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PwC Names 6 Healthcare Issues To Watch In 2019

Article written by: Emily Rappleye, Becker's Hospital Review, December 11, 2018

PwC's Health Research Institute believes 2019 is the year the "New Health Economy" will finally become a reality.

The past year marked record interest in the healthcare industry, especially from outside forces like venture capitalists and business giants like Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase. PwC believes forces like these mean healthcare will no longer be an "outlier" industry that operates in its own world outside the greater U.S. economy.

In its 13th annual report, PwC's HRI identified the following six healthcare trends to watch in 2019:

1. With an injection of $12.5 billion from investors over the past two years, PwC expects connected health devices and digital therapies to become integrated into care delivery and the regulatory process for drug and device approvals. PwC expects several new products to come to market in this category in 2019. What does this mean for providers? They will need to find a way to integrate this data into the EHR so it can be used to maximize the patient visit... Read the full article here.

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