Designing Sustainable eHealth Enterprises to Improve Quality of Care in Resource-poor Settings

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011 - $32,000

This grant supports the creation of a new course, the Sana eHealth Lab, in which cross-disciplinary teams of students from MIT and cross-registered students from Harvard engage international teams of students in partner universities with the goal of developing new businesses in health information and mobile technology to improve the quality of care in resource-poor settings. Using an open-source platform, students design solutions to problems brought to them by partner organizations in developing countries. The course includes weekly case studies and class discussion with leading experts in the field and practical workshops on how to partner with key stakeholders, how to craft and deliver project pitches, and how to write successful grant applications. Students are encouraged to apply to funding sources at MIT through the Public Service Center, Deshpande Center, Legatum Center, and the MIT $100k and IDEAS competitions.