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September 19, 2019
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Platforming Health Care to Transform Care Delivery

NEJM Catalyst Article for September 19, 2019
David W. Johnson, MPP
Amy Compton-Phillips, MD

Hospitals used to be at the center of the health care universe. Today, new business models that deliver vertically integrated care rarely own hospitals (consider Optum’s approach). They’re building efficient, convenient, and user-friendly platforms to serve consumers on their terms. Patients, not hospitals, are the center of this new “platforming” health care universe. Integrated platform companies, not hospitals, are redefining the health care industry.

Hospitals largely operated as independent entities until the late 1990s when dozens of new health systems combined hospital ownership and operations within single corporations. This consolidation trend has accelerated during the last 5 years. Read the original article on NEJM Catalyst here.

About the Author

David W. Johnson

David Johnson is the CEO of 4sight Health, an advisory company working at the intersection of healthcare strategy, economics, innovation. Johnson is a healthcare thought leader, keynote speaker, and strategic advisor to organizations busting the status-quo to reform our healthcare system. He is the author of Market vs. Medicine: America’s Epic Fight for Better, Affordable Healthcare, and his second book, The Customer Revolution in Healthcare: Delivering Kinder, Smarter, Affordable Care for All (McGraw-Hill 2019). As a speaker, Dave plays the role of rebel, challenger, industry historian, investor and company evaluator to push audiences forward. (Watch bio video.) Johnson applies his 25+ years of investment banking in healthcare to identify ways the healthcare industry must change to deliver better care. He received a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, an English degree from Colgate University, and served in the African Peace Corp service. Join over 10k+ healthcare executives who read our weekly insights and commentary on www.4sighthealth.com. His third book, Less Healthcare, More Health: The Prescription for a Happier, More Equitable and Productive America, will publish in 2024.

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