Healthcare is in an early experimentation phase with blockchain trailing industry sectors like financial services. Still, executives are recognizing its potential5. When asked, “When do you expect that blockchain will be integrated into your organization’s systems?” 32 percent of healthcare providers and 48 percent of health plans said one to two years.
The future is becoming abundantly clear as partnerships take hold: If microservices and APIs are the keys to scaling and integrating partnerships, blockchain will be critical to creating trust in the authenticity and accuracy of what is being shared.
A platform for better health engagement
Anthem, in partnership with Castlight Health, launched Engage, a next-generation health engagement platform and digital experience designed to drive better health for consumers—and better healthcare decisions. The new platform establishes a single hub for an employer’s health and wellness programs and will drive all of the capabilities together, personalizing the programs offered to each user. It also uses a microservices layer to seamlessly connect to data from third-party health and wellness apps as well as health plan tools such as telehealth services, virtual nursing and fitness tracker-powered wellness programs. For example, the platform alerts a condition management nurse to connect with a user based on their medical or lifestyle needs and can help users follow their doctors’ plan of care, flagging missed lab tests and providing additional educational resources.
“Engage is enabled using the microservices and event-driven architecture that helps with easy transfer of data and actions when needed. The use of microservices and APIs for Anthem Engage and other internal apps creates a seamless integration pattern,” says Anil Bhatt, vice president of digital technologies.
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4 Modern Healthcare, “Virtual Assistants like Amazon's Alexa Could Change the Way Care is Delivered,” July 31, 2017,
5 LinkedIn, Blockchain: Transformational Technology for Health Care, August 8, 2016,