Delivering for everyone: Leading universal, value-based healthcare systems


Tuesday 10 September


Session description:

In this session, we explore contemporary challenges in delivering universal healthcare with perspectives from across the globe, and how value-based healthcare can make an impact. The speakers will present insights on fostering leadership in the crucial role that equity plays in universal health coverage (UHC), and real-word examples and best practices in value-based payment (VBP) systems.


Tuesday 10 September


Chair and Speakers:

Dr Jonathan Perlin

President and CEO, The Joint Commission, USA

Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Joint Commission Enterprise which includes The Joint Commission, Joint Commission Resources (JCR), Joint Commission International (JCI), and the National Quality Forum (NQF).

Previously, as President, Clinical Operations and Chief Medical Officer of HCA Healthcare, Perlin led clinicians, data scientists, and researchers in developing a learning health system model for improving care across 189 hospitals. His team’s work achieved national recognition for preventing elective pre-term deliveries, reducing maternal mortality, increasing sepsis survival, and developing public-private-academic partnerships for improving infection prevention and treating COVID-19.

Before HCA, Dr Perlin was Under Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He led VA to national prominence for clinical performance.

An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), he has co-chaired initiatives on digital health, combating opioids and climate change.

He has served on numerous Boards and Commissions (including MedPAC and the CBO Panel of Health Advisors) and holds faculty appointments at Vanderbilt University as a Clinical Professor of Medicine and at Virginia Commonwealth University as an Adjunct Professor of Health Administration.

Dr Ahmed El-Sobky

Chairman, Egypt Healthcare Authority, Egypt

Dr Ahmed El-Sobky is the Chairman of the Egypt Healthcare Authority since 2020. In this capacity, he has spearheaded transformative initiatives aimed at enhancing healthcare services and accessibility in Egypt.

He also serves as a Member of the UHC 2030 Steering Committee, contributing his expertise to global efforts in advancing universal health coverage, and is the General Supervisor of two pivotal projects at the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP): the Hayah Karima Project and the Universal Health Insurance Project – both positions he has held since October 6, 2019. Dr El-Sobky previously served as the Deputy Minister of Health and Population for Monitoring and Follow-up Affairs from June 2018 to May 2023.

His educational background includes a PhD in Diagnostic Radiology from Menoufia University, a Master of Science in Clinical Service Operations from the Harvard Medical School earned in May 2023, an Executive Diploma in Public-Private Partnership in Healthcare from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management earned in May 2023, a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a specialized focus on Global Health Issues from The American University in Cairo, and an MBA in Business Administration and Management from ESLSCA University.

Dr El-Sobky joined the IHF Governing Council in October 2023.

Dr Dana Gelb Safran

President and CEO, National Quality Forum; Chief Scientific Officer,
The Joint Commission, USA

Dana Gelb Safran, Sc.D. is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Quality Forum (NQF), and Chief Scientific Officer of the Joint Commission (TJC). While overseeing NQF’s longstanding function as steward of the US portfolio of healthcare quality measures, Dr Safran is leading the expansion of NQF’s portfolio of products and services to advance healthcare quality, outcomes, equity and affordability.

Dr Safran is an internationally-recognized healthcare executive with a unique blend of accomplishment in business and academia. A central feature of her work has been combining the science of quality measurement with the art of its use to drive significant change in healthcare quality, outcomes, equity and affordability. Dr Safran’s prior roles include serving for more than a decade as a senior executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), where she was a lead architect of the BCBSMA Alternative Quality Contract (AQC), widely credited with having catalyzed value-based payment internationally. She was a founding executive of Haven, the joint healthcare venture of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase.

Dr Safran is on the faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine and has held a broad range of advisory roles in the public sector and internationally supporting efforts to improve health and healthcare through effective uses of performance measurement. She served as a Commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC, 2017-2023). She holds a BA in Biology and Government from Wesleyan University and a ScM and ScD in health policy and management from Harvard School of Public Health.