School of Population Health

Monday 10th April, 1.00pm
Room 3066
Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building

Benjamin P. Geisler, M.D., M.P.H., Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, U.S.A.

The seminar will provide a brief overview about the differences between the United States’ health care system and others around the world. The signature legislation of the Obama administration was the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2012 (“Obamacare”) which the new president Trump and the Republican majority in Congress want to repeal and replace. We will explore why health care insurance and delivery is so expensive in the U.S. and the role that geographic variation in costs and quality play, which relates to several macro trends over the past twenty or so years: 1) quality improvement and patient safety; 2) electronic health records (leading applications of “big data”) as well as personalized medicine and the cancer moonshot initiative. 3) shifts in drug prices; 4) the relative absence of health technology assessment and the application of cost-effectiveness analysis in the U.S. when compared to certain other countries (such as Australia or the United Kingdom).

Benjamin Geisler, M.D., M.P.H. is a board-certified internist who practices hospital medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. He graduated from Charite Medical School in Berlin, Germany and trained in internal medicine at New York University. Prior to clinical training, Ben was a post-doctoral research fellow in decision science at Massachusetts General Hospital and also completed a master’s degree in public health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

As a decision-analytic modeller, health economist, and health services researcher, his research had applications across many medical conditions (although most were in cardiovascular disease). Ben has served as a co-editor of a peer-reviewed health economic journal, Value in Health, for the last eight years. He is currently on faculty at Harvard Medical School and enjoys teaching as well as running quality improvement/patient safety (QI/PS) projects. Recently, Ben has become interested in “big data” and how to use routinely collected health information for research and QI/PS.

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