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Plunkett's Health Care Industry Almanac 2013: Health Care Industry Market Research, Statistics, Trends & Leading Companies


A Short Health Care Industry Glossary xi

Introduction 1

How to Use This Book 3

Chapter 1: Major Trends Affecting the Health Care Industry 7

1) Introduction to the Health Care Industry 8

2) Continued Rise in Health Care Costs 10

3) Employers Push Health Care Costs onto Employees 10

4) Medicare and Medicaid Spending Continue to Surge/Oldest Baby Boomers Hit 65+

Years of Age 11

5) Health Care Reform Act of 2010 Set to Bring Big Changes 12

6) Concierge Care/Direct Primary Care Are on the Rise 13

7) Insurance Companies Change Strategies Due to Health Care Reform Act 14

8) Vast Number of Uninsured and Underinsured Americans 15

9) Few New Blockbusters: Major Drug Patents Expire While Generic Sales Growth Continues 15

10) Biotech and Orphan Drugs Pick Up the Slack as Blockbuster Mainstream Drugs Age 17

11) Quality of Care and Health Care Outcomes Data Become Available Online 18

12) Malpractice Suits Are Blamed for Rising Health Care Costs/Tort Reform Is Capping

Awards for Damages 19

13) Obesity Sparks Government Action/Snack Foods Get Healthier 20

14) Health Care Goes Offshore, Medical Tourism and Clinical Trials Thrive in China, India and

Elsewhere 22

15) Clinics Open in Retail Store Settings and Employer Sites 23

16) Health Care Industry Grows Rapidly in China and India 24

The Outlook for Health Care Technology: 25

17) Health Care Technology Introduction 25

18) Health Information Research Remains a Leading Use of the Internet 26

19) RFID Will Manage Hospital and Pharmacy Inventories 28

20) Electronic Health Records (EHR) Digitize Patient Records at an Accelerating Pace 28

21) Remote Patient Monitoring Advances through Wireless Systems 30

22) Stem Cells—Multiple Sources Stem from New Technologies 30

23) Government Support for Stem Cell Research Evolves 32

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