It's about impact

At HSI, our goal is impact. We partner with academic medical centers, accountable care organizations (ACO), global health organizations, policymakers, and health innovators around the world. We collaborate with private sector and nonprofit partners on pivotal work that will have profound implications across healthcare systems. We study process improvement and the correlations between spending levels and quality outcomes--evaluating local and global health policy, and investigating methods for analyzing large quantities of health data.

Case in point: Dr. Sahar Hashmi

One of the first recipients of the MIT Sloan Healthcare Certificate, PhD student Dr. Sahar Hashmi, SM ’11, is dedicated to medicine, teaching, and helping domestic violence victims. A medical doctor, a graduate of the MIT System Design and Management program, and a full-time PhD candidate in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division, she is a recipient of the Hugh Hampton Young Memorial Fund Fellowship, which recognizes both academic achievement and the perceived potential of the candidate to have a positive impact on humanity. In 2013 Hashmi also received MIT’s Bridge Builder Award, which honors civic leaders who have formed partnerships across racial, social, economic, and geographic barriers for the betterment of their communities.

Sahar Hashmi shared her perspectives on the impact of the Healthcare Certificate Program:

“In the Healthcare Certificate Program we are required to work with a healthcare management company, hospital, or clinic to complete course requirements. The projects are team-based and allow people from various backgrounds with different skill sets to work together to achieve the goal of solving a specific issue that the CEO of the hospital or the management team is experiencing.

I really enjoyed this portion of the program as it allowed me to select a problem that currently exists in hospitals and perform operations management research to form recommendations to help solve that particular challenge. The work is pragmatic and challenging, and we are dealing with a real-life dilemma—not a theoretical case study. For instance, in one of the field projects, I was able to provide some useful feedback to a primary care clinic to solve the weekend patient scheduling problem faced by the physicians.

Similarly, by working with a team of my classmates, I was able to help provide detailed insights into the problem of patient no-shows in a diabetes clinic. My team recommended specific interventions geared toward resolving this problem.

Through these experiences, I learned that the healthcare system features so much variation in delivering care processes and in managing each disease that it is almost impossible to standardize these processes in the system. Nevertheless, this is the ideal goal of healthcare management.” more