Doctoralia, the Spanish-based online healthcare appointment booking and review site with a strong presence in Latin America merged with its Polish-based competitor DocPlanner last year. Healthcare Europa talks to Doctoralia CEO Frederic Llordachs about business models, the merger, and the future of booking sites.
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Insight & Interviews
Sudan is open for business. And those willing to take the risk of entering a previously sieged economy, may find themselves turning over more than $32m a year, just like Fadil Elamin who runs Khartoum Dentist, a growing chain of dental clinics in the capita
March 22, 2017
A serial healthcare entrepreneur who also spent five years as Egypt’s Minister of Health and Population, Prof Elgabaly is now raising a $200m healthcare fund for investment in Healthcare in Africa and is already at present proceeding with investments. We talk to him about the Egyptian and wider African markets and about his investment approach.
February 17, 2017
Are mobile phones the latest in high-tech, low cost diagnostic equipment? The humble mobile is being transformed into a medical tool, and the team behind this transformation say their bolt-on device brings expert clinical diagnosis to previously inaccessible areas. We caught up with Ariel Beery, co-founder and CEO of Israel-based MobileODT - which is in the running for the HBI Best Use of Digital Award at our 2017 conference in April - about his business model.
February 15, 2017
With experience of supporting the private sector, NGOs, development partners and the Kenyan Government, Dr Nelson Gitonga is well versed in the Kenyan health system. Right now, his services are likely to be in high demand. The country’s healthcare market is buzzing with foreign entrants and local players looking to cash in on a period of rapid growth. In this interview, Gitonga puts recent developments in their historical context and points to some areas of common oversight.
February 10, 2017
The insurance group Aviva’s recent sale of part of its Hong Kong business to internet giant Tencent proved digital is the destination for China’s insurers. But it’s in health insurance that “digitalisation” will show its true worth predicts Thalia Georgiou, founder of the consultancy Asia Care Group.
February 6, 2017
Apollo Hospitals Dhaka, a joint venture between its Indian namesake and the Bangladeshi STS Group, is Bangladesh’s first Joint Comission International accredited hospital. But Apollo’s chief of medical services Dr Prasad Muglikar tells Healthcare Nova it wasn’t costs or resources that were the main barrier to solving the problems of a lack of accountability and leadership on its wards – it was culture.
February 2, 2017
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) lends more than US$16bn to projects across the continent each year, primarily in the infrastructure field. Last year, just US$0.34bn of that lending went to health - but that is set to change as the bank's interest in social sectors is growing. So what role does the bank believe the private sector should play in the region's health systems? How will they achieve universal health coverage (UHC)? And how good is existing regulation? These are the questions we put to Susann Roth, a German doctor and public health specialist who has been with the bank for more than seven years.
January 24, 2017
Egyptian IT platform Vezeeta, a healthcare services booking site and practice management software, raised $5m for expansion across the Middle East in December last year. We speak to its CEO, Amir Barsoum.
January 23, 2017
Manasije Mishra is the CEO of Aetna India, and managing director of Indian Health Organisation (IHO). IHO runs a membership scheme which, for a modest fee, gives its half-a-million members access to everything from free consultations with a doctor to access to discounted outpatient and lab services, and telemedicine. We talk to him about his business model, his members, and his plans for expansion.