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Insight & Interviews

HBI 2017: Are non-specialised hospitals doomed?

As payers move away from rewarding volume towards rewarding value, care delivery is increasingly organised outside of hospitals. But to what extent is it happening? Speakers at the 2017 HBI conference suggested that while it is too early too announce the death of hospital care, operators are facing some severe disruptions.

HBI 2017: The European Investment Landscape

The year 2017 should be a good one for the European healthcare services industry, with more money from more sources backing the best management teams and building international businesses, say panellists at HBI 2017. That is despite a fall in deal volume in 2016 and signs that 2017 may see lower levels..

Interview: Neil van Heerden, Chief Marketing Officer at Caremondo and FairMed Online

Singapore-based second opinions group FairMed Online bought the Munich-based Caremondo medical tourism agency three months ago. That gives FairMed control over a patient pathway that stretches from a new diagnosis to treatment - but also across the world. Neil van Heerden, chief marketing officer at FairMed, told us what’s next for the rapidly growing online player.

How do you design a patient centric hospital?

The award-winning New Psychiatric Hospital (GAPS) in Denmark claims to turn the waffle of patient centricity into bricks and mortar. Healthcare Europa asks Søren Daugbjerg, CEO of Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, one of the practices behind the project, about his take on hospital design - and asks whether there is any evidence that the design of a hospital can actually improve a patient's health.

Interview: Frederic Llordachs, co-founder 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 co-founder Dr. Frederic Llordachs, now a partner at DocPlanner, 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.