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FREE BLOG The trouble with forecasting growth in nursing homes

Listening to providers across the board, one would think forecasting growth is simply a matter of predicting demographics. Add political and regulatory limitations and you've got a pretty accurate picture of how the market is going to develop. In actual fact, we think predicting growth is a far more complex equation, where growth limiters will play a far more prominent role than providers would have us think.

FREE BLOG Can domiciliary care ever be sufficient for people with complex needs?

People with complex mental health care needs require robust staffing and regulatory practices from domiciliary care providers. The UK is falling painfully short of such standards, with the BBC reporting an increase in serious injuries of 300% in the last eight years for residents with complex needs being cared for in the community. Such a rise is shocking and begs the question: If the UK can't manage it, can domiciliary care anywhere really meet the needs of such residents, and at what point do we decide when a patient should move to community care?

FREE BLOG Is Acute’s little brother Rehab coming of age?

HBI has just finished a deep dive into the rehabilitation sector. This small, fragmented, poor relative of acute care is often ignored by operators. A perception of low margins and a reluctance among acute hospitals to refer on to rehab cannot be helping. But things are changing, and new markets are opening up.

FREE BLOG Arab Health: All bark and no bite?

Once a year, over 80,000 healthcare operators, providers and experts gather at Dubai's World Trade Centre for four days of Arab Health. According to suppliers, it's the event at which payors and providers begin to think about what they might like to purchase and where they might consider expanding.

FREE BLOG Is the bottom line really to blame for nursing home failures?

A new scandal is erupting in the care home sector. A Nordic nursing home has been found to be falling far short of the standard of care its residents have the right to expect, and an angry public wants someone to blame. Yesterday, the CEO of Finland’s largest nursing home group by revenue fell on […]

FREE BLOG Blockchain is transforming health insurance in Emerging Markets

A five-week pregnant woman in Singapore today can take out a S$79 insurance policy with MetLife to cover gestational diabetes (GDM). If 12-weeks later her blood glucose tests comes back positive, her nurse can input that affirmative data on the system and the patient is immediately sent S$500 from her insurer.

FREE BLOG Primary care disrupted by patient choice

Primary care is one of Europe's most underdeveloped markets, despite many practices being owned and run as private businesses. Private equity has largely steered clear and the market is yet to find another consolidator. Reform is underway in parts of Europe giving patients more choice in primary care and outpatient settings, however - and this could disrupt the market.

FREE BLOG Here’s to entrepreneurs

As with any for-profit sector, entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of health care services, although they keep a particularly low profile in this industry - for obvious reasons.

FREE BLOG The Saudi dichotomy: opportunity or risk?

When you talk to anyone about the MENA healthcare market, it’s very hard to steer the conversation away from Saudi Arabia. It’s awash with potential – but is the Khashoggi case having the cooling effect some in the region feared?

FREE BLOG Will wellness genetics disrupt healthcare?

Swab your saliva, or extract some blood, and send it off in the post. In a few weeks, you can have a report suggesting what exercises you should do, how much coffee to drink, and your risk of developing metastatic breast cancer. There's a new wave of lifestyle/wellness/preventative health tests being sold B2B and B2C across the world. Could wellness genetics disrupt the market?

FREE BLOG Mapping the internationalisation of healthcare in 2018: what does it show?

We map out 2018's international expansion - and retreat - by healthcare operators in one infographic. It reveals clear trends, like; which regions are the most attractive, where sluggish growth is forcing expansion abroad and which sectors are internationalising fastest. But many big players have also cut their losses in foreign markets this year, so was it, on balance, a positive year for proponents of international diversification?

FREE BLOG Providers must reward patients for releasing their data

Patients are notoriously protective over their health data, particularly where large tech firms are involved. That's because, up to now, few have encouraged them to release this data with financial rewards. Data, we hear, is the black oil of the healthcare industry and cryptocurrency could be the carrot that patients need.

FREE BLOG Private sector can set example to the public

The private sector likes to brag about how it can introduce superior quality to emerging market health systems so it's refreshing to have this confirmed by those without an interest. Especially in a country where the price paid to private operators has been called into question.

FREE BLOG Is Google’s new healthcare guru searching for EHRs?

Google has a new man to lead its healthcare ventures, with experience in integrated care systems, electronic health records and genetics. At the same time, the US-tech giant has finally moved its UK-based healthcare data algorithm mining company over to its US HQ. Coincidence? We think not.

FREE BLOG Why Brazil is following in America’s footsteps

Donald Trump isn't the only president on the other side of the Atlantic to turn a nation's political landscape on its head. Brazil's new populist president, Jair Bolsonaro, shocked pundits the world over by bagging the presidency - and showed the world he can be as vitriolic as his US counterpart, too. But the business world likes him.

FREE BLOG Will integrated care be a happy by-product of telehealth?

Integrated care remains an enigma across most of Europe despite the best (expensive) efforts of some - the UK's NHS infamously abandoned IT system cost £10bn alone (€11.5bn) in 2013. With the increasing adoption of telehealth, could this be about to change?

FREE BLOG Best IT prospects are the most boring

The media (including us) have all gone nuts about AI and all manner of digital health apps. But the real tech opportunities in health care are in boring stuff. There are dozens of healthcare tech companies which have raised over $50m and yet whose revenue piddles along at $1-2m a year. The hope, of course, is […]

FREE BLOG Will Khashoggi case fallout affect the Saudi healthcare market?

The CEOs of Siemens, Uber, Japan’s biggest bank and the US Treasury secretary pulled out of a conference in Saudi Arabia which started yesterday, in light of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death. Might this dampen international appetite for taking part in crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s healthcare reform process? Turkish president Erdogan yesterday branded the killing […]

FREE BLOG Aleris – too much to handle?

Ambea has bought a really mixed bag of assets in purchasing Aleris’ care division. And Aleris extraordinary service mix and very low margins is a lesson in the need to focus. Aleris’s care division covers everything from addiction clinics and day centres through to childcare, elderly care, adult care, psychiatry and even refugee centres. Given […]

FREE BLOG Here is why there are so few international chains in health care services

There are six main reasons why there are so few truly international players, outside of dialysis. You first have to recognise that health care services are far more complex than manufacturing, and by far the most complex service industry. It, therefore, reflects local cultures and politics in a way which a car manufacturing plant simply doesn't.

FREE BLOG The “no arseholes” rule

There was an interesting discussion at a London forum on how investors and the CEOs of operators best worked together and whether physicians made good bosses. Dr Tony Romero, the CEO of London-based Cygnet Health Care, said that, when he was vetting private investors for his last investment, he decided to not necessarily go with […]

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