Topic: health technology

Working the (health) system

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] A standard medical test that could have been done for a tenth of the cost. A doctor’s momentary lapse in attention that led to grievous injury—or even death. An upside-down health care bureaucracy that makes poor patients pay…

Questioning our enchantment with high technology

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] After spending more than 25 years as a doctor—eventually becoming physician in-chief at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital— Howard Hiatt knew firsthand the limitations of U.S. health care: a penchant for expensive, high-tech treatments, lack of rigorous evaluation of…

Mobile app for sexual health recognized at Deans' Challenge

May 28, 2013 — A proposal for a mobile phone app to help college students manage their sexual health was named second runner-up in Harvard’s inaugural Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge, hosted by the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-Lab). The mobile phone…

Cell phone data mining dubbed “breakthrough technology”

Caroline Buckee’s research on mining cell phone data to track how people’s movements correlate with the spread of disease has been named one of the top 10 “breakthrough technologies” for 2013 by MIT’s Technology Review magazine. Research published in October 2012 in…

Doctors, hospitals increasing use of electronic health records

Hospitals nearly tripled their use of electronic health records (EHR) systems between 2010 and 2012, according to a new study co-authored by [[Ashish Jha]] of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The authors found that 44% of hospitals report having at least…