Health Information Systems to Improve Quality of Care in Resource-Poor Settings

Photo of a health care worker taking a photo of the inside of a patient's mouth using a cell phone.

Mobile health technologies often leverage the cell phone's capabilities. Here, a community health worker and a dentist in India work together to identify and photograph pre-cancerous lesions to screen for oral cancer. (Photo courtesy of Sana.)


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Spring 2012


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

This course is a collaborative offering of Sana, Partners in Health, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). The goal of this course is the development of innovations in information systems for developing countries that will (1) translate into improvement in health outcomes, (2) strengthen the existing organizational infrastructure, and (3) create a collaborative ecosystem to maximize the value of these innovations. The course will be taught by guest speakers who are internationally recognized experts in the field and who, with their operational experiences, will outline the challenges they faced and detail how these were addressed.

This OCW site combines resources from the initial Spring 2011 offering of the course (numbered HST.184) and the Spring 2012 offering (numbered HST.S14).

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Leo Celi, Hamish Fraser, Peter Szolovits, and Ken Paik. HST.S14 Health Information Systems to Improve Quality of Care in Resource-Poor Settings. Spring 2012. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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