6 major issue facing healthcare in 2019, according to PwC

PwC identifies six issues facing healthcare in 2019 in its report called "Top health industry issues of 2019: The New Health Economy comes of age."

The life sciences industry will be reshaped by digital therapeutics and connected care:

New entrants, bio-pharmaceutical and medical device companies will introduce new digital therapies and connected health services that can help patients make behavioral changes.

Up-skilled health worker of the future:

Healthcare companies will identify, which employees have to be up-skilled or re-skilled to get the most out of the investments in technologies.

Healthcare companies will be affected by tax reforms:

The healthcare industry will begin to feel substantial effects of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2019. 

Creating the Southwest Airlines of healthcare

Healthcare industry will take lessons from emerging companies that have figured out how to deliver value to the uninsured and underinsured traditionally deemed unprofitable - and turn a profit.

Private equity will accelerate healthcare’s growth:

 The pace of private equity firms investing in healthcare will quicken.

The Affordable Care Act in 2019:

The Affordable Care Act remains law, but has been reshaped. This will create new winners and losers. Healthcare outcomes are also bettering due to telehealth software.