What you'll learn

  • Understand how digital technologies can address critical pain points in health care

  • Learn how to think about applications of collecting and using data to inform health care, and the privacy risks and analytical pitfalls unique to health care data

  • Explore the opportunities and difficulties of enabling digital approaches, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, apps, and sensors

  • Navigate the systemic barriers and often conflicting needs of health care stakeholders in bringing digital technologies to market

  • Become adept at analyzing gaps in health care that can be closed with technology and data

Course description

Millions of health-related data points are captured every day, from individual-level information collected by our personal devices and tests at the doctor's office to population-level data about disease prevalence and treatment outcomes. Digital technologies have transformed how we buy and listen to music and how we plan our travel. Can health care be next? 

Throughout this online course, you’ll take part in a fictional hackathon, working alongside other learners to determine which digital tools to invest in. With the help of real-world case studies and protagonists, you will become the judge and evaluate how well the hackathon competitors fit the needs of patients, physicians, payers, and, ultimately, future health care ecosystems. In doing so, you’ll consider the impact digital tools have on patients, providers, and payers to understand how data tracking and digital technologies can improve patient care, enhance communications between doctors and patients, increase employee benefits and happiness, and share data to track health trends and develop solutions.

Can you transform health care with the touch of a mouse?

The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have access to claim their credits through the Harvard Medical School’s continuing education platform.


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