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How Apple defined the smartphone, and why healthcare innovators should care

Please note that this blog was originally posted on www.christenseninstitute.org on May 4, 2017

People use the term “Disruptive Innovation” to mean a lot of different things, but it actually has a very specific definition. Disruptive Innovation is not the kind of innovation that makes good products better. It’s the kind that takes a product that’s historically been so expensive and complicated or inconvenient that few people can use it, and transforms it into one that’s so simple and affordable that a great many can do so. Examples include TurboTax tax preparation software, which disrupted accountants, and Netflix, which disrupted retail video stores.

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Interactive Video Blog Series: Technology Adoption in Healthcare Education

Interactive Video Blog Series: Technology Adoption in Healthcare Education with Neil Mehta, Brent Thoma and Julian Genkins

In this video series, Dr. Neil Mehta, Assistant Dean of Education Technology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine interviews Julian Genkins, a medical student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Dr. Brent Thoma of the University of Saskatchewan. First the three discuss online communities of practice and challenges for both students and faculty to adopting technology in healthcare education. Next, Julian and Brent share some exciting examples of creative technological tools. Finally, the conclude with predictions for the future of successful technology implementation in higher education. All three teach with us in our Healthcare Education 2.0 Course – come learn how you can meet your educational challenges with creative technology use .


Applications are now being accepted for our 2017 course, learn more and apply here: http://www.harvardmacy.org/index.php/hmi-courses/hce2-0 

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It Takes a Community to Raise a Tweet Chat

Just like how it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a community to raise a tweet chat.

 On the morning of May 3rd, I checked Twitter for the announcement of the May Harvard Macy (HMI) tweet chat. I typed in #hmichat and right at the top of the results I found the announcement. I read on - the session would be led by Andrew Linn, Brent Thoma, and Zineb Nouns. I had no idea who these people were, but that's the great thing about HMI chat.

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What was discussed during #HMIchat May 2017

What was discussed during #HMIchat May 2017 on Systems Approaches to Assessment

Our 16th twitter chat began on Wednesday, May 3rd, at 9 pm eastern standard time. This #hmichat was focused on systems approaches to assessment and was moderated by:

Andrew Linn (Assessment '12, Leaders '13, Digital '15)

Brent Thoma (Educators '14, Assessment '14) 

Zineb Nouns (Assessment '14, Leaders '16)

These colleagues helped us dive into this powerful topic.


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IHI Open School Releases New Guide on Integrating Quality and Safety into the Curriculum

Since the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) launched the IHI Open School in 2008, more than 1,500 universities and hospitals have integrated the IHI Open School online courses into curricula and training programs to bring essential skills in quality improvement and patient safety to students, trainees, and all levels of staff. Based on lessons and advice from hundreds of educators, the new IHI Open School Faculty Guide: Best Practices in Curriculum Integration offers a roadmap to building a quality and safety training program with help from the Open School courses.

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