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Merger creates Brazil’s second largest healthcare provider

The merger of lab and imaging specialist Diagnosticos da America (DASA) with São Paulo-based hospital network Rede Impar (RI) will create Brazil's second-largest provider of healthcare services by revenue. A market source tells HBI this could be with a view to an IPO next year.

FREE BLOG New HBI pipeline tool reveals long-held investments 

Nearly a third of all private equity-owned health care businesses in Europe have been held for at least five years, according to the new HBI Deals Pipeline tool. That suggests many private equity houses are struggling to sell on their investments.

Unilabs and Ribera Salud JV loses lab outsourcing contract

BR Salud, the Spanish JV owned by Unilabs and Ribera Salud, has lost its multi-million euro public contract to the country's fourth-largest lab group Analiza. It was worth, HBI estimates, 15-20% of Unilabs' Spain revenue.

Exclusive: Change at the top at Unilabs

Jos Lamers, 55, the man widely seen as the architect of modern-day Unilabs is moving away from a full-time role at the Pan-European lab and imaging platform, HBI can exclusively reveal. So what lies behind the move and who succeeds him as CEO?

Interview: Artem Sirazutdinov, Sistema and Medsi

By any measure, Sistema backed Russian healthcare network Medsi is doing rather well. Its most recent financial reports saw H2 revenue growth of over 40%, and the company continues to grow geographically. HBI caught up with Artem Sirazutdinov, chairman of the Medsi Board of Directors and a managing partner at Sistema, to find out more.

Fleury acquires Diagmax Group

Brazil's second-largest lab and imaging group Fleury has added six sites to its portfolio through the acquisition of local imaging group Diagmax Group.

France’s third largest lab group ‘for sale’

One of France's largest lab groups, Inovie, has appointed France-based international bank BNP Paribas to explore potential financing - but its complex shareholder structure and president's public objection to external investment leaves open questions about how any sale could work.

French labs strike over proposed 10% tariff cut

The majority of France's private lab groups have started a nine-day strike after the country's statutory insurer unveiled plans that could shrink reimbursement by 10% over the next three years.

Italy to start services in pharmacies

From next year some private pharmacies in Italy will be able to offer basic healthcare services as policymakers hope they become the first point of access.

French lab group seeks €400-500m sale

The owners of France's sixth biggest lab group Laborizon are reportedly selling a majority stake in the company, we hear, with first-round bids due Friday, September 27.

Affidea pulls Portuguese lab sales process

Pan-European imaging and outpatient group Affidea kicked off a process to sell its Portuguese lab business in 2018 but may have opted to retain it, HBI understands.

IDH to start mining lab data

Pan-African lab company Integrated Diagnostic Holdings (IDH) will soon start mining its database of 13m patients through a new subsidiary with the ultimate aim of layering extra services on top.

Unilabs under fire after missing testing targets

Stockholm's Health and Medical Administration has told Unilabs that it might have to fulfil the company's outsourcing tender with sub-contractors after long waiting lists emerged.

Integrated healthcare: What works, what doesn’t

What is integrated health care as practiced today in Europe? What can it deliver? And what are the barriers to its adoption>?  We look at the lessons from three large projects that have all run for over a decade - The Wigan Deal (UK), Tiohundra (Sweden) and Kinzigtal/OptiMedis (Germany). All three will present at the HBI Policy Summit, April 20-22, 2020, London. 

French healthcare companies hit by ransomware attacks

French hospital group Ramsay General de Santé has been hit by a ransomware attack affecting all 120 of its healthcare facilities. It comes as lab company Eurofins reveals the full financial implications of the ransomware attack it suffered two months ago.

Outsourcing boosts Sonic’s growth

Australian lab group Sonic Healthcare has seen outsourcing boost its organic growth in both the UK and Swiss markets, adding that it has acquisitions lined up in the €1bn German anatomical pathology market. Commentators say the company is the true consolidator of the German market. The group saw its strongest European growth in the UK […]

Regina Maria buys in Northern Romania

Romanian healthcare group Regina Maria, the second-largest for-profit health care group in the country by revenue, has acquired a clinic in the North as part of an active growth strategy before a likely sale next month, September 2019, by Mid Europa. We speak to a local consultant about the move.

Interview: Peter Graf, CEO, Tiohundra

Uniquely, we think in Europe, Tiohundra, an organisation serving a municipality of 62,000, has fully merged social care and health care delivery. Social care (elderly care, disabled care, homecare, psychiatry) and health care (hospitals and primary care) – have been melded in to a single organisation. So what are the learnings? And are we going […]
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