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Inside the Health Care Ecosystem: Strategic Insights for Business Leaders

May 21 – 24, 2019

Program Fee: $8,900

Location: Harvard Medical School, Boston Massachusetts

Stan Shaw, Associate Dean of Executive Education
  • Program Objectives

    By the end of this program, participants from any business sector (in, adjacent to, or impacting health care) will gain insights into the science and practice of medicine, and will be able to:

    • Describe real-world workflows within health care, with particular emphasis on the perspectives of the patient and provider. 
    • Identify challenges faced by all types of stakeholders within these workflows in order to determine solutions to shared problems and inefficiencies.
    • Explain the complex, converging forces shaping the current and future health care ecosystem in the context of the business of health care.
    • Apply new insights and program learnings to day-to-day work, as well as longer-term strategic priorities, to achieve broader adoption for the products and services their organization creates.
  • Curriculum

    Inside the Health Care Ecosystem is an intensive, experiential and interactive week-long learning experience. Participants learn from leading HMS faculty experts while they interact and network with a cohort of professional peers. Classroom sessions are augmented by pre-work and group discussions. The optional clinical immersion offers an exclusive opportunity to experience health care in action.

    Sample subject areas include: 

    Patient Perspectives:

    • Experiences of patients and caregivers
    • How patient experiences reveal unmet clinical needs and inspire avenues for research discovery
    • How patients decide where to seek care 

    Physician Perspectives:

    • The culture of medicine and the patient-doctor interaction
    • How doctors think
    • Real-world workflows and time pressures 
    • Unmet clinical needs
    • Changing makeup of care teams and care coordination

    Digital Health and Analytics:

    • New applications of non-traditional data for real-world evidence
    • Digital health tools for collection of patient-reported outcomes and patient-generated data
    • Applications of machine learning in health care
    •  Increasing access and sharing of health care data via FHIR standards, APIs and apps

    Health Care Economics:

    • Drivers of health care spending increases
    • Emerging paradigms in benefit re-design
    • Consumer engagement and transparency
    • New approaches to drug pricing

    New Trends in Care Delivery:

    • Rethinking where brick and mortar care occurs 
    • Telemedicine approaches that shift care in time and place
    • Perspectives from health care in different contexts, from academic medical centers, to community, to underserved populations
    • Genetics and precision medicine in clinical practice

    Hospital Management: Business of Care:

    • The business and strategy of health care: perspectives from the front lines of leadership
    • Pain points and threats to traditional care delivery models
    • Population health management to maximize value
    • Administrative burden and physician burnout
  • Clinical Immersion

    The deadline to apply for the clinical immersion has passed.

    Gain exclusive exposure to real-world workflows and health care delivery in action through Inside the Health Care Ecosystem’s opt-in immersion experience. This component of the program brings participants into world-leading Harvard teaching hospitals for firsthand observation and access. Due to the lead time necessary to process clearances, the deadline to apply for the clinical immersion experience was February 15 (additional application and screen process required).

  • Who is Right for this Program?

    Inside the Health Care Ecosystem is designed for health care business and science leaders, as well as leaders who are transitioning into the health care field. The program is appropriate for professionals who seek the latest perspectives into this dynamic and complex industry.

    Professionals from the following industry segments will benefit from this program:

    • Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
    • Health IT and digital health
    • Non-clinical leaders of health systems 
    • Health insurance and other payers
    • Professional service firms whose work impacts health care including investing, legal and consulting
  • Program Fee

    Core Program
    May 21 – 24, 2018
    Program Fee: $8,900

    Core Program with Clinical Immersion*
    May 20 – 24, 2018 
    Program Fee: $12,500

    *The “Clinical Immersion” component of the program will take place on May 20. It will feature a clinical immersion at a world-leading Harvard teaching hospital. Due to the lead time necessary to process clearances, the deadline to apply for the immersion experience is February 1. 

    Team Discount: 20% discount off core program price for teams of 3 or more. Please contact one of our program advisors to learn more at or 617-432-1538.

  • Download the Brochure

The program is led by Harvard Medical School faculty who are leaders and distinguished innovators in their fields. Through their research and clinical practice, they possess broad expertise and cutting-edge knowledge. Program faculty members include:

International Healthcare Innovation Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Executive Director, Health Technology Exploration Center, Beth Israel Lahey Health
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, External Education, Carl J. Shapiro Institute of Education and Research
Associate Program Director, BIDMC Internal Medicine Residency
Assistant Director, Medical Intensive Care Unite Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep, BIDMC
Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
Physician, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Physician and Researcher "Home Hospital", Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Vice President of Community Health and Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Instructor in Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Associate Professor of Health Care Policy and Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Hospitalist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Medical Director, Newton-Wellesley Physicians-Primary Care
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Patient Advocate & Activist, Artist, and Lung Cancer Survivor
Professor of Health Economics and Policy, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Harvard School of Public Health
Director, Center for Thoracic Cancers, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Physician Director, MGH Partners eCare (Epic)
Endocrinologist, Massachusetts General Hospital Diabetes Center