5 most-watched organizations for healthcare strategy in 2019

The strategy of industry heavyweights and outsider organizations alike grabbed the attention of Becker's healthcare readers in 2019.

Based on the most-read stories on Becker's strategy channel in 2019, here are the five organizations healthcare leaders were most interested in reading about:

1. Walmart. In 2019, the retail giant rolled out and expanded several healthcare pilots, including a Featured Providers program to link employees to local physicians, and $4 telehealth visits. It also began offering employees tuition assistance for healthcare-related degrees. Read more: Walmart has no shelf space for hospitals' shoddy healthcare

 2.  Amazon. The tech giant acquired a medical technology startup to power its primary care program, and it began paying employees to travel for cancer care. Read more: 10 updates on Amazon's healthcare push

3. Cleveland Clinic. Readers were interested in the academic medical center's strategy for the next five years. Read more: Living Like a Leader: A day with Cleveland Clinic Florida CEO Dr. Wael Barsoum

4. Optum. Optum has been on healthcare executives' radars for the last few years but drew additional attention in 2019 when it filed a lawsuit against Haven, the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase venture, seeking to block a former Optum executive from working there. Read more: Optum's strategy in Las Vegas reveals how it plans to rapidly expand and 10 things to know about Optum, the $101B healthcare company keeping hospital execs up at night

5. Mass General Brigham. Formerly known as Partners HealthCare, this Boston-based health system drew in readers who were curious about its name change, which was officially announced in November. Read more: Partners HealthCare has a question for employees: What should its new name be?

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