Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office is investigating the proposed merger of the multibillion-dollar health systems based in South Dakota and Minnesota, said he wants to get a full picture of how it might affect Minnesota residents.
Sanford Health and Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services are pursuing a merger planned for completion by the end of 2023 that would combine the nation's largest rural health provider with a major Twin Cities health system.
A spokeswoman for Sanford Health's corporate office in Sioux Falls said the organization was unable to provide specific details, including the number of layoffs and which of the company's regions are affected.
Numerous experts within and outside South Dakota say the timing of the Virtual Care Initiative and Virtual Care Center now under construction is fortunate for Sanford, and for the thousands of patients it serves each day.
The use of artificial intelligence, which enables computers to learn, has been hampered by a lack of clinical data. Sanford Health has joined with Dandelion Health and Sharp HealthCare to try to solve that problem.