AHA November 7, 2019
Andy Shin

It’s not too early to think about what trends and themes made the most headway in 2019, a year of intense change in health care. Through very unscientific analyses, I’d venture that “social determinants of health” (or SDOH) will win the “buzziest” buzzword this year.

But “ecosystems” is gaining steam, and it’s my odds-on favorite for 2020. 

“If ‘SDOH’ is the buzzword to encapsulate the need to recognize players outside the four walls of our organizations that also serve patients and our communities, then ‘ecosystem’ is how we systematically integrate these stakeholders into how we innovate at scale.”

The concept of an ecosystem strategy was popularized as technology and digital platforms came of age, allowing for various actors...