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Mayo Clinic Health System tops AMC brand ranking for second year

31 January 2024

Brand Finance releases 2024 Academic Medical Centre global brand ranking

  • 44% of healthcare professionals recognise Mayo Clinic Health System as a leader in cutting-edge technologies
  • US-based brands dominate, but regional leaders such as AIIMS and Singapore General Hospital climb to make their debut in the top 4 strongest brands
  • AMCs associated with Harvard University brand appear to receive a reputational boost as the place to be for excellence in research

LONDON (30 January, 2024) -- Mayo Clinic Health System is the world’s strongest Academic Medical Centre (AMC) brand for the second year running. Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation consultancy, has released its second annual AMC global brand ranking.

44% of healthcare professionals note Mayo Clinic's leadership in integrating technologies such as robotics, digital imaging, and AI into its healthcare services, a key driver of reputation and brand strength. Mayo Clinic’s brand is also getting stronger, boasting a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score increase of 1.2 points year-on-year to 86.9/100.

Hugo Hensley, Valuation Director, Brand Finance, commented:

"In the dynamic realm of healthcare, marked by the rising prominence of AI and telemedicine, AMCs are racing to seamlessly integrate these transformative trends. Our research at Brand Finance highlights the importance of staying at the vanguard of technological progress. Innovations in these high-profile categories not only bring global attention to an institution, but now rank among the attributes most important in driving a hospital's overall reputation.”

US-based brands claim seven out of the top ten spots due to widespread global recognition, however, five out of six non-U.S. regional leading AMCs achieved higher Brand Strength Index scores in 2024 compared to 2023. Both the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Singapore General Hospital (SGH) entered the top four strongest global brands, with AIIMS securing the third position and SGH as the fourth strongest.

Another notable trend from the 2024 rankings is the staying power of a newsmaking medical breakthrough. Nearly 60 years after performing the first heart transplant, Groote Schuur in Cape Town ranks fifth in the world as “known for scientific breakthroughs,” and France’s Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, the pioneer of the first heart transplant in Europe, secured the fourth spot for the same metric.

An attachment to Harvard University’s brand may to boost a brand’s reputation as the place to be for excellence in research, as three out of the top six brands recognized for "attracting the top medical research talent" are affiliated with Harvard (Brigham & Women’s, Mass General, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute).

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Definition of Brand

Brand is defined as a marketing-related intangible asset including, but not limited to, names, terms, signs, symbols, logos, and designs, intended to identify goods, services, or entities, creating distinctive images and associations in the minds of stakeholders, thereby generating economic benefits.

Brand Strength

Brand strength is the efficacy of a brand’s performance on intangible measures relative to its competitors. Brand Finance evaluates brand strength in a process compliant with ISO 20671, looking at Marketing Investment, Stakeholder Equity, and the impact of those on Business Performance. The data used is derived from Brand Finance’s proprietary market research programme and from publicly available sources.

Each brand is assigned a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score out of 100, which feeds into the brand value calculation. Based on the score, each brand is assigned a corresponding Brand Rating up to AAA+ in a format similar to a credit rating.

Brand Valuation Approach

Brand Finance calculates the values of brands in its rankings using the Royalty Relief approach – a brand valuation method compliant with the industry standards set in ISO 10668. It involves estimating the likely future revenues that are attributable to a brand by calculating a royalty rate that would be charged for its use, to arrive at a ‘brand value’ understood as a net economic benefit that a brand owner would achieve by licensing the brand in the open market.

The steps in this process are as follows:

1 Calculate brand strength using a balanced scorecard of metrics assessing Marketing Investment, Stakeholder Equity, and Business Performance. Brand strength is expressed as a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score on a scale of 0 to 100.

2 Determine royalty range for each industry, reflecting the importance of brand to purchasing decisions. In luxury, the maximum percentage is high, while in extractive industry, where goods are often commoditised, it is lower. This is done by reviewing comparable licensing agreements sourced from Brand Finance’s extensive database.

3 Calculate royalty rate. The BSI score is applied to the royalty range to arrive at a royalty rate. For example, if the royalty range in a sector is 0-5% and a brand has a BSI score of 80 out of 100, then an appropriate royalty rate for the use of this brand in the given sector will be 4%.

4 Determine brand-specific revenues by estimating a proportion of parent company revenues attributable to a brand.

5 Determine forecast revenues using a function of historic revenues, equity analyst forecasts, and economic growth rates.

6 Apply the royalty rate to the forecast revenues to derive brand revenues.

7 Discount post-tax brand revenues to a net present value which equals the brand value.


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