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FREE BLOG Insurers between rock and hard place

The threat of Amazon, Ali Baba and Alphabet was uppermost in the minds of healthcare insurers at Uniglobal 10th Global Health Insurance Conference.  Their response is to build partnerships, particularly in telehealth and wellness apps.

FREE BLOG The secret of Israeli healthcare

It is ironic that conferences on best practice in healthcare are dominated by Americans – the people who have the world’s most dysfunctional healthcare system. Israel and Taiwan are much better bets. So how do they do it?

FREE BLOG The secret of Israeli healthcare

It is ironic that conferences on best practice in healthcare are dominated by Americans – the people who have the world’s most dysfunctional healthcare system. Israel and Taiwan are much better bets. So how do they do it?

FREE BLOG M&A is set to go Pan-Latam

There are relatively few Pan-Latam operators of any scale. The big exception is the integrated healthcare management organisations being built by UnitedHealth which is now the largest hospital operator in Brazil and Chile with positions in another half dozen countries. We think that is about to change.

FREE BLOG Is internationalisation worth the effort?

Internationalisation is often seen as the badge of success worn by high-flying companies. And yet – of late – we’ve seen a surprising number of companies pulling back from their international commitments to concentrate on their core business.

FREE BLOG Counting the cost of universal health coverage

We find ourselves writing once again about universal health coverage this week, both in Indonesia where it has been introduced to large swathes of the population already, and India, where progress has been made but the initial programme has been delayed at least a month beyond its (now missed) launch date of last Wednesday.

FREE BLOG Efficiency, Quality and Relationships – the three parameters for any for-profit healthcare group

Stripping away M&A and financial things like indebtedness, all for-profit healthcare businesses will succeed or fail based on these three parameters. And all can be measured along them, too. They are: Efficiency creates higher EBITDA and competitiveness. Relationships whether B2B or B2C determine sales levels if you fulfil customer-perceived needs. Relationships are about trust and […]

FREE BLOG Who can successfully build international hospital chains?

A lot people want to be big in hospitals internationally. The latest to enter the market is US operator Steward Health Systems which acquired in Malta in January, is in talks in Croatia and has a strategy of being number one in 7-8 slightly obscure countries. We think the key differentiator is skin in the […]

FREE BLOG Is pilfering patients from the developing world ever okay?

When a healthcare giant with deep pockets says it will enter an emerging market, the cynic's reaction is to see an international referral stream. A non-profit once bemoaned to us that there is much truth in this. But what if it's the only way they'll agree to invest in the first place? And what if the good they do locally far outweighs the patients lost abroad?

FREE BLOG Ukrainian free market “creating opportunities for investment”

Earlier this month, the Ukrainian government set in motion sweeping healthcare reforms that will allow citizens to sign contracts with private providers for the first time. Healthcare Europa speaks to Michael Amsel, CEO of Lissod, a private oncology hospital in the ex-Soviet state, about the investment opportunities this newly-created free market could engender.

FREE BLOG Ramsay bids for Capio: an analysis

As reported last week, Australian giant Ramsay has bid for European hospital group Capio. Here we look at what could be the biggest operator deal in Europe since Fresenius bought Quironsalud two years ago. Does Ramsay's bid really undervalue Capio, will other bidders enter the fray, and could this move lead to a break-up of the company?

FREE BLOG Could Abraaj’s difficulties cool interest in investing in poorer markets?

Healthcare Nova has been reporting regularly on the worsening troubles facing Abraaj, the under-fire global investment institution investing in markets across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Turkey. It has displayed impressive – and laudable – ambition, striving to assemble massive healthcare networks in larger, poorer, cities. But as other investment firms now pick over the bones of what is left of Abraaj’s grand designs, will this put other large investors off putting money into heathcare in emerging markets?

FREE BLOG Interview: Andy Jones, CEO, Ramsay Health Care UK 

Ramsay may be only the fifth largest private hospital operator in the UK but it is demonstrably the most cost-effective and has a clear-cut ambition to be the UK number one. We talk to Andy Jones about the individual market, NHS partnership, procurement and the hotelier model.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2017: Improved HR increased responsibility, cut communication errors and increased patient numbers

By improving HR procedures, Apollo Dhaka Hospital has seen significant improvement in communication errors, accountability and a 15% increase in patient admissions. Apollo Hospitals Dhaka is the only JCI Accredited 450-bed multi-disciplinary super-specialty tertiary care hospital in Bangladesh, providing health care with the latest medical, surgical and diagnostic facilities.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2017: Coaching users to optimum health through an app

The Quealth app has 111,000 users and focuses on combating five prominent lifestyle-driven diseases. It shows users how their lifestyle is effecting their health, and encourages a healthier lifestyle. The unique algorithms which Quealth uses helped them differentiate them from the rest of the nominations in this category.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2017: Connecting sub-Saharan Africa to better healthcare through mobile technology

PharmAccess is a Dutch NGO that works to improve healthcare access and services in sub-Saharan Africa through mobile technology and providing financial loans. It was a finalist because the M-TIBA solution is unique, claims 250,000 users and incremental increase in revenue. It connects patients and providers, remitters and employers, as well as governments, insurers and donors onto one platform.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2017: An online and international GP Service

Doctor Care Anywhere showed how doctors are consulting with patients in over 70 different countries and provide treatment and advice in all locations. The fast-track referrals to AXA PPP healthcare recommended specialists, seamless referrals to Nuffield Health in-person GPs, a global prescription management service and personalised health tracking and medication reminders, meant that Doctor Care Anywhere stood out from the crowd and was the only telehealth company to make the final shortlist.

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