Leveraging Health Care IT Investment
Thursday, December 15, 2016
|12:00 PM - 1:00 PM||US Eastern|
|11:00 AM - 12:00 PM||US Central|
|10:00 AM - 11:00 AM||US Mountain|
|9:00 AM - 10:00 AM||US Pacific|
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Recent years have seen massive investments in health IT. Yet most U.S. health care systems are still in the early stages of using those investments in their daily operations to improve the quality and reduce the cost of care.
What can be done to better leverage these IT investments to speed up and improve performance?
Harvard professors David Cutler and Robert Huckman, who have extensive experience analyzing innovations in health care delivery, argue that instead of measuring success by how far along a health system is in implementing a particular IT system, leaders need to consider how close they are to conducting analyses to answer pressing operational and delivery questions. For example, what proportion of eligible patients received a beta blocker following a heart attack? What percentage of operating room procedures were disrupted due to an undocumented but known patient condition, such as a latex allergy?
Prioritizing a list of such analyses allows a streamlined set of data to be gathered and processed, ideally with passive collection that minimizes disruption to a staff’s core activities. With these answers in hand, leaders can make meaningful operational improvements such as strategically reorganizing workflows.
On December 15, in a live, interactive Harvard Business Review webinar, Cutler and Huckman will share insights and lessons on how to leverage these huge IT investments to drive meaningful operational changes. They will lay out a process for making change happen and describe examples of where the process is being successfully implemented.
If your health care organization has invested heavily in health IT but hasn’t yet seen meaningful benefits, join Cutler, Huckman, and HBR for insights on leveraging these investments to their full potential.
About the Speakers
David Cutler is currently the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics and was named Harvard College Professor in 2014. Professor Cutler holds secondary appointments at the Kennedy School of Government and the School of Public Health.
Honored for his scholarly work and singled out for outstanding mentorship of graduate students, Professor Cutler's work in health economics and public economics has earned him significant academic and public acclaim. Professor Cutler served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration and advised the Presidential campaigns of Bill Bradley, John Kerry, and Barack Obama as well as being Senior Health Care Advisor for the Obama Presidential Campaign.
Professor Cutler was a key advisor in the formulation of the recent cost control legislation in Massachusetts, and is one of the members of the Health Policy Commission created to help reduce medical spending in that state.
Robert Huckman is the Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, the Faculty Chair of the HBS Healthcare Initiative, and the Chair of the MBA Required Curriculum. He currently teaches the second-year MBA course entitled Transforming Health Care Delivery and has previously taught both required and elective courses in Technology and Operations Management. Professor Huckman is the Faculty Chair of HBS' executive education program entitled Managing Health Care Delivery and a member of the teaching faculty for Business Innovations in Global Health Care. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Co-Chair of the management track of Harvard's doctoral program in health policy.
Professor Huckman received a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University and an A.B. in Public Policy, summa cum laude, from Princeton University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.