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As we enter the pandemic’s third year, we’ll be watching to see whether skyrocketing digital health funding continues at 2021’s breakneck pace — or whether investors will gradually lose interest in the slate of new startups eager to make health care more like the consumer experience.

And like last year, this quarter will likely usher in more consolidation as health care giants snap up smaller startups, and even, sometimes, their competitors.


Health systems, patients and payers are starting to assess whether the health tech they embraced during the pandemic is sustainable in the long run. Hospitals are exploring AI and automation to support and augment a workforce that’s been stretched thin, and insurers are exploring ways to accommodate — and capitalize on — virtual care.

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