Three key takeaways from the Pan-European Procurement Summit

A common refrain at the Pan-European Procurement Summit in Brussels was that price and quality are the two biggest concerns for procurement professionals. HBI heard plenty on price – especially price transparency – but rather than quality, attention turned to the growing concerns of sustainability and digitalisation.

Althea to be sold to Inframedica Sarl

Private equity firm Permira has agreed to sell healthcare equipment service provider Althea to oncology platform Inframedica Sarl, which is owned by infrastructure investors F2i and DWS.

Finnish SOTE reform ‘could create more outsourcing opportunities’

In July 2021, Finland’s leftist parliament passed the long-awaited SOTE reform to its healthcare system, which amalgamated 309 municipal health authorities into 21 much larger ‘welfare regions’. HBI speaks to analysts and operators to find out what impact the reform is having on the for-profit sector.

Interview: Markus Grad, CEO, British Medical Auctions

British Medical Auctions (BMA), an auction house specialised in selling second hand medical equipment that UK hospitals no longer need, has a new owner in TBAuctions, a subsidiary of the largest auction house in Europe. HBI catches up with BMA’s founder and CEO, Markus Grad, to find out more about what the company does and its plans for future growth.

$3bn Imaging AI sector will re-shape industry after watershed 2019/20

Imaging AI solutions which can read images just as well as radiologists are now demonstrably effective medical products that will revolutionise the medical imaging industry forever. $1.5bn in VC funding has been ploughed into companies developing solutions whose tech promises to transform diagnosis and improve operational efficiency. We talk to seven of them who've commercialised products in 2019/20, operators using them, and look at the sector in detail in this long-read feature.

Mediclinic: stake in Swiss procurement disruptor “does not impact Sana agreement”

Switzerland's largest private hospital group Hirslanden's investment in a self-proclaimed 'disruptive' procurement outfit does not affect its cooperation with the procurement hub of German hospital Sana, parent company Mediclinic tells HBI. But the group has yet to reveal what it has gotten out of the cooperation with Sana. 

Prices for PPE stabilise

After a severe shortage and sky-high prices, personal protective equipment (PPE) supply has improved and prices have stabilised, say operators and purchasing organisations.

Exclusive prediction: Pandemic reaching turning point in Europe?

An exclusive analysis by Chinese insurance giant Ping An suggests COVID-19 cases could reach a turning point in the next few days, hitting the peak of new confirmed cases by later this week / early April,  with that figure set to fall thereafter.

EIT Health starts to map data sources

Most attempts at innovation in healthcare are still being built with insufficient access to the data that defines the problem. The EU's health innovation arm, EIT Health, is calling for providers to be more data transparent for the sake of policymakers and entrepreneurs. HBI speaks to its CEO and director of innovation about curating data.

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