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The Healthcare Arenas That Will Command Investor Attention in 2018

Wearables, opioids, and home health, among others, could factor into the mix.
By Shawn Shinneman |

On Tuesday, Health Wildcatters CEO Hubert Zajicek offered his 10 hot healthcare innovation areas for 2018. These are areas, he says, will see investment in the coming year.

One thing to notice about the list—and that Zajicek himself mentioned during the presentation, which he delivered at HW’s monthly Pulse breakfast—is that several of the 10 are actually a couple of bullet points wrapped into one. Ten proved too narrow a number. That is to say that there’s a whole lot of opportunity for innovation in healthcare right now.

Dr. Hubert Zajicek, CEO and co-founder of Health Wildcatters

Zajicek’s list features spaces you might expect: things like health insurance and value-based care, big data and artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and home health. Those items are more a continuation of a trend than the start of a new one. But a few of the items are a bit more surprising.

Wearables, for instance. As an innovative technology, they’re back. We’ve been able to track our steps for a while, but the tech has reached a level of sophistication that is bringing about a next stage—and one that shows some significant promise, Zajicek says. “Wearables have finally come back with real insights and real data,” he says. Think wearable EKG and blood-pressure monitors.

On the brink of what could be another strong year for healthcare innovation, head over to D CEO Healthcare to read more about the 10 healthcare spaces—plus a few extras—Zajicek says will command investor attention in 2018.

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