Commentary: I recently read a post titled “8 Healthcare Topics to Watch in 2016” and one that caught my attention was that this is the year tech companies will push healthcare into the future based on moves by a couple of tech giants; Apple and IBM.

Apple has hundreds of developers creating health and fitness apps for consumers that track everything from UV exposure to reproductive and cardiovascular health. IBM is wrapping healthcare-related services and applications around its huge Watson Health business initiative. Further, “Big Blue” continues to be acquisitive in healthcare, having just bought Merge Healthcare, a medical imaging management platform company, for $1 billion. The company plans to use Merge’s technology with Watson Health to gain more insight from current and historical images.

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