Healthcare Lab: MIT Students Change Health Organizations and Systems

Healthcare Lab: MIT Students Change Health Organizations and Systems


H-Lab is a unique
course in various ways. The people that take it
usually have a lot of passion, a lot of vibrant
spirit about desire to somehow affect this
industry and make it better. It’s a course that really is
all inclusive of the myriad of complexities of healthcare. I’m a physician
and what I wanted to do when I came to
Sloan was to learn more about capitalism
and business practices and the business of medicine. A lot of the people
that come to H-Lab come from the other direction. They know a lot about business,
but not about healthcare. And it’s a meeting
in the middle. It’s the beginning of a journey
for both those populations. We’ve had undergraduate
students in the class. We have MBA students,
PhD students in operations research,
mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, biology. We have Sloan Fellows so
Executive MBA programs. People that, within
their organizations, they may already
be an executive. That diversity of
thought really pushes you to think differently. The students work in teams
with a host organization, to solve a real
problem that matters to the organization,
that has impact, and that the senior leaders in
the organization care about. Working with the
students allowed us to have a think tank
where we could say, we’re really wrestling with this
issue around care management teams, can you help
us to find examples of highly effective
care management teams? And the students would
take these questions that we were wrestling with
and go off and do the research. I worked with CVS, and so
we got to meet personnel. We got to interview people. We got to really have access
to a wide range, top to bottom. We were working
with Minute Clinic, so we actually got to go and
meet Minute Clinic providers. We did a project
for MIT Medical. They wanted help with how they
handled referral management. It could be a very
large organization, like the Massachusetts
General Hospital, or startup size in my
case that are developing disruptive technologies. It was very pleasing
to hear that something that we worked on as a
team, just as students, was able to implement real
world change in a hospital. The poster session
is always a fun day because you just kind of get
to celebrate the work that you did all semester and see what
your classmates were up to. Once we secure our
funding we’re going to go back after those
students because it was a nice way for us to test
the students on a project basis and figure out what
their capabilities are. I have clarity
now that my future is at the intersection of
healthcare and technology, and I think the Healthcare
Lab has given me both the knowledge and the
connections that are required to make that happen. We’re already starting to see
these students that graduate from the course going into
key positions in the health innovation space or
healthcare delivery systems. Transforming health systems
is a monumental challenge but we have to
keep working at it. We have to succeed. It is one of the key challenges
of our world of our time.

Daniel Yohans

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