There is no shortage of innovation in healthcare and much of it is digital. The app store and its equivalents are awash with health apps and wearables have well and truly taken off. But there still few established eHealth/digital health players. Why?
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Nobody knows how big the medical tourism industry is but it might be shrinking, says publisher Keith Pollard who runs The International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ).
May 9, 2017
Technical change could dramatically de-skill in the next five years Change is coming faster than you think. Computer added diagnosis of images could be 3-5 years off, rather than a decade away. Already machines can interpret many images more reliably than radiologists, according to several operators. In dentistry, new imaging techniques mean that the siting […]
April 27, 2017
The biggest "Aha!" from Healthcare Business International 2017 was the impact that digital patient platforms are going to have on consolidation. We got 570 delegates from over 50 countries to the event in London which makes it the largest global conference for the private health care sector, with combined operator revenue of nearly $100bn.
April 13, 2017
In our current environment, the Diagnostics industry is faced with increasing challenges that have an impact on how we operate (business models) and how we generate profit. Western European markets have seen caps on test volumes or decreases in reimbursement tariffs; Emerging Markets have partially enjoyed an increase in wealth but struggled in defining sustainable funding systems, many of which remain based on out-of-pocket payments.
March 31, 2017
Building big health care service businesses is not easy. These are complex, regulated organisations that encompass professions which have their own credos and approaches.
March 23, 2017
Moves are afoot in the US to confirm the legal status of wellness programmes that ask employees to disclose medical information as voluntary. That means employers are entitled to ask employees that refuse to participate in programmes, which can involve disclosing disabilities, family medical history and perhaps even genetic information, to contribute up to 30% more than their discounted colleagues, towards their insurance cover.
March 17, 2017
Big nursing home and elderly care group Ambea plans to IPO on the NASDAQ Stockholm. Expect other big Nordic operators to follow suit. But what is their long-term future?
March 14, 2017
We’ve been bowled over by the quality and volume of entries we had this year for our Healthcare Business Model Innovation Awards, being held in association with the global healthcare practice of KPMG.
March 6, 2017
The ability to staff a healthcare provider is perhaps the prime determinant of its success. But recruiting, retaining and training doctors, nurses and support staff has never been harder. Nurses, in particular, are slipping out of health systems like water through a sieve. And their desperate employers are resorting to desperate, perhaps even illegal, measures to staff their wards.