Interview: Cole Sirucek, co-founder, DocDoc

A Pan-Asian digital platform which uses over 500 data points to find the right specialist out of 23,000 doctors for individual patients is the basic idea behind the DocDoc platform. Why? Co-founder Sirucek reckons booking platforms and teleconsultation providers are “so irrelevant” to the patient’s problem when he/she is lost in the warring factions of providers and payors trying to maximise revenue. HBI explores.

Interview: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, claims to be the largest rehabilitation hospital in the USA, and works with groups from Bulgaria to UAE. HBI talk to Kelly Cox Watkins, Vice President, Market Development and Barry Fleischer, Executive Director, Advisory Services, about how to build a successful rehabilitation service, their groups' focus on patient ability, not adapting to disability and what that means in practice, and about its advisory work.

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.

Interview: Andrey Yanovsky, CEO, European Medical Center

HBI talks to the CEO of Moscow-based hospital operator European Medical Center (EMC), Andrey Yanovsky. He discusses its recent investment by a Russian billionaire, working with the state insurance fund and EMC's IPO prospects. 

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.

The rise of the retirement village: Benjamin Davis, CEO, Octopus Real Estate

Healthcare property investor Octopus Real Estate is betting big on UK retirement villages, investing £400m in a joint venture with operator Audley and asset manager Schroders to build 500 apartments across four UK locations. CEO Benjamin Davis tells HBI why he sees such large opportunity in this growing sub-sector.

Spanish diagnostics/radiotherapy group triples footprint by M&A – and plans more

Spanish diagnostics and radiotherapy group Atrys Health has gone on an M&A spree since IPOing on Spain's small-cap MAB index in 2016. The market has responded bullishly, now valuing Atrys' shares at around 20x 2019 pro-forma EBITDA. We talk to CFO Jose Maria Huch.

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.

Interview: Reef Group

A specialist developer is planning to turn an underground carpark under a central London park near Harley Street into a four-storey subterranean healthcare and wellness development. Provisional talks with private hospital and diagnostic operators have been held, while wellness and leisure operators could be housed under the same roof. HBI talks exclusively to the team at Reef Group and its partners about the plan to transform historic Cavendish Square.

Interview: Thierry Chiche, CEO, Elsan

HBI talks to the CEO of Elsan, France's second-largest private hospital group and the largest private equity-owned one by revenue outside of the US, as it approaches its sixth - and possibly final - year of ownership by CVC. In this wide-ranging interview, Chiche discusses the group's strategy, the French market and exclusively reveals its latest acquisition.

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