The Lab’s mission involves educating others and widely communicating the role that ICT can play in improving healthcare delivery and outcomes. To accomplish this, HIT Lab researchers design executive, MBA, public health and other educational programs that outline key health ICT research, industry trends and market dynamics. We teach a range of audiences, including individuals from academic, government, non-profit and corporate backgrounds.
HITLAB’s graduate seminar is a course designed to help students successfully assess, select, deploy and manage various health information systems, and comprehend the healthcare information policy and management issues inherent to today’s healthcare organizations.
HITLAB also develops executive seminars that provide in-depth detail about specific technologies, trends or market segments for government, academic and corporate audiences.
Below is an overview (originally posted here) of one recent seminar presented to the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Disaster response efforts: Researching deployment strategies
When a natural disaster strikes, providing emergency medical care and other forms of support is top priority. But it is crucial to avoid letting the urgency of the moment obscure the need for real-time monitoring and evaluation. As researchers, HITLAB places a high value on efforts to learn lessons from disaster-response activities. After all, investigating what strategies, tactics and technologies worked or didn’t work can yield critical takeaways to make response efforts faster, safer and more effective in the next emergency.
What is the best approach to research disaster-response efforts? What protocols can be put in place before a hurricane or earthquake hits, to strengthen investigations afterward? When is the best time to conduct an evaluation? It’s tempting to wait until the smoke has cleared before considering the impact of relief efforts. However, if we wait too long – or if protocols are not designed into the process of deploying interventions – critical information sources may evaporate.