Introduction to Digital Health and Strategy: Leveraging Emerging Technologies in Healthcare
This program is suitable for attendees at all executive levels who are working in the rapidly evolving fields of life science innovation, pharmaceutical and device research, health tech investment and other related industries.
“Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the program content is more pertinent to healthcare organizations than ever before. To adapt, we have changed our popular in-person Digital Health Strategy program to be delivered fully online. While previously designed to provide a substantive course of action for your organization in digital health technologies and techniques, we have reshaped the conversation around digital health strategy in the age of COVID-19.”
Stan KachnowskiDirector of the Digital Health Program Series
Meet Faculty Co-Director Stan Kachnowski as he introduces the Digital Health Strategy program.
Definition and Relevance
- Participants examine the complex and rapidly changing landscape of digital health and how to develop a digital health strategy for success.
- Through an in-depth analysis, they identify the strengths and weaknesses of their organization’s digital health readiness and strategy relative to competition.
- In the second half of the day, participants learn about the role digital health plays in their organization, and begin to design a new strategy based leveraging a new digital health strategy toolkit.
“It was refreshing to have a healthcare-centric program with outstanding leaders from the hospital and private sector discussing their businesses and perspectives. The networking opportunities were another benefit and I actually discussed a collaboration with one participant and met offline with another participant who also happens to be a physician. There are not many physicians that actually seek out business school and learn how to build and manage a company. Medical school does not prepare physicians to become business leaders or CEOs of a company or teach physicians how to finance an idea or take an idea to market. I am impressed with the way Columbia continues to reach out to me and keep me informed of lectures and meetings and I must say [Faculty Director] Stan Kachnowski is incredible with the way he gets on a Zoom or phone call to check-in. I am very happy with my Columbia Business School/HITLAB experience.”
“As an entrepreneur running a digital health startup company, I was worried I would have already known most of the contents prior to taking this class. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the comprehensiveness of the contents and quality of the speakers delivered in this course. The networking arrangements were also great.”
“This course helped me understand the changes happening in US healthcare and think through how they might help developing countries improve their health outcomes and achieve universal health coverage. I became more effective in identifying digital heath opportunities for the developing country clients we serve.”
“The difference between being good and great often comes down to preparation and early adoption. Insights from the Digital Health Strategy program can help better prepare your organization for the fast moving tech transformation in healthcare.”
“I just joined a health innovations organization. The Digital Health Strategy program was a good orientation into the health innovations market. I particularly liked the experience of interacting with other executives in the field. Appreciating their experiences has built my confidence in what I am doing. I now know what I am targeting and what might not work.”
Years of Management Experience
Professor of Business and Faculty Director, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program
Columbia Business School
Carri Chan is a professor of Business in the Decision, Risk, and Operations division at Columbia Business School. Her research is in the area of healthcare operations management. Her primary focus is in data-driven modeling of complex stochastic systems, efficient algorithmic design for queuing systems, dynamic control of stochastic processing systems, and statistical and econometric analysis of healthcare systems. Chan’s research combines empirical and stochastic modeling to develop evidence-based approaches to improve patient flow through hospitals. She has worked with clinicians and administrators in numerous hospital systems including Northern California Kaiser Permanente, New York Presbyterian, and Montefiore Medical Center. She spent the 2019-2020 academic year on sabbatical at the Value Institute at NY Presbyterian Hospitals. Chan is the recipient of a 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award and the 2016 Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) Wickham Skinner Early Career Award. She received her BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Professor of Health Information Management in the division of Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
Professor Stan Kachnowski, PhD MPA CSEP, an Oxford-trained researcher, has taught over 5,000 students from Columbia University, IIT-Delhi, and Quinnipiac College. His teaching and research over the past 25 years include educating graduate-level and executive students on four continents and conducting extensive studies on the efficacy and diffusion of digital health, including electronic data capture, ePRO, wearables, and predictive algorithms.
Kachnowski has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers and presentations for national and international journals and societies in digital health development, management, and diffusion. He was selected as a fellow to CHIME in 1998. In 2003, he received a letter of commendation for teaching excellence from the dean of the School of Public Health at Columbia University. Professor Kachnowski was named a fellow to England’s Royal Society of Medicine for his research demonstrating the outcomes effectiveness of using the Palm Pilot in managing haemophilia patients in 2005. Professor Kachnowski has received grant funding from a wide-ranging groups of sponsors, including over a dozen nations, AARP, WHO, USAID, Gates and Dell Foundations, and most of the top 20 global life science companies. Over the past 25 years, he has also served as interim CTO for life science organizations, including Eyetech and Oncology.com. He currently serves on the board of directors for Oursmedicina, The Hudson Center for Health Equity, and Aptus Health.
Professor Kachnowski holds Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees from the University of Vermont and a Doctorate from the University of Oxford and is an alumnus of Columbia Business School's Advanced Management Program.
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At Columbia Business School Executive Education, you’ll be able to customize a unique learning experience by selecting programs that best interest you and are most suited for your needs. Any completed program, regardless of format (live online, in-person, or online), will count towards the Certificate in Business Excellence.
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Do CIBE credits expire?
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I’ve reached 18 CIBE credits, what’s next?
Congratulations! You should receive a digital copy of your certificate at the end of your program. If you do not receive a copy from your program manager, kindly contact your Learning Solutions representative or your program manager for next steps.
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Are there preferred pricing options available for live online programs?
Yes, preferred pricing is available for groups of two or more. To inquire, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a Columbia Business School alumni am I eligible for tuition benefit?
Columbia Business School alumni and up to four of their colleagues are eligible for a 25 percent tuition benefit for this program. More on the Alumni Tuition Benefit.
Will there be any homework or assignments?
For select programs, there will be some assignments to complete after the end of select program sessions. Assignments will typically consist of readings, self-reflections, and brief assessments. This approach is designed to help you practice your learnings.
How long will assignments take?
We do not expect that homework assignments will take up a large amount of time to complete.
Will there be any examinations or grades?
There will be no examinations or grades for our live online programs.
When will I receive information on how to log in?
You will receive your login information immediately before the program start date. Kindly reach out to your Program Manager for further instructions on how to prepare and log in for the program.
What platform do you use to deliver live online programs?
We use the Zoom platform.
Will sessions be recorded?
Most live online sessions (depending on the faculty and program) will be recorded and will be available for you upon request. In-person programs are not recorded.
How long will they be available for?
Recordings will be available for the duration of the program. Depending on the program, some recordings may have additional availability post-program.
How do I gain access to the recordings?
Your Program Manager will provide you with further instructions on how to gain access to recorded sessions.
How do participants network during the live online programs? Will I participate in group work?
Our live online programs are fully virtual and highly interactive. Most programs also feature small group work for a high-touch learning experience. The virtual program experience allows participants to feel comfortable and productive learning at home while preserving the interconnectivity of an in-person program.
What are the networking opportunities during the live online sessions?
Yes. Examples of this may include: virtual lunches, virtual receptions, use of the chat function, and virtual office hours for you to connect with participants and faculty. Please refer to the agenda of the specific live online program you are interested in for details.
Live Online Format
What are live online programs?
Now, more than ever, executives need the knowledge and insights to help them adapt to change and solve complex problems. As the business world has evolved, we have applied new best practices to continuously improve your learning experience. With our live online programs, we are taking select in-person programs and are translating them to a fully live and virtual format, delivering the same interactive sessions with faculty and real-time application of the knowledge you would experience in person.
What is the difference between live online and online programs?
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What does “live online” mean?
Live online programs are fully virtual, highly interactive programs taking place in real-time, often featuring small group work for a high-touch learning experience. Our Columbia Business School faculty stream to you live and virtually, no matter where you are located.
Are all live online programs the same in terms of format and length?
No. Please refer to the agenda of the specific live online program you are interested in. For any questions, please reach out to the Contact person listed on the program's web page.
Do I have to attend all live sessions?
Participants are expected to attend all sessions. However, we understand that participants may have scheduling conflicts. Kindly let us know in advance whenever possible and your Program Manager would be happy to discuss how we can help you get up to speed. We will also record most faculty sessions, which you can review upon request.
Will I need to attend the live sessions even if I’m based in a different time zone?
You are required to attend all live sessions even if you are based in a different time zone. (Kindly reach out to the Learning Solutions team to learn more about our asynchronous program offerings, which consist predominantly of pre-recorded videos that you can watch on your own time).
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