Look for shake-ups in the business of health in 2019. Insurers, providers, and other business interests are working together to fundamentally change the way healthcare is delivered.
We can only guess what changes may lie ahead, given the combination of Aetna and CVS. Amazon’s acquisition of PillPack likely signals some sort of “Prime Drug” service in the future. We also need to keep an eye on their healthcare venture with Berkshire Hathaway. Industry insiders suggest they have an eye toward mining patient data for new insights and efficiencies.
Mergers and acquisitions no longer occur just among companies producing the same products. A brave new world of vertical integration of healthcare products and delivery seems to be coming. Keep your eyes on the news for the changing landscape.