It is ironic that conferences on best practice in healthcare are dominated by Americans – the people who have the world’s most dysfunctional healthcare system. Israel and Taiwan are much better bets. So how do they do it?
Internationalisation is often seen as the badge of success worn by high-flying companies. And yet – of late – we’ve seen a surprising number of companies pulling back from their international commitments to concentrate on their core business.
As reported last week, Australian giant Ramsay has bid for European hospital group Capio. Here we look at what could be the biggest operator deal in Europe since Fresenius bought Quironsalud two years ago. Does Ramsay's bid really undervalue Capio, will other bidders enter the fray, and could this move lead to a break-up of the company?
Ramsay may be only the fifth largest private hospital operator in the UK but it is demonstrably the most cost-effective and has a clear-cut ambition to be the UK number one. We talk to Andy Jones about the individual market, NHS partnership, procurement and the hotelier model.
Radio 4, the BBC's semi-intellectual talk channel, ran an interesting programme, the Private World of the NHS. Presenter Adrian Goldberg went through the various ways the NHS works with the private sector, which spends (gasp, shock, horror) 8p in every pound on services provided by the private sector. So what does it tell us about attitudes?
The German nursing homes market looks ripe for consolidation - 15,000 homes are run by 6,000 providers, but the market is heavily regulated. This is what every investor or operator looking at the market ought know according to Hermann Thiel, CEO of healthcare real estate consultancy Terranus.
German healthcare giant Fresenius' inpatient rehab business is moving from hospital subsidiary Helios to its service provision and project management subsidiary Vamed in a group-internal acquisition. We talk to Fresenius about the timing and logic of the deal and strategy for both companies going forward.
Do recent legislative moves in Russia, Germany and China legalising telemedicine mark a turning point for an industry which is yet to fulfil its potential? Or will resistance from the medical profession, concerns over cherry-picking and restrictive public contracts continue to hold it back?
Doctors in Germany will soon be able to treat patients via phone, text message, email or online chat after a large majority voted in favour of the change at the AGM of the German Medical Association (Deutscher Ärztetag), following a controversial debate.
Technology, properly applied, can make a heck of a difference to primary care. So will it lead to consolidation? A big Swedish group says that its primary care doctors now see twice as many doctors in a day after introducing a digital health frontend which offers chatbots and human chat. In fact, Swedish telehealth player […]
A massive training market is opening up thanks to the huge shortages the world faces of health and care staff. Dr Kate Tulenko, CEO of Corvus Health, a global workforce services company, talked at HBI 2018 about the HR problems operators can face – and the solutions to those problems.
Ali Parsa, the entrepreneurial founder of digital healthcare company Babylon, is happy to work with operators - but he doesn't think it's necessary or always the best option, as his recent agreement with Chinese social media and messaging giant WeChat shows. Healthcare Europa caught up with him at HBI 2018 to find out more.
It is the sheer volume of users that is most striking about today’s new patient platforms. Patient platforms have really taken off, that is the really notable thing from reviewing the entries for the Best Patient Platform HBI Business Model Innovation Award which will be given out tomorrow night at our awards dinner. Finalists include businesses with […]
The term integrated care can sometimes feel like an over-used buzzword. So it can help to think about what it means for the very patients who are most often failed by existing fragmented systems of care. For Jonathan Darer that means those with complex co-morbidities and how they are treated across the medical system from acute to their homes. Here we to talk to Dr.Darer, Medical Director, Siemens Healthineers and former chief innovation officer at Geisinger to explore why and what integrated care for such patients should look like and how to best deliver it. Few healthcare systems in the world are yet capable of delivering a continuity of care experience that is needed for these complex patients.
Imagine you are a European health or social services minister. Your hospital beds are clogged with older patients, many of whom are going to end up in nursing homes beds. Both are expensive for the state. Meanwhile, there is a housing shortage with many over 65s still living in family houses.