a Modern Health System, with Stacey Chang

    Stacey Chang, Executive Director of the Design Institute for Health at the University of Texas at Austin

    February 20, 2020, 11:45-1:00, E62-450. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP

    We rarely get the opportunity to build modern health systems from scratch.  A large-scale effort in Austin, Texas has given rise to a model that is having influence both nationally and internationally, anchored in an approach that overlaps systems thinking and human-centered design. The emerging model features a few unique highlights:

    • Clinical models designed to optimize outcomes instead of fee-for-service billing
    • Community-based models that anchor on social and behavioral influences on health
    • A regional effort to comprehensively remake the public mental health system
    • A historical perspective on building health systems from first principles
    • A set of tools for engaging in complex systems design  

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  • HSI Seminar on February 27: Using advanced data sciences to empower clinical decision makers: inferring insulin regimen from clinical notes, with Steven Spear and Monisha Pushpanathan

    Steven Spear, Senior Lecturer, System Dynamics and Monisha Pushpanathan, SM '20, Systems Design and Management

    February 27, 2020, 11:45-1:00, E62-450, Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP 

    The focus of this talk is on augmenting the decision making of clinicians so they can more quickly arrive at tailored diagnoses and treatment plans for individual patients. Historically clinicians' capability reflected their individual experience only. Now data repositories contain enough collective experience, that, if tapped effectively, clinicians’ abilities could increase dramatically. We assess text mining techniques to infer past treatment decisions and results for Type 2 Diabetes insulin regimens by converting difficult to access information in unstructured clinical notes into a structured format using machine learning techniques, making it suitable for effective research and analysis.This research is part of an ongoing effort to determine what insights can be acquired from written patient and caregiver recorded experience. Type 2 Diabetes was chosen as the target condition because it affects many patients, yet causality—the relationship between genotypical, phenotypical, and experiential characteristics and symptoms – is poorly mapped. If we can gain better insights into diabetes, other diseases—seizures, migraines, for example—invite similar investigation.

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  • MIT Sloan Healthcare and BioInnovations Conference, February 27 & 28

    Join us for the 18th annual MIT Sloan Healthcare and BioInnovations Conference on Feb. 27 - 28, 2020, an event that brings together industry, academic, investment, and policy leaders from around the healthcare eco-system to discuss how patient-centricity is evolving the way we think about monitoring, diagnosing, and delivering healthcare.

    Enjoy hearing from 30+ speakers and panelists from industry luminaries to serial entrepreneurs. You will also have the opportunity to see MIT's most promising start-ups compete for $20K+ in prize money, learn about cutting edge research, and form connections across the broader healthcare community.

    To purchase tickets or learn more, including agenda, panel topics, and speaker biographies, visit

  • HSI Seminar on March 12: The transformation of the electronic health record, with John Glaser

    John Glaser, PhD; Former CIO, Partners Healthcare; Former CEO, Siemens Health Services; Lecturer, Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania

    March 12, 2020, 11:45-1:00, E62-450

    The electronic health record (EHR) has long served as the foundation information technology support of care delivery. As a result of changes in the business model of health care and relentless advances in the technology, the nature of the EHR will undergo significant change.

    Specifically, EHR architecture will shift from a focus on a patient’s record to a patient’s care plan, from transaction-oriented to intelligence-oriented, from application-centric to platform-centric, and from medical care-focused to health-focused. We will discuss these transitions and review the ramifications for EHR suppliers and users.

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  • HSI Seminar on April 16: with Prof. Erin Kelly

    Erin Kelly, PhD; Sloan Distinguished Professor of Work and Organization Studies

    April 16, 2020, 11:45-1:00, E62-450

  • HSI Seminar on April 23: with Rami Karjian

    Rami Karjian, Co-Founder, President & COO at Medically Home

    April 23, 2020, 11:45-1:00, E62-450

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