The Harvard Medical School Department of [formerly the Center for] Biomedical Informatics and Boston Children’s Hospital Computational Health Informatics Program have held a series of five meetings catalyzing major inflection points in the trajectory of health information technology. The links on this page will take you to in-depth coverage of each meeting.

Unlike exploratory meetings, pure business conferences and conventional academic colloquia, the Harvard invitational meetings were designed to forge interdisciplinary partnerships, combining nearly two decades of federally funded research at Harvard with the know-how of industry leaders, governments, NGOs, and leading academics. The meetings were all book-ended by extraordinary keynotes including Mitch Kapor, Clayton Christensen, Eric Horvitz, Regina Herzlinger, Doug Solomon, DJ Patil, and Atul Gawande.

The two Harvard Meetings on Personally Controlled Health Information Infrastructure (PCHRI 2006 and PCHRI 2007) resulted in diffusion an NIH and CDC-funded personally controlled health record model through uptake by Microsoft (which used our open source software code), Google (which adopted the model) and Dossia (a consortium of large employers including Wal-Mart, AT&T and Intel, who contracted with the team to build out Indivo for provisioning to their employees).

The 2009 Harvard Meeting on a Platform for Health Information Technology (ITdotHealth) promoted the concept of an iPhone-like platform for health care information technology, and set the stage for the SMART Platforms project.

The 2012 Harvard Meeting on a Platform for Health Information Technology (ITdotHealth II) brought together a community of leaders in health and technology to steer a national conversation around capacitating a national-scale “App Store for Health.”

The 2015 ITdotHealth III—“Getting SMARTer” reconvened leaders from across healthcare, technology and government just as a standard public API enabling an “App Store for Health” was being adopted and promoted by industry, standards organizations, and government regulators.

The 2017 ITdotHealth IV SMART Decisions meeting was held after congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which requires APIs that provide access to all data elements of a patient’s electronic health record. This meeting drew leaders from across healthcare interested in driving AI and genomic medicine into the decision making process at the point of care, through the evolving connected apps ecosystem.