Ashish Jha

K.T. Li Professor of International Health
Director, Harvard Global Health Institute

Department of Health Policy and Management

42 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617.384.5367
Blog: An Ounce of Evidence | Health Policy


  • M.P.H., 2004, Harvard School of Public Health
  • M.D., 1997, Harvard Medical School
  • A.B., 1992, Columbia College


  • Fellow, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 2002-04
  • Chief Resident, University of California, San Francisco, 2000-01
  • Resident, University of California, San Francisco, 1997-2000


Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH is a practicing general internist at the VA. He is a professor of Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a newly elected member of the Institute of Medicine. His work has focused on four primary areas:

  • Public reporting,
  • Pay for performance,
  • Health information technology,
  • Leadership,

And the roles they play in effecting the delivery of safe, effective, patient-centered care. With a strong body of analytic work on the US system, he also founded the HSPH Initiative on Global Health Quality (HIGHQ), played a key role in the WHO’s working group on patient safety research, and is leading an international HIT benchmarking effort with the OECD.

Course Offerings

  • The Quality of Health Care in America (Spring, Harvard College)
  • Health Care Quality and Safety (Spring, Harvard School of Public Health)
  • Managing Health Information Technology (Summer, HSPH Executive Education Program)
  • Improving Global Health, Focusing on Quality and Safety (Fall, HarvardX)

Social Media

In August of 2012 Ashish launched a blog: ‘An Ounce of Evidence, ’ with the aim of creating a forum for debate, discussion, and spirited but ultimately respectful airing of the issues involved in fixing the healthcare system. He also operates a professional twitter account, @ashishkjha where he posts articles, opinions and contributes to debates relevant to health policy.

Select Publications

Jha AK, Shlipak MG, Hosmer W, Frances C, and Browner, WS.  Racial differences in mortality among men hospitalized in the Veterans Affairs health care system.  JAMA 2001; 285:297-303.

Jha AK, Perlin JB, Kizer KW, Dudley RA. Transformation of VA Healthcare: Impact on Quality.  N Engl J Med.  2003; 348:2218-2227.

Jha AK, Li Z, Orav EJ, and Epstein AM.  Care in U.S. Hospitals:  The Hospital Quality Alliance program.  N Engl J Med.  2005; 353:265-274.

Jha AK, Fisher ES, Li Z, Orav EJ, and Epstein AM.  Racial Trends in the Use of Major Procedures among the Elderly.  N Engl J Med. 2005; 353: 683-691.

Jha AK, Epstein AM. The Predictive Accuracy of the New York State Coronary Bypass Surgery Reporting System and its Impact on Market Share and Surgical Practice.  Health Affairs. 2006; 25(3) 844-855.

Jha AK, Ferris TG, Donelan K, DesRoches C, Shields A, Rosenbaum S, Blumenthal D.  How Common Are Electronic Health Records In the U.S.?  A Summary of the Evidence.    Health Affairs. 2006; w496-w507.

Jha AK.  Measuring hospital quality: what physicians do? How patients fare? Or both? JAMA. 2006 Jul 5;296(1):95-7.

Jha, AK, Orav EJ, Li Z, and Epstein AM.  Where do elderly blacks receive hospital care?  The concentration and quality of hospitals that care for elderly black Americans.  Archives of Internal Medicine.  2007; 167: 1177-1182.

Jha AK, Orav EJ, Li Z, and Epstein AM.  The Inverse Relationship between Performance in the Hospital Quality Alliance Measures and Mortality Rates. Health Affairs, 26, no.4 (2007): 1104-1110.

Adler-Milstein J, McAfee A, Bates DW, and Jha AK. The State of Regional Health Information Organizations in the US:  Current Activities and Financing.  Health Affairs.  2007:  27.1.w60

Jha AK, Orav EJ, Zheng J, Epstein AM.  The Characteristics and Performance of U.S. Hospitals that care for elderly Hispanic Americans.  Health Affairs. March/April 2008; 27(2): 528-537

Adler-Milstein J and Jha AK.  Fledgling Firms Offer Hope on Health Costs.  Harvard Business Review.  March 2008:  26-27.

Jha AK, Orav EJ, Zheng J, and Epstein, AM.  Patients’ Perception of Hospital Care in the United States.  N Engl J Med.  2008; 359:1921-1931.

Adler-Milstein J, Bates DW, and Jha AK. Regional Health Information Organizations in the U.S.: Progress but Challenges Remain. Health Affairs. 2009 Mar-Apr;28(2):483-92.

Jha AK, DesRoches CM, Campbell EG, Donelan K, Rao SR, Ferris TG, Shields AE, Rosenbaum S, and Blumenthal D. The Use of Electronic Health Records in U.S. Hospitals.   N Engl J Med. 2009 Apr 16;360(16):1628-38.

Jha AK, Orav EJ, Dobson A, Book R, and Epstein AM.  Measuring Efficiency: The Association of Risk Adjusted Hospital Costs and Quality of Care.  Health Affairs.  2009 May-Jun;28(3):897-906.

Jha AK, DesRoches CM, Shields AE, Miralles P, Zheng J, Rosenbaum S, and Campbell EG.  Evidence of an Emerging Digital Divide Among Hospitals That Care for the Poor. Health Affairs.  2009 Oct; 28(6):w1160-70.

Jha AK, Orav EJ and Epstein AM. Preventing Readmissions – The Potential Consequences of Improving Discharge Planning in U.S. Hospitals. N Engl J Med. 2009 Dec; 361: 2637-2645.

Jha AK and Epstein AM.  Hospital Boards and their Relationship to Quality of Care.  Health Affairs.  2010, 29(1): 182-187.

DesRoches CM, Campbell EG, Vogeli C, Zheng J, Rao SR, Shields AE, Donelan K, Rosenbaum S, and Jha AKElectronic Health Records’ Limited Successes Suggest More Targeted Uses.  Health Affairs.  2010, 29(4):  639-646.

Jha AK, Orav EJ, Epstein AM. The effect of financial incentives on hospitals that serve poor patients. Ann Intern Med. 2010;153:299-306.

Jha AK, DesRoches CM, Karlovec P, and Joshi M.  EHRs in US Hospitals:  Progress on Adoption and Readiness for Meaningful Use.  Health Affairs.  2010;29 (10).

Jha AKMeaningful Use of Electronic Health Records: The Road Ahead.  JAMA.  2010; 304(15):1709-10

Joynt KE, Orav EJ, and Jha AK. The association between hospital volume and processes, outcomes, and costs of care for congestive heart failure.  Annals of Internal Medicine. 2011; 154: 94-102 .

Joynt KE, Orav EJ, and Jha AK. Thirty-Day Readmission Rates for Medicare Beneficiaries by Race and Site of Care. JAMA 2011;305:675-81.

Gao J, Moran E, Almenoff P, Render M, Campbell J, and Jha AK. Variations in Costs in the Veterans Healthcare System: Relationship to Quality of Care.  Health Affairs 2011; 30(4):655-63.

Adler-Milstein J, Bates DW, and Jha AK.   A Survey of Health Information Exchange Organizations in the U.S.: Implications for Meaningful Use.  Annals of Internal Medicine  2011; 154: 666-671.

Joynt, KE, Orav EJ, Harris Y, and Jha AK.  Quality of Care and Patient Outcomes in Critical Access Hospitals.  JAMA.  306(1):45-52.

Kwok AC, Semel ME, Lipsitz SR, Bader AM, Barnato AE, Gawande AA, and Jha AKThe intensity and variation of surgical care at the end of life.  Lancet.  2011.

Jha AK. The Promise of Electronic Records: Around the corner or down the road? JAMA. 2011; 306(8): 880-881.

Jha AK, Classen DC. Getting Moving on Patient Safety–Harnessing Electronic Data for Safer Care. New England Journal of Medicine 2011;365(19):1756-8.

Jha AK, Orav EJ, and Epstein, MA.  Low-Quality, High Cost Hospitals Care for Sharply Higher Shares of Elderly Black, Hispanic, and Medicaid Patients. Health Affairs.  2011; 30(10).

Adler-Milstein J, Jha AK.  Sharing Clinical Data Electronically: A Critical Challenge For Fixing The Healthcare System.  JAMA 2012; 307 (16); 1695-1696.

Wolf L, Harvell J, Jha AK. Use of Electronic Records among Hospitals Ineligible for Meaningful Use. Health Affairs. 2012;31(3):505-513.

Jha AK, Joynt KE, Orav EJ, and Epstein, AM.  The long-term impact of Premier pay-for-performance on patient outcomes.  New England Journal of Medicine.  2012; 366:1606-1615.

Joynt KE, Jha AK.  The Relationship Between Cost and Quality: No Free Lunch.  JAMA 2012; 307 (10): 1082-1083.

Joynt KE, Jha AK.  Thirty-Day Readmissions — Truth and Consequences.  New England Journal of Medicine. 2012; 366: 1366-1369.

Jha AK.  Health Information Technology Comes of Age.  Arch Intern Med. 2012; 172 (9); 737-738.

Jha AK, Joynt KE, Orav EJ, and Epstein, AM.  The long-term impact of Premier pay-for-performance on patient outcomes.  NEJM.  2012; 366:1606-1615.

Adler-Milstein J, Jha AKOrganizational Complements to Electronic Health records in Ambulatory Physician Performance.  JAMIA.  2012; Vol 10.

DesRoches CM, Joshi MS, Kralovec PD, Worzala C, and Jha AKSmall, Non-Teaching, And Rural Hospitals Continue To Be Slow In Adopting Electronic Health Record Systems.  Health Affairs.  2012; 31 (5): 1092-1099.

Chatterjee P, Joynt KE, Orav EJ, and Jha AKPatient Experience in Safety-Net Hospitals: Implications for Improving Care and Value-based purchasing.  Archives of Internal Medicine.  2012;172(16):1204-1210.

Jha AK, Aubert R, Yao J, Teagarden R, and Epstein R. Greater adherence to diabetes drugs is linked to less hospital use and could save nearly $5 billion annually.  Health Affairs. 2012; 31(8):1836-1846

Lee GM, Kleinman K, Soumerai SB, Tse A, Cole D, Fridkin SK, Horan T, Platt R, Gay C, Kassler W, Goldmann DA, Jernigan J, and Jha AK. Effect of Non-Payment for Preventable Infections in U.S. Hospitals.  NEJM.  2012; 367 (15): 1428-1437.

Joynt KE, Blumenthal DM, Orav EJ, Resnic FS and Jha AK Association of Public Reporting for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention With Utilization and Outcomes Among Medicare Beneficiaries With Acute Myocardial Infarction.  JAMA. 2012; 308 (14): 1460-1468.

Bitton A, Flier LM, and Jha AKHealth Information Technology in the era of healthcare reform.  To What End?  JAMA.  2012;307(24):2593-2594.

Nakamura MM, Harper, M, Jha AK. Change in Adoption of Electronic Health Records by U.S. Children’s Hospitals.  Pediatrics. 2013;131(5):e1563-e1575

Joynt KE, Chan DC, Orav EJ, and Jha AKInsurance Expansion in Massachusetts did not reduce access among previously insured Medicare patients.  Health Affairs. 2013;32(3):571-578

Jha AK, Epstein AM. A Survey of Board Chairs of English Hospitals Shows Greater Attention to Quality of Care Than Among Their US Counterparts. Health Affairs. 2013;32(4):677-685

Jha AK. Time to get serious about pay-for-performance.  JAMA.  2013; 309(26): 123-135

Adler-Milstein J, Cohen G, Winn L, Ronchi E, and Jha AK.  Benchmarking Health Information Technology:  A Global Perspective. JAMIA.  In Press.

Joynt KE, Gawande A, Orav EJ, and Jha AK. Contribution of Preventable Acute Care Spending to Total Spending for High-Cost Medicare Patients.  JAMA.  In Press.

Tsai T, Gawande A, Orav EJ, and Jha AK. Variation in Surgical Readmissions and Relationship to Quality of Hospital Care.  NEJM.  In Press.