CEO, Ayushman Bharat
Dr. Indu Bhushan is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Authority, mandated with the implementation of Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) and recently, the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM).
AB PM-JAY is the world’s largest government-funded health assurance scheme providing cashless secondary and tertiary care to more than 53 crore poorest citizens. NDHM aims to create the integrated digital health ecosystem for India by leveraging advanced IT and digital highways with the goal to ensure access to timely, safe, affordable and quality healthcare for all citizens. As CEO, Dr. Bhushan led the design, development and the rollout of both the schemes and oversees their implementation in the country.
A civil servant-turned-economist with a career spanning nearly 37 years, Dr. Bhushan is a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS: 1983 Rajasthan) officer and took voluntary retirement after serving for nearly a decade. Until his appointment as CEO, National Health Authority, he served as Director General, East Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manilla, Philippines. He has held multiple positions within ADB including Director General, Strategy and Policy Department and has led ADB’s engagement with several Asian economies including the People’s Republic of China.
An electrical engineer by education, he is an alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology - Banaras Hindu University and IIT Delhi where he earned his B.Tech degree and post-graduate diploma, respectively. He holds a Doctorate in Health Economics and a Masters in Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University, USA and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Dr. Bhushan was recently selected for the Global Achievement Award by Johns Hopkins University, his alma mater. The award is given each year to recognise the exceptional contributions of those alumni who epitomize the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and bring credit to the University in the international arena through their professional or humanitarian service. He also awarded Government of India’s National Award for E-Governance 2019-2020 (Gold Award) for Excellence in Government Process Re-engineering for Digital Transformation for Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY on behalf of the National Health Authority.