UK Into 2019: Health-Tech Adoption Not Far From The 'Tipping Point'
The UK's future economic relationship with the EU consumed more than its fair share of headlines in 2018. But within UK health care, at ground level, Brexit was often missing entirely from main conference agendas, as stakeholders sought to both maximize current operating conditions and prepare for future health-care architectures and evolving innovation systems. That was the case at Medtech Futures, in Cambridge, UK, this fall.
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