Viewpoint: 5 health IT predictions for 2018

In 2017, Venrock partners Bob Kocher, MD, and Bryan Roberts released a list of healthcare predictions. Now, they are updating it for 2018 and sharing it with CNBC.

Dr. Kocher and Mr. Roberts got eight of their 10 predictions for 2017 right, including a spike in insurance premiums due to the Trump administration's sourness toward the ACA and an uphill climb in drug prices.

Here are five health IT predictions for 2018.

1. At least one health IT company valued at more than $1 billion, excluding Outcome Health, will be exposed as not having product results to support its claims.

2. Venture capitalists will begin to see returns on their roughly $10 billion invested in healthcare startups.

3. Amazon will limit its entrance into healthcare to existing consumer products and adopt a business-to-business strategy, rather than a business-to-consumer strategy, which means it will not disrupt pharmacy benefits managers.

4. Artificial intelligence and machine learning have come a long way, and in 2018, new and improved products will continue to emerge to make a difference in healthcare delivery.

5. Healthcare will begin to harness the gene editing powers of CRISPR, and especially its enabling enzyme, CAS-9. In 2018, researchers may determine there are more enzymes that can enable gene editing, removing the legal hurdles surrounding CAS-9, they write.

Click here to view Dr. Kocher and Mr. Roberts' full list of healthcare predictions for 2018.

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