Digital Health

The future of health care is digital

Digital technologies and big data offer tremendous opportunities to improve health care. Taught by Harvard Medical School faculty, this Harvard Online course explores the opportunities and difficulties facing widespread adoption in the US and explores innovative frameworks to think strategically about adopting and implementing digital transformation in your organization.

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August 2022
4 weeks
3-4 hours per week
Program Dates
8/10/22 - 9/7/22
Certificate Price
Applications Close
August 1st, 2022
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What You'll Learn

Millions of data points are captured about your health every day, from the calories you burn during exercise and the time you spend watching TV to the tests taken at your doctor’s office. Digital technologies have transformed how we buy and listen to music and how we plan our travel. Can health care be next? 

Throughout the online course, you’ll take part in a fictional hackathon, working alongside other learners to determine which digital tools to invest in. Then, with the help of real-world case studies and protagonists, you become the judge and evaluate how well these companies 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 create health trends and solutions.

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

The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 14.25 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.

The course will be delivered via HBS Online’s course platform and immerse learners in real-world examples from experts at industry-leading organizations. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • 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

Your Instructor

Stanley Y. Shaw, MD, PhD is the Associate Dean for Executive Education at Harvard Medical School. In this role, he directs Harvard Medical School's programs for companies and individuals in the health care industry that provide insights into leadership behaviors and emerging technologies. These programs educate learners across diverse sectors of health care, such as tech, IT, biopharma, investing, and care delivery organizations. A practicing cardiologist, Dr. Shaw’s research studies how digital tools, bioinformatics, the gut microbiome, and patient-reported data can be leveraged to better assess health and disease.

Real World Case Studies

Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only.

Katherine Chou

Katherine Chou

Hear from the Director of Research & Innovations at Google on using health and AI data for social good.
Marcus Osborne

Marcus Osborne

Learn from the Senior Vice President of Walmart Health on using digital technologies to make health care more affordable and accessible.

Christine Lemke

Christine Lemke

Discover how to build a digital health company, like Evidation Health, focusing on providing value for the patients, providers, and investors.

Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy

Hear from the CEO of Omada Health on designing user-friendly digital tools for optimizing patient success.

Who Will Benefit

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Rising Leaders

Rising health care leaders across the industry who are managing, investing in, or developing solutions for digital transformation.

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Healthcare Investors and Consultants

Investors, bankers, and consultants interested in investing or working with innovative health care technologies.

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Tech Entrepreneurs

Developers and entrepreneurs wanting to create tools and technologies to improve health and health care.

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