The Health Information Technology Symposium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the only in-depth executive education event on health information technology in the United States. The HIT Symposium will bring together leading technologists; federal, state and local officials and regulators; academic and foundation experts; employer and health plan representatives; healthcare providers, including hospital leaders and physicians; community leaders; and technology vendors. The HIT Symposium will address a range of issues from national HIT policy to practical approaches to RHIO formation and EHR implementation.

  • To provide an overview of health information technology initiatives in the United States past, present and future
  • To analyze the role of government in transforming health care through information technology
  • To assess whether privacy and security issues might frustrate national health information technology initiatives
  • To articulate the employer perspective regarding the role of health information technology in controlling costs and enhancing quality
  • To describe and analyze the complex infrastructure of government efforts to support the dispersion of health information technology
  • To present the possible roles of consultants and vendors in the health information technology movement in the United States
  • To share what we can learn from the experience of other countries
  • To share and describe how to use the tools in the Markle Foundation's Connecting for Health Common Framework
  • To share and describe how to use the tools in the eHealth Initiative's Connecting Communities Tool Kit
  • To provide an in-depth overview of the issues raised by the acquisition and implementation of electronic health records systems
  • To describe current issues regarding E-Prescribing and CPOE
  • To investigate and assess current state and community-based efforts to foster interoperability
  • To share successful health information technology case studies
  • To speculate regarding the potential role of health information technology in national health reform
  • Clinicians
  • Hospitals and Other Healthcare Providers
  • Health Plans
  • Employers and Healthcare Purchasers
  • State, Regional and Community-Based Health Information Organizations
  • Public Health
  • Pharma, Biotechnology and Devices
  • Healthcare IT Consultants, Suppliers and Vendors
  • State and Federal Policy Makers
  • Health Services Researchers
  • Academics

The Harvard Health Policy Review, www.HHPR.org, is dedicated to broadening awareness of health policy issues. HHPR aims to educate people about healthcare policy and to stimulate thinking about the pressing health care questions facing the nation and the world. The HHPR is published by Exploring Policy in Health Care at Harvard (EPIHC), an organization of Harvard undergraduates whose main purpose is to encourage discussion of health policy issues on the Harvard campus. The HHPR is supported by the University-wide Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy.

Health Affairs, www.HealthAffairs.org, is the leading journal of health policy thought and research. Health Affairs is a multidisciplinary journal covering a wide range of health issues. Topics covered include: access to care, health spending, quality, Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drug coverage and costs, physician practice, nursing trends, mental health, malpractice and health law, insurance reform, hospitals, global health, and disparities in health care, among others. Health Affairs is frequently cited by national media, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, network television and radio, and National Public Radio. The January 12, 2005 The Washington Post cited Health Affairs as "the bible of health policy."

The MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation (CBI), http://web.mit.edu/cbi/, is a new Institute-wide collaboration of faculty from the MIT Schools of Engineering, Management, and Science, the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology (HST), and their counterparts from government and industry. CBI is identifying, researching and enabling the implementation of innovative methodologies and approaches which will transform the discovery, development and distribution of accessible therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices.

The MIT Center for eBusiness, http://ebusiness.mit.edu, was created by the MIT Sloan School of Management to provide leadership for faculty, students, and industry interested in Internet-enabled business. Developments in this field are transforming the economy, while creating new opportunities and challenges. Their mission is to be the leading academic source of innovation in management theory and practice for eBusiness. They have established a large-scale research program, involving over 50 faculty, participating in 54 projects, and funded by generous industry support. The Center for eBusiness at MIT builds on over 30 years of MIT research on the Internet and its predecessors.


The HIT Symposium takes place on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. U.S. News & World Report ranks MIT as No. 1 in undergraduate engineering and in the following graduate programs: aeronautics and astronautics, chemical, computer, electrical, materials, mechanical and nuclear engineering.


The Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences is home to the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Designed by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, Stata is meant to create an innovative and serendipitous spirit, and to foster interaction and collaboration across many disciplines. Writing in the Boston Globe, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Robert Campbell called the building "a work of architecture that embodies serious thinking about how people live and work, and at the same time shouts the joy of invention."

The MIT Museum is the place to begin exploring over 150 years of education and research at the forefront of science, engineering, and technology. From the exhibit on Artificial Intelligence to the country's largest display of Arthur Ganson's much-loved gestural sculptures, to the cutting edge Emerging Technologies Gallery, visitors are engaged, entertained and educated by what they find at the MIT Museum.

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