2014 is on track to be the most active year for healthcare mergers and acquisitions in decades, with the worldwide value of healthcare-related deals reaching $438 billionabout 14 percent of the value of all business M&A.
Likewise, the health IT sector in 2014 is at its highest level of M&A activity (in terms of dollars) in years. Of the top M&A transactions, the largest deal by far was the $12.2 billion acquisition (cash and stock) of CareFusion, which sells a variety of patient monitors, supply chain management systems and medical supplies, by BD, a global manufacturer of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products.
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