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HST.921 / HST.923 Information Technology in the Health Care System of the Future, Spring 2003

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SNPs: Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy Human Genome Program,

Highlights of this Course

In addition to an extensive bibliography, this course features recent student and faculty project topics and project background information.

Course Description

The healthcare system in the US has been in the midst of a rapid transition in response to changing trends and patterns of care. The growing emphasis on evidence-based medical practice, continuous quality improvement, clinical and cost-effectiveness, and risk management have led to a sea change in medical practice that has been stressful for clinicians, patients, and administrators. As care becomes more tightly managed, it becomes a challenge for clinicians, administrators, and patients to balance time, money, resources, and clinical outcomes. Can emerging technologies help solve these complex problems? How has the demise of the industry effected these trends and slowed the proliferation of potential solutions?

This innovative, trans-faculty course will teach the student how information technologies are shaping and redefining the health care marketplace through examining aspects related to 1) improved economies of scale, 2) greater technical and business efficiencies in the delivery of care to patients, 3) advanced tools for patient education and self-care, 4) network integrated decision support tools for clinicians, and 5) e-health applications and e-commerce.

Students are required to take this course in conjunction with HST.923, the tutorial/practicum portion of the course, where they will work in interdisciplinary teams (including students in medicine, business, law, engineering, computer science, media, public health, and government) to analyze, develop, and present an innovative solution to a current or future clinical management program or health care problem which will incorporate (but is not limited to) management techniques, services, and technologies as presented during lectures and laboratories.


Dr. Steven Locke
Dr. Bryan Bergeron
Prof. Jeffrey Blander
Dr. Daniel Sands

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
1.5 hours / session

Labs / Tutorials:
One session / week
1.5 hours / session




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