Health Technology Exploration Center
A Foundation of Excellence
BIDMC's leadership and expertise in health care technology
With an unrivaled reputation for excellence in making patient care more technologically sophisticated, BIDMC is uniquely positioned to play a vital role in the future development of health care delivery systems and in the acceleration of introducing innovation to intractable challenges in health care, both in the U.S. and around the globe.
BIDMC was among the first hospitals in the world to concentrate on the use of computers for patient care, teaching, and medical research, launching the nation’s first online patient portal and one of the first hospital-based electronic health record systems. Today, the medical center’s wide range of core competencies, IT leadership, ability to attract top clinical and research talent, and established infrastructure enables us to continue to advance our vision of providing more efficient and effective care to patients everywhere.
Taking the Lead: John D. Halamka, M.D.
At the helm of HTEC is John D. Halamka, M.D., one of the most influential Technology figures in the world
The International Healthcare Innovation Professor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Halamka is chief information officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess health care system, senior vice president of information systems at BIDMC, and a practicing emergency physician. He is also chair of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network. In his role at BIDMC, Dr. Halamka is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative, and academic IT, serving about 3,000 physicians and more than one million patient visits per year. Dr. Halamka’s technological prowess has had a far-reaching impact, with collaborations with partners such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Harvard, MIT, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has also supported the George W. Bush administration, the Barack Obama administration, and national governments across the globe, from Europe to Asia to New Zealand to South Africa, helping to plan and implement their health care IT strategies.
The HTEC mission is to cultivate technology-driven partnerships across the globe; maximize seamless communication between BIDMC providers and patients around the world; and rapidly evaluate, develop, and disseminate a series of high- risk, high-reward innovations to solve real-world problems. The scalable technologies established and identified by HTEC will ultimately be shared with its global partners to enhance health care efficiency, quality, and safety—to improve lives and cure disease around the world.
Exploring Novel Technologies and Platforms
Modeled after sandbox start-up incubators, HTEC disseminates innovation at a fast pace. HTEC’s primary focus is on exploring new technologies, assessing which ones are scalable, and then sharing successful platforms with the rest of the world. Technologies will be tested in house with BIDMC’s proprietary, one-of-a-kind dynamic database of de-identified patient data that is HIPAA-compliant and mitigates compliance issues for rapid testing.
HTEC will allow us to use and expand on these novel technologies and platforms to solve real-world problems affecting the health care industry and medical community. For instance, we will explore:
- Engaging and empowering patients to manage their own health using mobile applications
- Optimizing medical decision making with dashboards and analytics
- Improving patient education and care through conversational interfaces (natural language)
- Enhancing patientclinician communication using new devices and programs
Supporting HTEC's Visionary Work
Worldwide momentum for health care reform and redesign has made the time ripe to build and expand upon BIDMC’s unique assets in clinical information technology.
With your generous philanthropic support, our recently launched HTEC would make investments in faculty, staff, and infrastructure to take our pioneering work in this field to the next level and to build our capacity for partnerships with organizations, both nationally and internationally, that are seeking to advance the care of their patients with powerful emerging technologies. HTEC would also generate leading-edge research to usher health care into an exciting new era of technological and systemic transformation, and provide training opportunities to extend our unique expertise to other parts of the world. Together, we can play a leadership role in defining what health care can—and should—be and ensure that more patients have access to a standard of excellence in health care.