Sachin H. Jain

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Sachin H. Jain (born in 1980 in New York and raised in Alpine, New Jersey) is an American physician and health policy analyst who was senior advisor to Donald M. Berwick, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Obama Administration.[1] He is now Chief Medical Information and Innovation Officer at Merck and Co, lecturer in health care policy at Harvard Medical School, and attending physician at the Boston VA Hospital.[2] He is also co-founder and co-Editor-in-Chief of "Health Care: The Science of Delivery and Innovation."

Government service[edit]

At CMS, Jain was involved in the launch of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation that was chartered by Section 3021 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[3] His optimistic perspective on the Center's capacity to reform payment for health care services[4] was met with skepticism from some critics.[5] As a senior advisor to Berwick, Jain had advocated for speedier translation of health care delivery research into practice and an expanded use of clinical registries.[6]

Previously, Jain was Special Assistant to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).[7] At the ONC, Jain worked with David Blumenthal to implement the HITECH Provisions of the Recovery Act and to achieve broader alignment between health plans and federal meaningful use policies and enhance electronic health record usability;[8] he led private sector engagement efforts on behalf of ONC.[9] He is the subject of a Harvard case study written by Harvard Business School dean Nitin Nohria.[10]

Education and early work[edit]

Jain attended high school at the Bergen County Academies. Jain received his undergraduate degree in government from Harvard College; his medical degree from Harvard Medical School; and his master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. While an undergraduate at Harvard, he founded the Harvard South Asian Men's Collective (SAMC). At Harvard Business School, he was a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship and the Dean's Award.[11] He served his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital.[12] He is a founder of several non-profit health care ventures including the Homeless Health Clinic at UniLu;[13] the Harvard Bone Marrow Initiative;,[14] the South Asian Health Care Leadership Forum, and[15] He worked with DaVita-Bridge of Life to bring charity dialysis care to rural Rajasthan[16] and Medical Missions for Children to bring cleft lip and palate surgery to the region.

While in residency, he maintained a faculty appointment at Harvard Business School's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness and worked with strategy professor Michael Porter on his global health agenda and on a new case literature on health care delivery innovation.[17][18] Jain has worked previously at WellPoint, McKinsey & Co, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He has also served as an expert consultant to the World Health Organization[19] and as guest faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Virginia's Darden School. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been named to Boston Business Journal's Top 40 under 40 list.[20]


Jain has authored over 50 publications on health care delivery innovation and health care reform and is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the journal Health Care. His article, "Practicing Medicine in the Age of Facebook," in the New England Journal of Medicine explores the interface between social media and the practice of clinical medicine.[21] Two of his articles in Journal of the American Medical Association, "Societal Perspectives on Physicians: Knights, Knaves, and Pawns?"[22] (with Christine K. Cassel) and "Are Patients Knights, Knaves, and Pawn?"[23] (with John Rother) build on the social theories of Julien LeGrand and apply them to physician and patient motivations. Both have drawn significant interest.[24] The book he co-edited with Susan Pories and Gordon Harper, "The Soul of a Doctor" has received mixed reviews.[25] His article, "The Racist Patient," was featured in the New York Times and has generated significant controversy about the obligation of physicians to patients with racist attitudes towards them and critical comments directed at Jain's perspective.[26]


  1. ^ "World Health Care Congress - Official Biography". World Healthcare Congress. 
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  3. ^ McKethan, Aaron; et al (2011). "An Early Status Report on the Beacon Communities Program". Health Affairs 30 (4): 782–8. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2011.0166. PMID 21471501. 
  4. ^ Byers, Jeff. "Jain: There's a place for Innovation at CMS". 
  5. ^ Oram, Andy. "Not so fast: assessing achievements and barriers at a Massachusetts Health IT conference". O'Reilly Media. 
  6. ^ Berwick, DM; Jain, SH. Porter, ME. "Clinical Registries: The Opportunity for the Nation". Health Affairs. 
  7. ^ "Official HHS Bio from Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology". 
  8. ^ Morrisey, John. "Uncle Sam Wants Usability!". Government HealthIT. 
  9. ^ Jain, Sachin; Seidman, Josh. Blumenthal, David. (September 2010). "How health plans, health systems, and others in the private sector can stimulate 'meaningful use'". Health Affairs 29 (9): 1667–1670. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2010.0766. PMID 20820024. 
  10. ^ Nohria, Nitin. "Sachin Jain: Life Story of A Recent MBA". Harvard Business School Press. 
  11. ^ "Seven HBS students honored for their service to School, society". Harvard Gazette. June 14, 2009. Retrieved June 7, 2007. 
  12. ^ "World Healthcare Congress Speaker Biographies". 
  13. ^ Brownell, Matthew. "Writer, Reformer, Physician-in-Training". Harvard Magazine. 
  14. ^ Nemerenco, Daniela. "Bone Marrow Drive Launched". The Harvard Crimson. 
  15. ^ Imbesi, Paul. "Web site examines health-care policy". India Business Journal. 
  16. ^ "Bridge of Life DaVita Medical Missions". Renal Business Today. 8 November 2008. 
  17. ^ "Redefining Health Care Curriculum". 
  18. ^ "Young President's Organization Health Care Speaker Series". 
  19. ^ "Report on the expert consultation on positive synergies between health systems and Global Health Initiatives". World Health Organization (WHO). 
  20. ^ "BBJ names 2012's 40 under 40 honorees". 
  21. ^ Jain, SH (13 August 2009). "Practicing Medicine in the Age of Facebook". New England Journal of Medicine 361 (7): 649–51. doi:10.1056/NEJMp0901277. PMID 19675328. 
  22. ^ Jain, Sachin H.; Christine Cassel (1 September 2010). "Societal Perceptions of Physicians: Knights, Knaves, or Pawns". JAMA 304 (9): 1009–10. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1250. PMID 20810381. 
  23. ^ Jain, Sachin; Rother, John (25 May 2011). "Are Patients Knights, Knaves, or Pawns". JAMA 305 (20): 2112–3. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.694. PMID 21610245. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  24. ^ Jauhar, Sandeep (January 31, 2011). "Out of Camelot, Knights in White Coat Lose Way". New York Times. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  25. ^ Hull, Sharon (2006). "The Soul of a Doctor: Harvard Medical Students Face Life and Death". Journal of the American Medical Association 296 (6): 1141. doi:10.1001/jama.296.9.1141. 
  26. ^ Chen, Pauline W. (25 July 2013). "When the Patient Is Racist". The New York Times. 

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