Why Platforms Matter in Healthcare, eCollaboration Forum, HIMSS12

We know about platforms from some of the brightest stars of tech. Amazon, SalesForce, Facebook are all platforms that derive a significant source of their revenue via APIs, capitalizing on what Tim O’Reilly called “architectures of participation“. Salesforce does 300 million transactons a day just in API calls, about half their more than 600 million/day total transaction volume. The broad technology community “gets” platforms.

Platforms are successful because of the interplay they create between of connectivity, contribution and benefits. In a system where most everyone can connect to, participate in, and benefit from a system, the value grows as more and more people use, develop and extend the system via network effects. The platform can then provide value from a much broader array of information and functionality from a much broader sources than any one company, organization or system could provide on their own.

The same thing will happen in health care, in large part due to changes in payment reform. In fact, it’s already started.
One key example: Payers like Aetna making platforms a core part of their strategy.  If payers are figuring it out, we’re all going to be using health platforms much sooner than we may think.

Accountable care models are creating new ways for particpants in the care delivery ecosystem to particpate in keeping people healthy. Each player will have need to keep people out of high-cost centers of care and we believe platforms will become a key part of these initiatives.

To address this shift, The Collaborative Health Consortium is co-hosting the inaugural eCollaboration Forum at HIMSS12 this year on Feb. 23rd. in Las Vegas.

With payment reform looming, it’s vitally important that health care IT folks “get” platforms, too.

We seek to provide a full array of perspectives on collaborative health platforms (payers, patients, providers, government, technologists and investors). We’ve assembled an A-list of leading-edge executives to talk about the topic in an intimate setting at HIMSS. Space is very limited, so register soon via HIMSS registration. Speakers confirmed include:

  • John Mattison, MD – Opening Keynote, Assistant Medical Director and CMIO of Kaiser Permanente, SCAL  “Consumer-centric Collaboration for Wellness”
  • Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM – National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
  • Esther Dyson – Principal at EDventure Holdings
  • Mark Blatt, MD, MBA – Worldwide Medical Director, Intel, “Collaborative Care: An Economic Imperative for Care Delivery Systems”
  • David Whitlinger – Executive Director, NY eHealth Collaborative “Supporting New Models of Care Through Collaboration with States & Vendors”
  • Steve Adams – President and Chairman, Collaborative Health Consortium; EVP Collaborative Care, Alere
  • David Kibbe, MD, MBA – The Kibbe Group and American Academy of Family Physicians “Developing Trust in the Health Internet as a Platform”
  • Vince Kuraitis – Principal, Better Health Technologies “The Future of Collaborative Health Platforms”
  • Shahid N. Shah – CEO, Netspective and Blogger at HealthcareGuy.com “The Future of Collaborative Health Platforms”
  • Brian Ahier – Health IT Evangelist, Mid-Columbia Medical Center
  • Joshua Newman, MD, MSHS – Director of Product Management and Health Strategy, Salesforce.com
  • West Shell III – Chairman and CEO, Healthline
  • Scott Rea – Vice President GOV/EDU Relations and Senior PKI Architect, DigiCert
  • Joe Miller – Director of eBusiness, AmeriHealth Mercy
  • Jordan Shlain, MD – CEO, HealthLoop

If you care about health care, technology, business and how they’re all going to fit together in the years to come, we hope to see you at the eCollaboration Forum. Up-to-the-minute info is at collaborativehc.org/eCollab12.

If you can’t attend the live event, we’ll have webinar access as well.

For any questions on the event, please leave a comment!