Recruitment, retention and training are now the primary challenges for the healthcare services industry. The obvious solution to keeping staff - paying more – is no longer working. Private operators around the world are now fishing in a global market that's short of 15m healthcare workers. So what practical solutions are operators putting into force and what really works? We talk to 25 operators from across the world.
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Despite increasing bureaucracy, spiralling costs, and local authority budget cuts, there is still money to be made in UK social care – but where and how?
January 4, 2017
You can’t become an expert in healthcare services overnight - but there are courses, MBAs or much shorter executive training courses - which say they can help to transform you or your staff into the next generation of healthcare managers, leaders and entrepreneurs. But can they really do this - and are they good value for money? Where should you send yourself, or your staff, to fill any gaps in knowledge that might be putting the brakes on a career? And does it matter if the management course isn’t focussed on healthcare at all?
December 14, 2016
The European diagnostic lab sector in 2016 presents opportunities, but also substantial threats. Apart from seizing market share from competitors, there are four ways that labs can grow sales – consolidation/rationalisation, diversification into new test groups, outsourcing and finally moving into other areas - be that imaging or outpatient specialty care.
November 11, 2016
A battle is being fought over England’s 340 million annual GP consultations. As waiting lists rise in the NHS, patients are flowing to a host of digital upstarts. Competition is fierce, prices are low and no one seems to like each other very much! We uncover the story of their race to get ahead.
October 21, 2016
Cosmetic surgery is en vogue in Europe. France and Germany alone saw over 1m procedures conducted for the first time in 2015. But a growth in popularity doesn't necessarily mean the arrival of a consolidation trend. While private equity groups like Aurelius and Polaris have invested in national chains, the market remains extremely fragmented. In this feature, we take a look at the emergence of new players, find out which treatments are growing and ask several executives in the sector about their plans.
August 31, 2016
During the peak of the tensions on Greece’s potential exit of the euro in the summer of 2015, private operators told Healthcare Europa of their difficulties to stay afloat in light of a 40% claw-back. Meanwhile, there were reports people could not afford to pay upfront costs and that hospitals were running dangerously low on the supply of basic medical equipment. So has anything changed?
August 25, 2016
The health insurance industry faces revolutionary change. eHealth is moving healthcare down the acuity curve, personalising treatment and bringing a new generation of wellness treatments online through mHealth apps. This, in turn, creates data, data that insurers are eager to get their hands on. They increasingly are, by creating their own bespoke apps or partnering with aggregators or popular wellness apps. But, adapting their business models to the data-driven economy, is moving insurers from a passive to an active role in people’s health, and raising tensions with consumer interests.
August 22, 2016
“eHealth is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it,” was how one attendee at eHealth in Amsterdam used Dan Ariely’s famous take on big data, summing up where the sector is today. There is more than a grain of truth in the jibe. But there is real progress. By 2018, 18 EU member countries are set to go live with the exchange of patient records and e-prescriptions. Estonia, the only country in the world to have a nation-wide Electronic Health Record (EHR) system built its eHealth system for only €10m –the equivalent of €7.50 per head. And Mhealth, remote monitoring and artificial intelligence all promise to transform the sector over the next decade. We investigate progress to date.
July 1, 2016
The NHS in England is experiencing an unprecedented crisis as funding deficits and waiting times rise. Pressures on the social care industry, where tariffs and costs are tracking divergent paths, are adding to the strain. The solution in the form of a compromise between the Treasury and NHS England guarantees £8bn of extra funding by 2020 in return for efficiency gains of 2-3% a year, leading to new care models that should join services together, improve care and save costs across the system. But what is the role of the private sector in this changing landscape?