A recent article in Health Data Management by William J. Oliver, MD, identifies an issue increasingly facing healthcare CIOs—managing the information technology aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Consolidation within the healthcare provider arena continues, and the trend appears to be accelerating. The associated M&A activities present a unique set of challenges for the organizations involved, especially for their IT functions. Regardless of the role in an acquisition—acquirer or acquisition target—CIOs and their IT staffs will be affected.

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