When I first started at Modern Healthcare, the phrase “healthcare is local” was ubiquitous. But the past four years have given us record dealmaking. In an effort to save money, leverage scale or, for some, simply survive, hospitals across the country have merged.
That consolidation often begets regional leadership models, which begets fewer local funding decisions. These changes have occurred coincident with population health efforts that require hyperlocal information to target social determinants of health.