Digital and AI


Benelux countries make moves on digital therapy reimbursement

The Netherlands and Belgium are closely following behind Germany in reimbursing digital therapeutics (DTx). Payors in the former are negotiating a strategy while the latter has just seen a rehabilitation app become the first to receive public payment. 

Interview: Pablo Pantaleoni, VP of global strategy, Headspace

Headspace started a decade ago as a meditation app founded by a Buddhist monk. It is now one of the world's most successful consumer B2C businesses with 65m downloads, 2m paying subscribers and north of $50m revenue. HBI speaks to Pablo Pantaleoni who is leading the early stages of clinical trials for digital therapeutics (DTx) through its medical subsidiary, Headspace Health.

Kaia Health eyeing France and UK launch

German digital therapeutics (DTx) app Kaia Health tells HBI it will soon launch in France and the UK after completing Europe's largest randomised control trial (RCT) for DTx focused on a chronic disease. 

Zur Rose buys TeleClinic

Zur Rose Group, Europe's largest online pharmacy group, has bought German telehealth player TeleClinic for a "mid-double digit million" price tag.

FocusCura acquired by Swedish locksmith conglomerate

Netherlands-based elderly tech solutions developer FocusCura has been bought by listed Swedish conglomerate ASSA ABLOY around 18 months after spinning off its telemonitoring app Luscii into a separate subsidiary. The €20bn market-cap 'access solutions' firm is a curious buyer but it tells HBI that the acquisition creates opportunities to develop further products for elderly care.

Elderly care post-Covid: HBI Big Picture Seminar

How has Covid affected the elderly care sector across EMEA? To find out, HBI-365, the new global digital platform, brought together a panel of three: Fredrik Gren, CEO and president, Ambea, a sophisticated and large Pan-Scandinavian care group, Alexei Sidnev, CEO, Senior Group, the largest player in a big emerging market, Russia and Pierre-Emanuel Bercegeay, CEO, Ouihelp, a VC-backed, digital-savvy domiciliary homecare start-up in France. The seminar was followed by the first meeting of our HBI-365 elderly community with a useful roundtable on workforce.

Interview: Daniel Soukup, head of EUC Virtual Clinic

The Czech Republic's largest primary care and occupational healthcare provider by revenue, EUC, has been leading the charge in bringing digital health care to the country. Daniel Soukup, head of its Virtual Clinic, tells HBI that while the service has before been only for its private-pay patients, it is starting to work much closer with public insurers to bring telemedicine to more people.

Medgate moves into public health support role for pandemic

Switzerland's largest telehealth player Medgate has shown how digital health firms can provide invaluable support during a crisis. The company tells HBI that it has gone beyond its traditional role of working with insurers to support a number of different initiatives during the pandemic.

Interview: Katharina Juenger, CEO, TeleClinic

For the first time in Germany publicly-insured patients can go straight to an app to have a teleconsultation without paying out of pocket. Small start-up TeleClinic is the first to launch a reimbursable service, which comes as the country's largest statutory insurer launches its own telehealth solution and KRY and Doctolib enter the market. TeleClinic CEO tells HBI it hopes to hit 100,000 consultations this year.

Telemedicine booth provider raises €15m

Investment activity in telemedicine booths has picked up over the past month with Babylon leading a Series B of US-based Higi and France-based H4D closing a €15m round. H4D's founder tells HBI that it's a half a billion potential market in France alone.

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