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Everything digital at HBI 2019

If there was one overriding theme to come out of HBI 2019, it is that the future is digital - and in some cases, it's here. Ten per cent of Finland's population is registered to use Mehilainen's digital healthcare app, patients make 25k digital healthcare visits every month in Sweden, and 90% of the world's healthcare data has been created in the past two years.

Indian dental group introduces “it’s not-a-franchise” franchise model

When is a dental franchise not a franchise? According to Vikram Vora, the founder and CEO of affordable dental care specialist Sabka Dentist, when it has more to offer. HBI caught up with him at HBI 2019 to find out more about the franchise with benefits which he says could add up to 2,000 new practices within three years.

Cerba/Lancet JV to expand

Cerba is set to expand its JV with pan-African lab network Lancet into more French-speaking countries.

South African government to outsource more electives

The South African government is taking a more private sector-friendly approach and should start utilising existing private sector capacity for elective surgeries in the next 1-2 years, according to a local operator.

Investor plans pan-African hospital chain

HBI hears of plans to build a substantial pan-African private hospital chain with an announcement expected as early as 2019. It would be the first investor to attempt this since now-defunct private equity firm Abraaj.

Radiant – Max merger close to completion

South African-based healthcare operator Life Healthcare is expected to exit India-based Max Healthcare in the next 30 days, as the latter completes its merger with KKR-backed Indian hospital management company Radiant Life Care. HBI talks to a source close to the company to find out more.

Indian operators looking for ways to make UHC pay

Many of the largest Indian operators are shying away from opting-in to India’s nascent foray into UHC for its poorest residents, for fear of losing too many of their private beds to the system.

NHS trust in talks for Gulf PPP

A source exclusively tells HBI that an NHS Trust specialising in psychiatry and mental health plans to export its brand of specialist clinics to the GCC.

Vivisol acquires in Germany and Brazil

Italian medicalised homecare group Vivisol has acquired two companies in Germany and three in Brazil. We spoke to the vice president of Western European operations at HBI 2019.

Healthcare services remain resilient to economic downturn

Credit funds and whopping piles of dry powder ($1.8trn in 2018) should save the sector from a valuation crash despite general market underperformance and a dire macro economic backdrop, said Hedley Goldberg, partner at Rothschild at HBI 2019.

Big South African hospital groups look to affordable care for masses

The new(ish) CEOs of Life and Mediclinic are keen to engage beyond their traditional elite markets of around 9m people. We look at new affordable models and where they could be exported beyond the rainbow nation. Both Life's Shrey Viranna and Mediclinic's Ronnie Van Der Merwe were at HBI 2019.

Metropolis kicks off IPO, targets $175m

Indian lab group Metropolis kicked off its IPO yesterday (Wednesday, April 3). It hopes to raise Rs 1,200 crore ($175m). We speak to an India-based market expert about the move.

Manipal shows ambition amidst glut of Indian hospital exits

Indian hospital group Manipal Hospitals will soon have financial backing from three of the world's largest investors, with its chairman citing ambitious growth plans after failing to acquire Fortis last summer. A handful of smaller hospital groups across the country are likely to trade soon. Private equity group Blackstone looks set to invest $450m in […]

Palcare expands to Ecuador

Argentinian medicalised homecare provider Palcare has expanded to Ecuador and is exploring four other Latam markets. 

Orpea advances in Latin America

Orpea, Europe's second-largest nursing home operator by revenue, has made big strides in Latin America, with acquisitions in Chile, Brazil and Uruguay in 2018. We speak to a market expert about its expansion, with a focus on Brazil, and its full-year results published this week.

Saudi Ministry of Health seeks more dialysis providers

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health is looking for more international operators to provide dialysis services across the Kingdom, despite having recently renewed contracts with Diaverum and DaVita. Local sources tell HBI that the Ministry wants international operators to help fill the supply gap in the Kingdom. The number of patients needing dialysis is expected to […]

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