Creating a “chief mobile healthcare officer” slot is as important to the future of healthcare delivery as chief medical information officers are to today’s digital healthcare. In fact, I’d argue that healthcare organizations that don’t do this may lose the battle to transform, disrupt and right-size care over the next five to 10 years.
Digital health technologies are growing to be much cheaper and simpler, so much so that we’re almost smothered in innovations leveraging cheap, ubiquitous wireless and broadband Internet connections.
As providers pick up value-based contracts from payers, and desperately need decent data sharing to coordinate care, I can only imagine that they’ll turn to familiar names to help them make that transition. Data connectivity based on regions will die out, but vendor solutions that support ACOs and population health analytics will soar.
Apple has partnered with Epic Systems on HealthKit, which gave it an immediate marketing boost but says little about the scalability and robustness of the platform.