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Opinion: The health care industry is being transformed, one deal at a time

Four archetypes of new health care deals are emerging: vertical integrators, employer activists, technology invaders, and health retailers.

More than 200 health care deals representing $72.6 billion were announced in the first quarter of 2018, kicking off what will be an active year for deal making in the U.S. Consolidation plans, pent up private equity demand, new entrants, and other market forces will continue to motivate industry players to reflect, reevaluate their business models, and make strategic bets on deals and partnerships.

New business models are emerging. Their common goal is to

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