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Harvard Global Public Health & Technology Conf – May 1, 2010

Moving Beyond the Technology

www.globalphat.com

When: Saturday, May 1, 2010
Time: 8am – 7pm
Where: Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), 79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cost: $50 Standard Registration ($20 Full-Time Student)
Information and communications technologies (ICTs) have the potential to transform health delivery throughout the world, whether through the use of electronic health records to manage HIV/AIDS care in rural Uganda or mobile devices providing community health workers with decision support  in the field. Too often, however, this potential is not realized because undue emphasis is placed on the health technology in isolation, not in context.

Global PHAT 2010: Moving Beyond the Technology puts the health technology in context, focusing on human-centered, practical implementation strategies in developing country settings. This one day event brings together health technology implementers to examine the critical factors that make cutting edge technologies successful, including capacity building, partnership development, monitoring and evaluation, workflow and information flow optimization, and cultural contexts.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER – SPECIAL RATES APPLY FOR HARVARD STUDENTS!!

Confirmed Panel Sessions

  • Health Information Technology (HIT) Failures
  • Effective Electronic Medical Records (EMR) – Moving Beyond the Technology
  • Survey of Selected HIV Information Systems
  • Role of Technology in Disaster Response
  • Mobile Health (mHealth) for Community Health Worker (CHW) Programs: Implementation Insights

Confirmed Speakers – Just Announced!

  • Dr. Hamish Fraser, Director of Informatics and Telemedicine, Partners in Health (PIH)
  • Mike McKay, Former Country Director, Baobab Health, Malawi
  • Jonathan Jackson, Co-Founder and CEO, Dimagi
  • Josh Nesbit, Co-Founder and Executive Director, FrontlineSMS
  • Dr. Alvin B. Marcelo, Director of the University of Philippines National Telehealth Center
  • Prabhjot Dhadialla, Program Director for Health Systems, Development, and Research, Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Dr. Leo Anthony Celi, Founder, Moca
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Nov 16 Harvard Public Health & Technology Conference – Registration is open!

I am organizing the 2009 Public Health & Technology Conference hosted by the Harvard School of Public Health on Monday, November 16, 2009. See more details and register at our website: www.hsph.harvard.edu/phat. The full announcement is below…

Hope to see you there!

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2009 Harvard Public Health & Technology Conference
Monday, November 16, 2009
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
www.hsph.harvard.edu/phat

Registration for the 2009 PHAT Conference is now open at www.hsph.harvard.edu/phat! This event will be held at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center on Monday, Nov 16 and focuses on adoption of electronic health records, meaningful use, and patient empowerment. John Halamka, CIO of Boston CareGroup and Chair of the national HITSP Committee, and Adam Bosworth, Founder and CEO of Keas and former VP of Engineering at Google, will be speaking, along with David Cutler (Harvard Professor of Economics), Esther Dyson (23andme), Steve Lohr (NYTimes reporter on health and technology), John Moore (founder and president of Chilmark Research), Ashish Jha (HSPH associate professor of health policy & management), and others. Complete details are available on our website: www.hsph.harvard.edu/phat.

Standard registration is $75. Harvard faculty and staff is $20, and registration for full-time students is only $10. Tickets are limited, so register soon!

Please refer to our website or contact jpayne@hsph.harvard.edu for more information.

May 1 Public Health & Technology Conference Postponed Due to Public Health Threat

Oh, the irony. The first PHAT Conference postponed due to the H1N1 virus.

At 10:58pm on Thursday, April 30, the Harvard School of Public Health sent the following notice:

Classes are cancelled Friday May 1 for HSPH and HMS students while public health authorities continue their investigation of student interactions on the Longwood Campus following the discovery of a possible case of H1N1 flu in a student at Harvard School of Dental Medicine where classes are also cancelled. Students are asked to minimize social contact on the campus until more is known.

The decision to postpone the conference did not come until 9am the morning of May 1. The delay was due to uncertainty as to whether events attended by non-HSPH people should also be cancelled. In the end, all events were also cancelled due to safety concerns.

We are grateful for the tremendous amount of interest in the conference and for the help of all our volunteers. We plan to reschedule the conference as soon as possible. I will post updates about the conference at www.hsph.harvard.edu/phat and on this blog.

Julio Frenk, former Mexican Minister of Health and HSPH Dean, submitted a NY Times op-ed on April 30 entitled Mexico’s Fast Diagnosis stating that approximately 10,000 Mexicans die each year due to the flu. There have now been 140 confirmed cases of swine flu in the US.

By the end of Friday, May 1, there were 2 confirmed cases among dental students and 7 probable cases. All are recovering well.

Ashish Jha on Digitization of Health Records in the US

Ashish Jha, Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and practicing physician at the VA, discussed the digitization of health records on NPR’s OnPoint on Wednesday, April 22. You can hear the entire episode here at OnPoint Radio’s site: http://www.onpointradio.org/2009/04/tracking-electronic-medical-records. My favorite quote, in response to why automate a broken system rather than fix the fundamental problem:

“We can’t fix the healthcare system without IT, but IT alone can’t fix it.”

Dr. Ashish Jha also recently published an excellent article entitled Use of Electronic Health Records in U.S. Hospitals in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Jha and colleagues found that only 1.5% of hospitals have comprehensive electronic medical record (EMR) systems and an additional 7.6% have basic EMR systems. Hospitals cited capital costs and high maintenance costs as primary obstacles to adoption. President Obama’s plan for every American to have an electronic health record by 2014 appears even more ambitious in light of these numbers.

Dr. Ashish Jha will be speaking at the Public Health & Technology Conference on Friday, May 1 at the Harvard School of Public Health. Details of the conference and free registration are available here: www.hsph.harvard.edu/phat.