This quarter’s M&A action includes big names looking to move into digital health as well as more niche offerings absorbing their competitors. The third quarter of 2018 was a surprisingly good one for mergers and acquisitions. MobiHealthNews tracked 17 deals, from Best Buys monster acquisition of GreatCall, to positive exits for Boston area startups Herald Health and Circulation, to WebMDs snapping up consumer healthcare reviews site Vitals.The majority of the deals seem to represent the kind of consolidation that happens as a space reaches maturity, with a number of startups in digital health niches of various sizes absorbing their competitors or acquiring even smaller companies for acquihires or to add a certain feature into their product.The Best Buy and Circulation deals (the latter acquired by a larger NEMT company) show that big outsiders are still using M&A as a way to enter the digital health space and step up their investment in innovation.One other trend worth mentioning is that weve seen a number of re-acquisitions this quarter. Companies that were already acquired are being sold off by their new owners. Three deals fall into this category and another, Wellpass, is being acquired less than a year after forming via merger.Read on for 17 acquisitions from Q3 2018, ranked in order by deal size, and then chronologically for the many undisclosed deal.

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