A patient-centric approach to healthcare leads to an informal social network among medical professionals. This chapter presents a research framework to:
- identify the collaboration structure among physicians that is effective and efficient for patients;
- discover effective structural attributes of a collaboration network that evolves during the course of providing care; and
- explore the impact of socio-demographic characteristics of healthcare professionals, patients, and hospitals on collaboration structures, from the point of view of measurable outcomes such as cost and quality of care.