Shah took a leave of absence to study the economics of the healthcare system at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He found that economists and policymakers didn’t know how healthcare was actually delivered.“I decided that in my career as a clinician, I wanted to find ways to bridge this gap,” Shah says.
Shah went on to write “Understanding Value-Based Healthcare” to help clinicians understand how to care for patients in an era of value-based care, and co-found Costs of Care, a global NGO that aims to find ways to deliver better healthcare at a lower cost. “We achieve this mission through advocacy—building coalitions, strategically timing and framing core messages,” he says.
In addition to being the executive director of Costs of Care, Shah is a practicing obstetrician-gynecologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and associate faculty at the Ariadne Labs for Health Systems Innovation, where he works to “create scalable healthcare solutions that deliver better care at the most critical moments in people’s lives.”
Abigail Ballou, Alexandra David, Shreya Iyer and Casey Nugent contributed to this story.
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