Every day, thousands of people will be discharged from the hospital and need ongoing care. Many will fully recover, and others will move to the point in their life where they'll need ongoing care. They'll need transportation to home, prescriptions to be filled and organized, they may need an occupational therapist to relearn how to perform every day functions, a nurse to monitor blood thinners, an aide to help them with nutrition, and meals to be delievered. They may need paliative care, home medical equipment delivery and assistance from a respiratory therapist.
Ankota calls this community of care the Healthcare Ecosystem, and when viewing it across a population of people, the ecosystem presents itself as a collections of hubs (like a hospital), nodes (like a home health therapy agency) and linkages (the home health therapy company might be getting referrals from 50 home health agencies).
Ankota introduced the ability for members of the ecosystem to coordinate care at the end of 2011. At first people questioned whether different organizations would be willing to coordinate. Here's a glimpse at ecosystem growth over that time period. It looks like it's catching on!