FREE BLOG What will B2C diagnostics sector do post Covid?

The direct-to-consumer or B2C diagnostics sector began well before Covid. Over the past decade, increasing numbers of people have used at-home testing kits to screen for a variety of diseases (cancers, cardiac diseases and STIs), as well as to evaluate genetic susceptibility and find out about their ancestry.

FREE BLOG It’s all systems go for HBI 2021 in London next week!

Here at HBI HQ we've spent the last few weeks chatting to the star-sprinkled selection of high-flying panellists set to take the stage next week at HBI 2021, paving the way for our annual healthcare services conference set in the heart of London. Last year's conference was largely virtual as the world reeled from Covid. But this year, there is an overwhelming and undeniable feeling of optimism as everyone prepares to meet in person for the first time in far too long.

FREE BLOG Digital front doors show the future

Patients increasingly are looking for and want digital access to health care, so-called digital front doors. In a free-market economy, this is what would happen. Various organisations would start to offer telehealth portals for either a few euros a month or a pay-as-you-go option. Consumers would pile in, and we would then see comparison websites and consumer associations rating each on the basis of its offer. As the market grew, so we would see growing functionality.

FREE BLOG Won’t obey? We’ll take your pay

Over the last few weeks, we have heard bitter complaints from unions and operators in the UK that mandatory vaccinations will lead to an exodus of staff and make some services untenable. Their concerns may be overblown but they are right to feel aggrieved - Greece's unvaccinated healthcare staff have just lost their pay.

FREE BLOG We must make healthcare a more attractive job

We are all, unfortunately, seeing very clearly the devastating third wave of the COVID tragedy and its impact on health care systems. With cases rising as the number of health and care staff decreases, the sector is faced with an ultimatum: take urgent steps to make healthcare a more attractive job.

FREE BLOG Reasons to be cheerful

"If NMC can turn it around, anyone can". That was the cheery comment of a formerly sceptical GCC-based source watching the oft-berated group rise phoenix-like from the ashes. For those still diligently beavering away at NMC there is much to be cheerful about with the group hitting the headlines for the right reasons for the first time in a long while. Elsewhere too, HBI finds reasons to be cheerful. Have we turned a corner?

FREE BLOG Come together, right now, over PE

Eight months into 2020 and the deals are coming thick and fast to make up for delayed processes. But the buy-side landscape has changed: infrastructure investors - and increasingly sovereign wealth funds - are beating out private equity and are doing that in large consortiums.

FREE BLOG A sneak peak at HBI’s healthcare Premier League table

This week sees the launch of the HBI Health Care Services Top 100 – an annual listing of the top groups in HBI’s uniquely researched database, in order of their EMEA revenue, and a 3,000 word report delving deep into that data. Many of its findings may surprise you - and we know some of you will be looking at our Premier League football style table to see where your group charts and how you compare to your peers, and predicting promotions (and relegations) next 'season'.

FREE BLOG Nursing homes: Enter domiciliary care at your peril!

The opportunity for nursing home groups to move into domiciliary care looks obvious, and it is a sector many of the largest groups have entered, but is it always the right move? Domiciliary care (homecare) comes with a high level of inherent business and reputational risk, and there is a strong argument for saying it's more trouble than it is worth, particularly for smaller groups.

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