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Interview: Jaakko Olkkonen, Wellmo: The future of insurance – Preventative health services and wearables

Savvy insurers - big players like Generali, Germany's second largest primary insurance group, and Vitality in the UK, are moving into preventative health services – suggesting there's money to be saved here. Experts seem to agree within five years, wearable... [+]

Interview: Frederic Llordachs, CEO of review and booking site Doctoralia

Doctoralia, the Spanish-based online healthcare appointment booking and review site with a strong presence in Latin America merged with its Polish-based competitor DocPlanner last year. Healthcare Europa talks to Doctoralia CEO Frederic Llordachs about business models, the merger, and the future of booking sites.

Interview: Andy Lockwood, managing director of Capita Healthcare Decisions

UK outsourcing giant Capita has had a torrid year with three profit warnings knocking a third off its share price. It’s selling off non-core activities trying to turn its fortunes around but the inclusion of its medical recruitment business in the sell-off does not signal a withdrawal from healthcare. Instead, as MD Andy Lockwood explains, it’s bundled four of its health offerings into Capital Healthcare Decisions, which offers tech solutions to providers and payors both public and private and at home and abroad.

Interview: Marijan Bilic, Balkans director at Affidea

Netherlands-based pan-European diagnostics imaging group Affidea, which operates 220 diagnostics centres in 16 European countries, has just entered the Serbian market by opening a €4m neurology hospital in Belgrade. Affidea’s Balkans director Marijan Bilic explains why.

Interview: Päivi Metsäniemi, Chief Physician and Juha Tuominen, CMO, Terveystalo

Terveystalo, Finland’s largest private healthcare provider, has developed a monitoring and data analytics package to better identify patients at risk of or suffering from type 2 diabetes. The group says it could help the country save €2bn a year and that it is already making a profit from Etydi. We speak to Päivi Metsäniemi, Chief Physician, and Juha Tuominen, CMO, at Terveystalo, who have applied to the HBI 2017 awards in the Best Use of Digital Health category.

Interview: Jill Watts, CEO BMI Healthcare

Jill Watts has worked in healthcare for almost 40 years, and since she was appointed group CEO of BMI Healthcare in November 2014, she's been widely credited with turning the business around. A former CEO of Ramsay UK, she has strong views about the market, the state of the NHS, and the role of the private sector. Here's what she had to say when Healthcare Europa caught up with her in London.

Interview: Fredrik Gren, CEO, and Daniel Warnholtz, CFO, Ambea

Swedish disabled and elderly care services provider Ambea, the second largest in the country with 2015 revenue of SEK4.4bn (approximately €470m), wants to reinforce its presence in the disabled care segment, increase residential care and have a contract model less reliant on outsourcing. Healthcare Europa asks CEO Fredrik Gren and CFO Daniel Warnholtz why - and whether an IPO is on the cards.

Interview: Dr Chai Patel, chairman and CEO, HC-One

Chai Patel, former Ugandan refugee, medical doctor, adviser to the Blair government and, after selling his stake in British-based nursing home group HC-One two years ago, serial entrepreneur is one of the more colourful characters in the normally staid world of British adult social care. With 25 years of experience in the market, he's also well-placed to comment on its current plight. In this wide-ranging interview, he gives Healthcare Europa his assessment of the industry's health and reveals details of HC-One's future strategy.

Interview: Aarne Aktan, CEO, Pihlajalinna

The health and social care group, Pihlajalinna, is the biggest (and arguably hardest to pronounce) name in Finnish outsourcing. It opened its first joint venture with Jämsä in 2010 and now receives 55% of its sales through this model. But the Finnish Sote reform, which will totally reshape the market, is fast approaching. Still, Aktan claims that Pihlajalinna, a weak consumer brand, will adapt to freedom of choice and the end of outsourcing as he knows it.