Business Models and Strategy


Interview: Volker Wendel, CEO, Sanoptis

Dr. Volker Wendel founded Sanoptis in 2018 in Switzerland. Six years later, the group has grown to more than 400 locations across six European countries. Wendel explains to us how the group is able to add value to ophthalmologists who join the network and shares which areas the group will be focusing on in the coming years.

Interview: Katie Tryon, Director of Health Strategy, Vitality

With HBI 2024 fast approaching, we spoke with Katie Tryon, Director of Health Strategy at UK health insurance firm Vitality, about why sustainable healthcare is so important, and key changes and surprises the sector has faced in the last 12 months.

UK care home sector reaches strongest position in years

Whilst the care home market across much of continental Europe is still reeling from the triple hangover from Covid, the Orpea scandal and inflation, the UK’s care home sector is currently in the best state it's been in for years. 

Orpea rebrands to emeis amid turmoil

French care home operator Orpea has rebranded itself as emeis, in the wake of a tumultuous period marked by allegations of mistreatment in its facilities. The company's decision to change its name comes as it attempts to distance itself from the scandals that have plagued it since 2022, including accusations of abuse within its French care homes.

The 20-30% AI productivity boost available to health care providers right now

AI has the potential to boost productivity in health care in myriad ways. The most transformative applications will take time to be implemented, not just because of the nascent stage of the technology itself, but also because of lagging regulation and change-resistant clinicians. But there are applications which providers can implement right now that can provide huge productivity boosts. Oskari Eskola, CEO of BeeHealthy, a Mehilainen (Finland’s largest private health care group) spin-out that helps providers and insurers digitise, talks us through some of these.

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