President Trump on Wednesday threatened to add new import taxes on an additional $257 billion of Chinese goods to the $200 billion established on Monday. This was in response to China on Tuesday announcing plans to impose new tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. exports.Even though its only a threat at this point, rather than brush it off, hospital IT executives would be smart to monitor the developments because further tariffs could bring higher prices on everyday technologies, such as computer hardware and software, not to mention consumables, pacemakers, MRI Machines and other medical equipment manufactured in China.Hospital supply chain directors, in fact, are appropriately paranoid but cautiously optimistic, said Peter Allen, executive vice president of sourcing operations at Vizient, which is a member of the Healthcare Supply Chain Association.

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