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Insight & Interviews

HBI 2017: Are non-specialised hospitals doomed?

As payers move away from rewarding volume towards rewarding value, care delivery is increasingly organised outside of hospitals. But to what extent is it happening? Speakers at the 2017 HBI conference suggested that while it is too early too announce the death of hospital care, operators are facing some severe disruptions.

HBI 2017: What is changing in the healthcare landscape in Emerging Markets?

Emerging Markets will make up 68% of the global GDP and 59% of global consumer spending growth by 2030. But how is the investment landscape changing, and where is the money flowing to? At the HBI 2017 conference in London, Hedley Goldberg, global head of healthcare services at Rothschild, Chinta Bhagat, head of Global Healthcare at Malaysian investment fund Khazanah Nasional Berhad, a big investor in hospital chain IHH, and Khawar Mann, managing director for healthcare at Abraaj, shared their expert views.

Interview: Neil van Heerden, Chief Marketing Officer at Caremondo and FairMed Online

Singapore-based second opinions group FairMed Online bought the Munich-based Caremondo medical tourism agency three months ago. That gives FairMed control over a patient pathway that stretches from a new diagnosis to treatment - but also across the world. Neil van Heerden, chief marketing officer at FairMed, told us what’s next for the rapidly growing online player.

Interview: Frederic Llordachs, co-founder of review and booking site Doctoralia

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 co-founder Dr. Frederic Llordachs, now a partner at DocPlanner, about business models, the merger, and the future of booking sites.

Interview: Fadil Elamin, Founder, Khartoum Dentist, Sudan

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

Interview: Prof Dr Hatem Elgabaly, CEO, RX Health Management

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.

Interview: Ariel Beery, CEO of MobileODT – turning mobile phones into diagnostic equipment

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.

Interview: Dr Nelson Gitonga, CEO of Insight Health Advisors

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.