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It is said that the Internet changes everything.
Andy Grove of Intel claims that soon "all companies will be Internet companies." John Doerr, a leading Silicon Valley venture capitalist, observes "think of this (the emergence of the Internet) as just a few milliseconds after the Big Bang. We only barely discern the laws of physics, the business models that are going to work . . . .(The Internet) helps us entertain and inform and educate and inspire and sell and make community." The transformational nature of the Internet remains strong, even with the inevitable failures and consolidations of the first generation of entrepreneurial Internet companies. The healthcare sector lags behind other industries in adoption of the Internet. Even so, the Net is empowering consumers, transforming the patient-physician relationship, connecting plans and providers and changing forever the healthcare supply chain through e-commerce. During this unique educational experience, you will develop the knowledge, tools and strategies to bring yourself and your institution fully into the Internet Age.

The Colloquium takes place on the campus of Harvard University.http://www.harvard.edu/ Morning and afternoon classes are held in Room G115 of Maxwell Dworkin Hall, http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/1999/10.14/dworkin.html Harvard's new computer science building, funded primarily by Microsoft's Founder and Chairman, Bill Gates, III ( Harvard '77) and Microsoft's President, Steve Ballmer (Harvard '77). Room G115 is uniquely constructed to offer broad band Internet access to all Colloquium participants. Lunches and discussion groups will be held at the Harvard Faculty Club. http://www.hfc.harvard.edu/ The Colloquium hotel is The Inn at Harvard. http://www.theinnatharvard.com/

Sunday, August 20 through Friday, August 25. Registration and personal computer configuration begin on Saturday, August 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and continue on Sunday, August 20 from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. The Colloquium commences on Sunday, August 20, with a mini-course on the basics of the healthcare Internet from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Colloquium adjourns at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 25.

Applicants must be senior clinicians, executives, innovators, entrepreneurs or advisors in healthcare. There is no requirement that enrollees have any background in the Internet. The program on Sunday, August 20, is designed to offer an overview of the Internet and the World Wide Web, and an interactive tour of the healthcare Internet. It is anticipated that enrollees will make best efforts to participate actively and fully in all sessions of the Colloquium. Each enrollee must bring a personal computer which meets minimum software requirements, at least Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape v.4.x, for use in the classroom.

Who Should Attend

  • Senior Clinicians Engaged in Medical and Ancillary Practice
  • Trustees of Health Care Organizations
  • Healthcare Purchaser Representatives
  • Health Insurance and Health Plan Executives
  • Hospital and Health System Administrators
  • IPA and Medical Group Managers
  • Healthcare Consultants, Venture Capitalists and Investment Bankers
  • Healthcare Attorneys and In House Counsel
  • Healthcare Internet Innovators and Entrepreneurs
  • Health Service Researchers and Health Policy Experts
  • Registered Nurses

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What You Will Learn
  • The Basics of the Internet and the World Wide Web
  • The Organization of the Healthcare Internet and Its Most Prominent Web Sites
  • The Healthcare Internet and the Emergence of the Informed Consumer
  • The Economics and Finance of the Healthcare Internet
  • The Role of Silicon Valley and Wall Street in Funding the Healthcare Internet Revolution
  • How the Internet Will Change the Practice of Medicine
  • The Internet's Transformation of Health Insurance and Health Plans
  • Connectivity and eCommerce–Making Integrated Healthcare Work
  • Cyberbranding Over the Internet
  • Internet Strategies to Enhance Quality and Avoid Medical Errors
  • The Law, Regulation and Ethics of the Healthcare Internet
  • Privacy, Data Security and HIPAA Compliance

Interactive Discussion Groups<
The Colloquium luncheons at the Harvard Faculty Club will be divided into tables of ten to twelve. This approach will enhance professional networking and interactive discussions of the topics addressed by the Colloquium.

The Setting
Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, was established in 1636 by a vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and was named for its first benefactor, John Harvard of Charlestown, a young minister who upon his death in 1638, left his library and half of his estate to the new institution. Today, Harvard has grown to become a great undergraduate and graduate research University, with more than 18,000 degree candidates enrolled.

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