Interview: Stefan Biesdorf, partner, health informatics and big data, McKinsey

Hospitals and insurers have been looking for consolidated digital health platforms ever since they grew tired of 'pilotitus' from a fragmented market. But what if they could become a central administrator to an "ecosystem" where thousands of start-ups become third-party plug-ins? Biesdorf is convinced that this is about to happen in Germany.

Rhoen expects 2020 EBITDA crash

German hospital operator Rhoen Klinikum 2019 sales grew three times faster than the previous year, but EBITDA was flat and is expected to fall substantially in 2020. Its move to outpatient is helping the top-line. HBI considers these results and board-level developments expected later this year.

Employer-pay growth loses to individual at big occupational healthcare groups

Occupational healthcare groups Medicover and Terveystalo are growing revenue at upwards of 25%, much faster than the 6-9% seen in other publicly listed groups so far this year. Historically employer-funded, individual pay is now growing three times faster than corporate. With Fresenius Helios setting out occupational healthcare expansion plans, what is the future of corporate pay?

Fresenius shares jump 5% on 2019 results as Helios beats expectations

Listed dialysis, pharma and hospital group Fresenius has seen a 6% jump in its share price after 2019 results were better than some analysts expected. But with significant Asia exposure in certain businesses, CEO Stephan Sturm says: "Coronavirus is not going to be a positive for us."

Ober Scharrer appoints new group CEO

Dr Markus Hamm, the former CEO of family-owned German hospital group Schoen-Kliniken, has a new role as group CEO of German ophthalmology group Ober Scharrer. What does this say about the company’s plans?

Schoen Klinik bidding for Priory Group

HBI understands German psychiatric operator Schoen Klinik is looking to buy Priory Group, the UK's largest psychiatric provider by revenue. The German contender would be a good fit for the company which has been on the block for almost a year. We talk to a market expert to find out more.

Filling an empty shift at short notice: disrupting agencies

Temporary agencies are expensive. Hiring a doctor through one in the UK can cost the NHS around €170 per shift and in Germany, the bill for a nurse comes in at anywhere between €70-€140. A handful of start-ups across Europe are deploying solutions to disrupt agencies and breakdown workforce silos. HBI looks at three - in the UK, France and Germany - to assess how the market is changing.

Interview: Stefan Klussmann, co-founder of Planerio

Poor scheduling, especially in DRG funded models, can be financially devastating if it leads to closed facilities and wasted patient appointments. What solutions are available to the market? HBI speaks to the founder of one automated scheduling solution, Planerio, about keeping MRIs running through M&A, complying with the law and Germany's workforce shortage.

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