Many new exciting medical innovations are hitting the health care industry--from easy digital tools quickly gaining in popularity to advancements in medicine that are just beginning to make a dent in their road to transforming the industry.

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For employers, new medical treatments and advances mean new claims to cover and potentially higher health care costs--but more-efficient or better treatments can have the opposite effect.

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Check out the slideshow above to learn about some health care advances that employers (and anyone else concerned about improving health care) should be on the lookout for in in 2019.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.