Digital and AI


HBI 2021: Insurers roll out digital platforms across Europe

Axa group in partnership with Microsoft has launched its digital healthcare platform in Italy and Germany this year, and has plans to launch in Spain, Belgium, and the UK in the next two weeks. An expert panel at HBI 2021 made up of Bupa, Cigna and Axa discusses how the Insurer market has changed and the future of digital platforms.

HBI 2021: Whether to buy or build digital health

There are three levels to digitalisation for healthcare providers: the foundation is clinical information systems, the middle is customer patient journey and the top is using data to understand it all. Elsan, Humanitas and Schoen Klinik talked at HBI 2021 about whether to buy or build these capabilities.

HBI Interview: Carlos Nueno, President, International, Teladoc 

How fast is the world outside America adopting telehealth and digital care in all its forms? Who better to ask than Carlos Nueno, president International for Teladoc Health, which ties with Ping An from China for the title of the world’s largest telehealth operator. So, what new business models are being rolled out and when? And how are countries adopting the new technology?

The new group building a hospital for millennials

Portugal has a new private hospital company which is building specialised acute care framed around the consumer behaviour of millennials. Why does the sector need a new player? Because the traditional operators have more difficulty in deploying good digital transformation, the project's CEO tells HBI.

Europe’s carer-booking market to pick up with new entrants

Doctor-booking platforms is an established multi-million euro market in Europe. However, platforms that connect families with carers have so far lagged behind. That is starting to change with the emergence of new carer-booking platforms that want to internationalise. HBI speaks to one, Greece's grandmama.

Apollo’s $3.2bn pharmacy arm selling stake after spin off

Apollo Hospitals, India's largest hospital group by revenue, has spun off its pharmacy and digital business into a new subsidiary and appointed banks to sell a 15-20% stake. Amazon was considering a $100m stake in the division at the end of last year as India's online pharmacy sector continues to see a glut of investment with rival PharmEasy also targeting a $9bn IPO.

Imaging AI investment booms post-Covid

Investment in the imaging AI startup space has soared 33% in 2021 so far, with new fundraising rounds, buyouts and IPOs signalling a renewed post-pandemic appetite for the technology. Partnerships between solution providers have also ramped up, possibly signalling precursors to full-blown mergers.

Digital health’s big players’ valuations rocket

The heaviest hitters in Europe’s digital health market have valuations at an all-time high: Babylon is valued at $4.2bn, Kry at $2bn and Alan at €1.4bn. There remains, however, a huge disparity between the M&A and the fundraising markets, with most buyers of these start-ups opting for early-stage acquisitions. HBI gives an overview of the market. 

AXA partners with Microsoft and buys providers

AXA and Microsoft have launched an ambitious and innovative digital healthcare platform that is already live in Italy and Germany with other major European countries to follow over the next six months.

Abu Dhabi signs Israeli MoUs for population health

Abu Dhabi will work with Israel's largest payor-provider Clalit and its largest hospital Sheba Medical Centre in two separate MoUs that promise to work on population health management, genome sequencing and digital health services.

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