Embracing the Digital Transformation with Composable Architectures and Digital Health Platforms

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Healthcare IT managers and CIOs face a monumental challenge: enhancing technology performance while managing costs effectively. Digital transformation has a relevant impact on patient outcomes, workforce management, and service models, promoting personalized care and data-driven processes. Modernizing IT infrastructure and adopting a flexible, agile structure are pressing needs.

In this landscape, Composable Architecture is a breakthrough solution that enables product scalability through a seamless assembly of software components. The Digital Health Platform (DHP) approach further supports healthcare providers with resilience, innovation, and data empowerment, fostering an efficient and innovative ecosystem.

Composable Architecture means flexibility and modularity.

In the healthcare market a paradigm shift is underway, calling for IT infrastructure modernization and a more flexible, agile organizational structure. This transformative journey involves capturing patient needs and translating them into the delivery of high-quality services. Embracing this challenge means overcoming the barriers of monolithic architectures and applications, tapping into the true value of data, and securing the economic and financial sustainability of current IT architectures amidst the exponential growth of data demands.

To address these pressing issues, healthcare providers must prioritize the creation of a flexible, modular, and scalable application ecosystem that readily adapts to the dynamic landscape of digital health. C-level executives play a critical role in this transformation by striking a balance between adopting new cloud-native toolkits and acquiring the necessary skills to harness the full potential of these technologies, giving rise to modern, composable IT architectures.

But how much is this approach hassle-free? The answer is Composability.

Composable Architecture emerges as a beacon of innovation, representing an architectural pattern characterized by the seamless composition of multiple independent software modules. This architectural approach is designed to evolve continuously, enabling the addition, upgrading, and removal of modules without disrupting the rest of the system. By orchestrating software “building blocks,” Feature Teams can harmoniously:

  • assemble an IT architecture;
  • customizing each software component;
  • reusing components across various application areas.

Empowering the Future of Healthcare: Introducing Digital Health Platforms (DHP)

Gartner defines a Digital Health Platform (DHP) as:

An architectural approach that enables healthcare providers to rapidly respond to strategic imperatives and external uncertainties using modern cloud platforms and services. This approach combines three elements: A healthcare data fabric that provides data connectors and models to liberate siloed application data from operational systems. A library of prebuilt software components that can be used to quickly scale new business capabilities (PBCs). Composition tools that can create tailored digital experiences for a broad range of stakeholders

Source: Gartner – Market Guide for Digital Health Platforms. Analyst(s): Andrew Meyer, Mike Jones, ck Andrade

This architectural approach combines three essential elements:

  • Healthcare data fabric;
  • A library of prebuilt software components;
  • Composition tools for crafting tailored digital experiences.

The Digital Health Platform (DHP) promotes a transformative era where healthcare organizations transition from monolithic structures to agile, modular, and scalable digital care delivery. Successful healthcare providers embracing DHP have fostered robust collaboration between business and IT, elevating IT to a strategic function. Ensuring the sustainability of operating expenses over time, thanks to enhanced IT performance and accelerated time-to-market, becomes a crucial milestone in this journey.

By embracing these challenges and the DHP approach, healthcare providers position themselves at the forefront of innovation, delivering exceptional care in a digitally empowered future.

Build a Digital Healthcare Ecosystem: The Make or Buy Dilemma

In an era of rapid innovation, healthcare C-levels often activate digital projects without a clear transformation path, risking vendor lock-in and losing track of costs amid a sea of “off-the-shelf” SaaS solutions. On the other hand, conceiving a new digital project from a green field requires new capabilities and high failure risk. To overcome the “Make or Buy” dilemma, adopting a Composable Architecture emerges as a visionary solution, enabling the seamless combination and assembly of different modules to support multiple business processes.

Building your digital health platform needs three requirements:

  1. Modular microservices-based platform. A control plane to control and govern software development lifecycle by reducing complexity and improving adaptation to the dynamic healthcare market;
  2. Marketplace for Application Development. A well-curated catalog that enables high governance of software development processes, granting reusability over existing IT projects and reducing time-to-market;
  3. Packaged Business Capabilities (PBCs). Enclosed software components representing well-defined business functionality are easily combined to create larger and more complex solutions catering to diverse healthcare requirements.

Mia-Care for orchestrating your bespoke DHP Platform

Mia-Care rises to the occasion, leveraging the power of Mia-Platform technology to support Healthcare and Life Science companies in creating a Composable Infrastructure for their Digital Health Platform (DHP). This visionary approach allows enterprises to develop the ideal platform, supporting development teams with existing tools and technologies, free from lock-in risks.

The Mia-Platform Console emerges as a trustworthy and centralized Internal Developer Portal (IDP), optimizing the Developer Experience with self-service tools, and liberating time for strategic feature development. Certified ISO 13485, Mia-Care provides a secure development environment for building Software as a Medical Device (SaMD), ensuring unwavering compliance.

Within the IDP’s embedded Marketplace, Feature Teams access a trove of ready-to-use components, including Mia-Care Accelerators. These game-changing microservices and applications empower healthcare players to tackle complex operations and speed up time-to-market for digital care services. Leveraging the modularity of the Mia-Platform Console and Mia-Care Accelerators, healthcare providers create and manage PBCs, orchestrate digital services, and deliver a market-ready solution that remains adaptable to the evolving healthcare ecosystem.


As healthcare embarks on a digital transformation, Composable Architectures and Digital Health Platforms emerge as a revolutionary innovative model, reshaping patient outcomes, care delivery, and data-driven practices. Relying on Mia-Care, healthcare providers stand at the forefront of a harmonious future, delivering exceptional care in a digitally empowered ecosystem and integrated among the stakeholders.

The article was written by Andrea Di Carlo, .

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