New AI act could stifle EU innovation – but benefit the UK

After 38 hours of deliberation, a long-awaited deal has finally been reached in Brussels. HBI speaks to three market experts to understand what the AI Act - the comprehensive European framework for AI innovation and regulation - could mean for the future of healthcare in Europe.

HBI 2023: Managing your costs in challenging times

Rising costs from inflation, wages, and energy are indiscriminately hitting the health care sector and despite government support packages being pledged, the road ahead looks arduous. So how do providers control costs, and what are the strategies to keep costs at bay?

HBI 2023: The outpatient differential

For years there has been a trend towards using outpatient services wherever possible - to improve patient outcomes, to better use an increasingly scarce workforce, and to increase cost efficiency. On the “Outpatient differential” panel at HBI 2023, how this push looks across the world was a key topic for discussion.

Digital health booming in CEE

Digital health is booming in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), boosted by several countries in the region introducing major policy initiatives to integrate telehealth solutions and digitise their health systems. CEE-based multinational law firm Kinstellar spells this out in its latest ‘Current eHealth trends in CEE and Turkey’ report.

Acibadem eyes up UK opportunities

IHH-owned Turkish hospital group Acibadem has opened a contact centre in the Harley Street medical area in the UK and has an eye on market opportunities. HBI speaks to an operator and an advisor to find out more.

WHO criticises prominence of for-profits in Bulgaria

A World Health Organisation (WHO) Report published in July chastises Bulgaria’s Health Ministry for allowing the for-profit sector to dominate the nation’s healthcare, while much needed reforms look to be on hold following the collapse of the government.

CEE – a land of opportunity?

With 125 million people - 80 million of whom live in the big four (Poland, Romania, Czechia and Hungary) - CEE is a large and diverse market. But is it a tempting one? HBI-365 members heard an expert panel in our CEE State of the Regions broadcast suggest that while COVID is creating huge problems across the world, it is also creating opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe.

Darzalas kickstarts pan-Southeast European rehab platform

Darzalas Capital, the investment firm of Ilian Grigorov, has begun the creation of a Southeast European post-acute rehab and elderly care platform with the acquisition of Greece's largest specialised rehabilitation hospital for nominal €1 plus liabilities. We talk to Grigorov.

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