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For decades, global health systems have been transitioning from paper to electronic health records to improve patient data accessibility, particularly to facilitate epidemiological study and preventive care. At the same time, they have wrestled with challenges such as interoperability – the ability to access and share records across disparate digital platforms.
India’s National Health Authority, under the leadership of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health alumnus Indu Bhushan, embarked in August on its audacious National Digital Health Mission (NDHM), to provide each of India’s 1.3 billion citizens a unique, digital health identifier gathering all health records in a single, unified system. The NDHM could revolutionize not only personal care but also the study of population-wide diseases in India and beyond. Join Dr. Bhushan in a conversation with David Peters to learn about India’s efforts, challenges reaching and integrating patient records across massive and diverse demographics, and the outcomes it envisions. Featuring a special introduction by Alex Triantis, Dean of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
Dr. Indu Bhushan, MHS ’93, DrPH ’96 is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Authority, mandated with the implementation of Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) and recently, the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM). AB PM-JAY is the world’s largest government-funded health assurance scheme providing cashless secondary and tertiary care to more than 530,000,000 of India’s poorest citizens. NDHM aims to create an integrated digital health ecosystem for India by leveraging advanced information technology and digital highways with the goal to ensure access to timely, safe, affordable and quality healthcare for all citizens. As CEO, Dr. Bhushan leads the design, development, rollout, and implementation of both schemes.
He holds a Doctorate in Health Economics and a Masters in Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University, USA and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). An electrical engineer by education, he also is an alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology - Banaras Hindu University and IIT Delhi where he earned his B.Tech degree and post-graduate diploma, respectively. Dr. Bhushan was recently honored with the Johns Hopkins Global Achievement Award, given each year to recognize the exceptional contributions of those alumni who epitomize the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and bring credit to the University in the international arena through their professional or humanitarian service. He also was awarded the Government of India’s National Award for E-Governance 2019-2020 (Gold Award) for Excellence in Government Process Re-engineering for Digital Transformation for Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY on behalf of the National Health Authority.
David Peters, MD, MPH '89, DrPH '93 is the Edgar Berman Professor and Chair of the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and the Director of the Alliance for a Healthier World. His research has been focused on improving the performance of health systems in low- and middle-income countries, particularly to address the needs of poor and vulnerable populations. Much of his work has been conducted in very difficult environments, such as in post-conflict fragile states, with applications aimed at improving health conditions and building trusted and sustainable institutions. Dr. Peters has played a leading role in conceptualizing and developing implementation research methods and incorporating complex adaptive systems into public health. His areas of research include understanding the factors that improve overall levels and distribution of health status, the risk of poverty due to health expenditures and ill health, and public satisfaction with health services, and involving innovations in health policy and systems, such as those dealing with strategic engagement of governments with the private sector, alternative health financing methods, resource allocation methods, and new approaches to organization of health services and public health service delivery. Dr. Peters has received recognition for teaching excellence 16 times from 2008-2018.
Alexander Triantis, PhD is the third dean of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, a leader in the business of health. As a professor of finance and expert in the areas of corporate financial strategy and valuation, Dean Triantis has built a reputation throughout his career as a strong, personable, and pragmatic leader skilled at building consensus around a strategic vision. Triantis came to the Carey Business School in August 2019 from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he served as dean from 2013 to 2019. As dean of the Smith School, he promoted the development of cross-divisional research centers and initiatives focused on artificial intelligence, data analytics, enterprise and markets, ethics and regulation, financial and economic policy, and entrepreneurship. He also helped launch a number of new dual degree programs and several new graduate programs and certificates, including a top-ranking online MBA and an in-person and online MS in Business Analytics. An engineer by training, Triantis was inspired to join academia by his father, an economics professor. Before becoming dean at the Smith School, Triantis served as a professor of finance and chair of the Finance Department from 2006 to 2011. Triantis received his PhD in industrial engineering (with a specialization in finance) from Stanford University and his BASc and MEng degrees from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the University of Maryland's faculty in 1995, he was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, and an assistant and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin.