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GE Healthcare “files papers for IPO”

American multinational conglomerate General Electric has filed the paperwork to IPO its healthcare arm in mid-2019, according to reports in the US.

Joseph Priel dies

The most successful health care entrepreneur in central and eastern Europe has died aged just 65. What was this formidable man like and what does this mean for his many ventures?

Interview: Gyorgy Leitner, President, Private Healthcare Association of Hungary

Healthcare Europa talks to Gyorgy Leitner, president of the Private Healthcare Association of Hungary (Primus), which is composed of the dozen largest operators in the country's small but fast-growing private healthcare sector. We discuss acute care in Hungary, and find out more about the market and climate for M&A.

TPG in for Abraaj’s health fund

Private equity giant TPG Capital has reportedly entered exclusive negotiations to take over the management of Abraaj's $1bn healthcare fund which has assets in Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and India. It looks to be the end of a protracted saga which contacts say might dampen fund managers' appetite for so-called impact investing in emerging markets.

FREE BLOG The secret of Israeli healthcare

It is ironic that conferences on best practice in healthcare are dominated by Americans – the people who have the world’s most dysfunctional healthcare system. Israel and Taiwan are much better bets. So how do they do it?

Ribera Salud targets CEE expansion

Spanish hospital group Ribera Salud has increased its holding in Slovakian imaging and radiology provider Pro Diagnostic Group (PDG) – and says it is targeting further expansion in central and Eastern Europe.

Interview: Philips Indonesia CEO on how the private sector is benefiting from UHC

In 2014 the Indonesian government pledged to introduce universal health coverage to the world's fourth most populous country.  Healthcare Nova speaks to the CEO of healthcare focused tech company Indonesia Philips, Suryo Suwignjo, about how healthcare companies can see opportunity where others see impossibility, and how UHC is facilitating the growth of the private market.

Interview: Erik Koornneef, head of AI at Cognit

Healthcare Nova speaks to Erik Koornneef, UAE-Based head of Watson Health at Cognit Technology Solutions, an AI solutions provider established as JV between Mubadala and IBM Watson with the aim to enable the adoption of artificial intelligence in the MENA region.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: Aligning many operations under a single brand

Many health care service groups have a multiplicity of different brands. MediGroup, a Serbian health care group with 2017 revenues of €30m chose to align all its operations under one brand and created a new communication platform around the question “How are you today?” The result was a 3% increase in brand awareness in one year alongside a 10% increase in calls and 18% increase in visits.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: Working with medical elites to outsource complex services

By engaging with elite public-sector institutions and demonstrating that it could deliver a PET/CT service which would be demonstrably better than an existing and fragmented model, Alliance Medical, a Life Healthcare subsidiary and one of the two largest imaging service providers in Europe, managed to win a national contract for 60% of all England capacity. Since the commencement of the contract, AML has introduced additional PET/CT imaging capacity and has provided over 56,000 PET/CT scans during 2016, a growth of 50%. The judges liked the way that Alliance has worked closely with elite doctors and institutions and then delivered a wide-ranging service which met, or beat, their expectations.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: Building a personal health plan service platform for over 600,000 patients

Oma Terveys is a personal health plan service platform that can be used to monitor and review your care history, personal health plan, lab results and wellness goals. It introduced an 24/7 online GP chat function in 2016 using both text and video calling with the ability to attach photographs. It employs 200 GPs to monitor the chat service and claims to be able to reply in seconds. The platform also allows physicians to chat with each other to share information. The app has more than 658,000 registered users and Terveystalo, the biggest, for-profit medical provider in Finland claims that 13% of its physical visits (5.25m in 2017) end up registering.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: A patient platform app with 40,000 regular users

Medicover Poland created a mobile application at the end of 2016 that allows patients to manage their health from anywhere in the world. The platform allows patients to make appointments, access test results, message the doctor and nursing staff, order prescriptions and access Medicover’s telemedicine platform for remote consultations. Over 130,000 have used the service, with 40,000 going on to become regular users.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: Value-driven outcomes tool that increases quality and cuts cost

In 2012, University of Utah Health introduced its Value Driven Outcomes (VDO) tool in both inpatient and ambulatory care, which has resulted in increased quality outcomes and more than $2.5m in cost savings. Providers can engage with the VDO tool to compare themselves to their peers and to identify standard care pathways and supplies that lower the cost of care while providing the best possible outcomes. The tool has been applied to sepsis, total joint replacement and laboratory services leading to improvements in outcomes and reductions in costs. The judges were impressed by the sophistication of the Utah offering. .

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: Programme that minimises radiation doses for CT scans

CT scans, particularly in emergency settings, can generate high doses of radiation. Affidea has rolled out a programme across its 235 centres in 16 countries which prescribes levels for 72 different CT scans. This is based on its database of 75,000 examinations a month. This has led to Affidea creating 105 unified protocols to standardize operating procedures for CT scans. This program is key to Affidea’s strategy for winning international tenders.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: Measuring fat and muscle more accurately with MRI scans

The medical community relies on the notoriously inaccurate Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement when it comes to measuring body fat. AMRA has developed a way of producing 3D-volumetric fat and muscle measurements using a single six-minute MRI scan which is far more accurate. This will enable doctors to better identify at risk patients such as those with high fat levels in the abdomen – visceral fat. Elderly patients with muscle loss and increased fat, a debilitating condition known as sarcopenia, can also be identified. AMRA has introduced a new paradigm where rapid, 6-minute whole body MRI scans are analysed to produce precise, three – dimensional volumetric fat and muscle measurements. This standardized, automated method eliminates reader variability and reduces processing costs. AMRA also researches the relationships between fat, muscle and the development of disease, with the aim to become the new global standard in body composition. AMRA’s aim is also to support the precise tracking of treatment effects, the identification of who should participate in clinical trials, and the understanding of those who are at risk of developing disease.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: A low-band width teleradiology platform

Teleradiology Solutions, an Indian company which reads images remotely, has produced a platform that works on low-speed bandwidth, making it accessible in areas with poor digital infrastructure, particularly in rural areas of Africa and India. This works on a pay-per-click model making it more affordable and suited to small institutions as well as larger providers. It claims a 99% accuracy rate, 2% higher than the American College of Radiology standard of 97%. With coverage 365 days of the year, 24 hours per day, it is able to turn around emergency image reads in 15 minutes. It currently works in over 20 countries including the United States, Singapore, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Maldives and India.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: Using spare capacity to offer low-cost imaging

Virtual network of 38 diagnostic centres in Switzerland, set to increase to 45-50 by June 2018. Corpus has built a platform providing flat rate imaging to HMOs and doctors for a discount of between 10% and 45%. This is achieved by acting as a preferred provider organisation for its partners, and through building volume with local exclusivity offerings for its diagnostic centres, directing patients from HMOs to these centres.

Abraaj sold out of court protection to Colony Capital

Abraaj Holdings and its fund management arm Abraaj Investment Management (AIM) have been sold out of provisional liquidation to Colony Capital, which changed its name from Colony Northstar in June 2018. The deal does not include the troubled Abraaj Global Health Fund, which has been hived off to Alix Partners. Colony is a listed US REIT with global ambitions.

Payor-operator agreement heralds quiet revolution in Czech Republic

A quiet healthcare revolution is taking place in the Czech Republic. For the first time in almost two decades, providers and payors have reached an agreement on fees without the need for intervention by the Ministry of Health. Healthcare Europa speaks to an operator who says this is great news for private providers and a large step towards the creation of a more open market.

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