Changes in healthcare provider merger and acquisition activities are bring new business opportunities while lowering risks to hospitals and delivery systems, consultancy Accenture concludes in a new report. A growing number of buys involve information technologies.

Rather than buying more hospitals, these organizations increasingly are eyeing physician practices and technology companies. The change comes during a period when healthcare provider M&A deals totaled a record $241 billion just in the first five months of 2015.

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