To address the increasing and evolving demands hospitals place on senior health information technology professionals, Harvard School of Public Health developed Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care. This executive program will help providers implement, adopt and meaningfully use health information technology to improve health care quality, safety, and cost-efficiency.

This course covers the full range of topics senior leaders in health IT need to be aware of, including strategy and governance, implementation of electronic health records, clinical informatics, and the interplay between clinical professionals and health information technology. In this executive-level program, you will:

  • Improve your ability to increase quality, decrease costs, and advance patient safety through health information technology;
  • Enhance your health IT leadership skills, focusing on strategies and tactics to effect positive change;
  • Engage with expert faculty and industry executives, gaining practical skills and learning best practices; and

Develop your organization’s health IT strategic vision, proactively addressing challenges posed by the changing health care landscape.

Meet The Faculty

Mary Finlay

Mary Finlay

Professor, Simmons School of Management

Mary Finlay is a Professor of Practice at the Simmons School of Management where she teaches courses on IT Management, Project Management, and Health Care Technology. She is also program faculty for the Harvard School of Public Health’s program on project management and is co-director of the Cash Catalyst IT Leadership Development Program with Jim Cash. She also does selective consulting engagements in the areas of individual and organizational effectiveness. Previously, she was the Deputy Chief Information officer of Partners HealthCare System, Inc. and Chief Information Officer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Ms. Finlay is the former Chair of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, an association of 500 members. She currently serves on the board of YearUp and the Boston Chapter of SIM (Society of Information Management). She has been recognized with leadership awards from the Simmons School of Management, CIO, the New England Business and Technology Association, and Babson College. She received her BA from Allegheny College and her MBA from the Simmons School of Management.

Blackford Middleton

Blackford Middleton

Chief Informatics Officer and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Blackford Middleton is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, and Chief Informatics Officer, and is a Professor of Biomedical Informatics, and of Medicine (with tenure) at Vanderbilt University. He is adjunct faculty at the Technische Universität München, Graduate School of Information Science in Health, Munich, Germany, and at the Clinical Excellence Research Center at Stanford University.

In his role at Vanderbilt, he provides oversight and guidance for the informatics and information technology infrastructure to support the Vanderbilt University Health System, related education, and research activities, and conducts clinical informatics research.

Prior to joining Vanderbilt, he was Corporate Director of Clinical Informatics Research & Development (CIRD) at Partners Healthcare System, Boston, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and a Lecturer in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was Senior Vice President for Clinical Informatics, and Chief Medical Officer, for MedicaLogic/Medscape, a provider of electronic medical records software (Logician™), professional and patient portals (, and from 1995 to 2001. Prior to that position he was Medical Director of Information Management and Technology at Stanford University Medical Center, from 1992 to 1995. He has over 400 publications and invited national and international presentations on electronic and personal health records, clinical decision support, and related policy and technical issues.

Currently, Dr. Middleton is a member of the Board of Directors at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA, and is Chairman 2014-15), and serves on the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aligning Forces for Quality program (Dr. Mark McClellan, Chair). He also serves on several Editorial Boards. He served as a member of the National Quality Forum Health IT Advisory Council (HITAC) from 2010-12, and on the Board of Stewardship Trustees for the Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) health system (and Quality, and Strategy sub-committees of the Board) from 2006-12, and the Board of Directors of the CHI Institute for Research and Innovation from 2009-12. Middleton was appointed by US Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt to serve on the National Committee of Vital and Health Statistics (NCHVS) and served from 2008-12 on the Quality Committee (Co-Chair), and Population NCVHS sub-committees. He was a co-founder of the Institute for Decision Systems Research in Palo Alto, CA in 1994, and of the Center for Information Technology Leadership (C!TL) at Partners in 2002 and led its research in value-based technology assessment until 2010. He is past Treasurer of the American Telemedicine Association, and the American College of Medical Informatics, and past Chairman of the Computer-based Patient Record Institute (CPRI, 2000), and past Chairman of the Healthcare Information Management & Systems Society (HIMSS, 2005).

Dr. Middleton was recognized by Modern Physician as one of the Top 50 (#36) most powerful US physician executives in 2005, and by Modern Healthcare as one of the top 300 influential people in Healthcare in 2008. Dr. Middleton was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the US Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in 2010. Dr. Middleton received the SUNY-Buffalo Medical Alumni Achievement Award – “Presented in honor of your extraordinary accomplishments and leadership in the field of medicine” in 2010.He was recognized in 2011 as one of HIMSS 50 in 50: 50 individuals who “have made recognized, lasting, and influential contributions to the theory, adoption, and use of healthcare information and management systems” in HIMSS 50 year history. Dr. Middleton is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Medical Informatics, and of HIMSS. Dr. Middleton studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received a Masters in Public Health degree from the Yale University School of Public Health with a dual concentration in Epidemiology, and Health Services Administration. He received an MD from SUNY Buffalo, and was a resident in internal medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center. He completed an AHCPR Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Stanford University, where he received his Master of Science degree in Health Services Research, focusing on clinical informatics.

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