Preventing the Next Global Pandemic: Lessons from Ebola and Zika
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Ashish K. Jha, M.D., M.P.H. is the Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute and the K.T. Li Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as well as Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a practicing Internal Medicine physician at the VA Boston Healthcare System.
Dr. Jha received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and trained in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco where he also served as Chief Medical Resident. He completed his General Medicine fellowship from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and received his M.P.H. from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
He is nationally and internationally recognized expert in assessing and improving healthcare delivery systems with a particular focus on health care quality. He has led and co-led numerous successful projects for large funding bodies, resulting in over 200 high-impact publications in top journals. His major research interests lie in improving the quality and costs of healthcare with projects focused on four primary areas:
- Transparency and public reporting of provider performance
- Financial incentives for quality and accountability in health care,
- Health information technology,
- Leadership and management,
And the roles they play in improving the delivery of safe, effective, patient-centered care.
With a strong body of analytic work on the US healthcare system, Dr. Jha also founded the Harvard Initiative on Global Health Quality (HIGHQ), led an international Health Information Technology benchmarking effort with the OECD and co-chaired the Harvard-LSHTM independent panel on the global response to Ebola: “Will Ebola change the game? Ten essential reforms before the next pandemic.” Over the past five years, he has served as an advisor to ministries of health and large NGOs on the design and evaluation of policy, including serving as the Special Advisor for Quality and Safety to the US Department of Veterans Affairs.