This post was originally published on the HIMSS blog with the title “Patient Digital Health Platforms (PDHPs): An Epicenter of Healthcare Transformation?”
Apple’s recent announcement about its HealthKit platform is a beacon of a much bigger trend. We are at the early stages in the rise of a new business and IT ecosystem:
Patient Digital Health Platforms (PDHPs)
These new platforms should be high on the radar screens of healthcare providers. While v1.0 of PDHPs is starting fairly narrow, companies will be highly incentivized to move up the food chain into mainstream health data exchange, workflow integration, and virtual care delivery. PDHPs portend both opportunities and threats.
I’ll pose and provide some early answers to how the PDHP ecosystem might shape up. Here’s a preview:
- What’s “The Healthcare Platform Void”?
- Who Are Initial Players in the PDHP Ecosystem?
- A Central Question: Will PDHPs Go Narrow or Broad?
- What Market Pressures Incentivize PDHPs to Go Broad?
- What Are Early Warning Signs that Some PDHPs Will Go Broad?
- How Long Will It Take For All This to Play Out?
Consider this an introduction to PDHPs—you will discover more questions than answers. I’ll use Apple HealthKit as a case study to illustrate some examples.