Digital and AI


$3bn Imaging AI sector will re-shape industry after watershed 2019/20

Imaging AI solutions which can read images just as well as radiologists are now demonstrably effective medical products that will revolutionise the medical imaging industry forever. $1.5bn in VC funding has been ploughed into companies developing solutions whose tech promises to transform diagnosis and improve operational efficiency. We talk to five of them who've commercialised products in 2019/20, for-profit operators using them, and look at the sector in detail in this long-read feature.

Muted electronic patient record rollout in Germany

Just 2% of publicly insured Germans have registered to see their electronic patient record (ePA) since access was made mandatory at the beginning of the year. Many either don't know it exists or are worried about data privacy, HBI hears. That settles some answers to the question of whether it's worthwhile giving patients access to their own data.

How the world’s largest consumer PE house views healthcare

At HBI 2020 we interviewed Chinta Bhagat, a managing partner at private equity house L Catterton, the world’s biggest private equity investor in consumer products and retail, about the destruction of the general hospital and the new digital models that will replace it. “If you don’t have digital embedded in everything you do in such a way as to give the customer a choice of how to interact with you, your business will eventually be destroyed,” he says. Bhagat should know, he led McKinsey’s healthcare practice in Asia for many years and at Khazanah Nasional was intimately involved in the creation of Pan-Asian hospital chain IHH. He is now scouting the world for digital healthcare investment opportunities.

Digital coaching start-up Liva Healthcare raises €24.5m

Digital coaching group Liva Healthcare has raised €24.5m, led by Verlinvest, as it targets expansion into Germany and Benelux states. CEO Andre Sode tells HBI that providers using the tool can better monitor up to five times more patients annually.

HBI 2020: Lessons on reaching the patient

An insurer, an integrated healthcare provider and a telehealth player are three providers with very different experiences of being able to reach the patient. HBI looks at four tangible lessons from Aetna, Medicover and Kry from HBI 2020.

HBI 2020: Opportunities for AI are in non-clinical space

Most of the ongoing research into healthcare AI is in the clinical space. However, there are plenty of non-clinical tasks, like the protocols and positioning of MRIs, in which AI can boost productivity by 30-50%.

HBI 2020: Data drives Ping An and Teladoc’s global expansion

Ping An and Teladoc revealed their plans for global expansion at HBI 2020. The former says it's hard to leave such a big domestic market as China but has sights set on SE Asia and 'the developing world'. Teladoc is focused on Europe, Brazil and also on Ping An's home turf, China! Both are now capable of delivering full acuity care and have driven their insights using some of healthcare's largest datasets.

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