6.884 Telemedicine and Telehealth for Enhancing Global Health


Graduate Level (also offered under HST.S58)
Units: 3-0-9
Instructor:  Dr. Amar Gupta (agupta@mit.edu)
Schedule: T3:30-5, room 4-257
This subject qualifies as an Artificial Intelligence concentration subject.
Telehealth is poised for double digit growth and widespread adoption within the next decade. The remote delivery of healthcare services, fueled by advances in communication and mobile health technologies, has been shown to provide improved outcomes and quality at a reduced per-capita cost. In the wake of the Affordable Care Act, this shift motivates research into both technical and non-technical aspects of telemedicine from the first stage of the patient/physician connection to the later stages of nationwide telehealth data systems.
Based on the background and interest of the students who enroll for this subject, specific topics that are envisaged to be covered in this course include: (i) interoperability, security, privacy, and data analytics issues related to telemedicine and digital health; (ii) delineation of different niches of this evolving industry; (iii) evolution of telehealth concepts in the US and the impact of divergent and patchwork regulations in US states; (iv) strategies for surmounting the challenge of integrating and analyzing medical data from heterogeneous systems and formats; (v) licensing and credentialing issues in the context of developing new approaches for nationwide telehealth data systems; (vi) identifying technical solutions to current barriers in evolving telemedicine concepts; (vii) assessing telemedicine prototype systems that have been deployed in other parts of the world and the funding models used to sustain them; (vii) issues and opportunities related to establishing telemedicine startups.
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