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IPOs no-show as market slows

Two of Europe’s biggest healthcare companies which were widely expected to IPO imminently are now, we hear, ruling out this year. Why the delay – and what does this tell us about the state of a slowing market? HBI speaks to an operator CEO and investment banking sources.

Romania’s largest healthcare group looks abroad

Listed Romanian healthcare group Medlife is looking to neighbouring countries for expansion, says its CEO. We analyse the opportunity in the four that he singled out, each of which is ripe for consolidation.

Joseph Priel dies

The most successful health care entrepreneur in central and eastern Europe has died aged just 65. What was this formidable man like and what does this mean for his many ventures?

PharmAccess helps roll out Universal Healthcare Cover

PharmAccess Foundation, the pioneering Dutch NGO which has lent money to 1,000 for-profit clinics across Africa and launched an innovative mobile health payment scheme in Kenya is now working closely with governments.

TPG in for Abraaj’s health fund

Private equity giant TPG Capital has reportedly entered exclusive negotiations to take over the management of Abraaj's $1bn healthcare fund which has assets in Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and India. It looks to be the end of a protracted saga which contacts say might dampen fund managers' appetite for so-called impact investing in emerging markets.

PharmAccess helps roll out Universal Healthcare Cover

PharmAccess Foundation, the pioneering Dutch NGO which has lent money to 1,000 for-profit clinics across Africa and launched an innovative mobile health payment scheme in Kenya is now working closely with governments.

Interview: Fatih Mehmet Gul, COO, Fakeeh University Hospital Dubai

We talk to the COO of Dubai's first university hospital which is being launched by Saudi group Fakeeh Care. Fatih Mehmet Gul discusses what his company's first UAE foray will specialise in, where the national market is heading and how soon the whole population will have mandatory health coverage.

FREE BLOG The secret of Israeli healthcare

It is ironic that conferences on best practice in healthcare are dominated by Americans – the people who have the world’s most dysfunctional healthcare system. Israel and Taiwan are much better bets. So how do they do it?

Priel to consolidate Croatian market

Joseph Priel, the founder of Euromedic which became Affidea, and the company's former Croatia CEO Dr Ivan Svajger have joined forces to consolidate the Balkan nation's fragmented acute care sector. We talk to Svajger about the market opportunity in the EU's newest member state. 

Mid Europa enters the Serbian private healthcare market

Private equity investor Mid Europa has entered the Serbian private healthcare market for the first time, with the acquisition of hospital operator MediGroup. We speak to a partner at seller Blue Sea Capital.

Falck defines core entities and puts Danish clinics into strategic review

Falck, the world's largest emergency services group which had 10.88bn Dkr (€1.45bn) of revenue from ambulances and health services, has defined its core businesses. Two businesses are "undergoing strategic reviews". There are rumours that majority shareholder, Lundbeck Foundation, might sell off the entire group.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2017: Training initiatives that massively improve quality and delivery

Aster DM described in great detail how enhanced learning programmes and cultural change, which left far more responsibility in the hands of staff, led to big improvements in care. One of the largest and fastest growing conglomerates in the MENA region, Aster DM Healthcare covers the full spectrum of healthcare services with a portfolio that includes hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centres, retail pharmacies and consultancy services.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2017: Improving diabetes identification and treatment

A new data warehouse solution enabled Terveystalo to identify individuals at risk of type 2 diabetes, identify people who had the condition and to transparently demonstrate value. Applied across the whole of Finland, the new system would annually save 31 ,000 years of labour and 2 billion euros according to independent academics.

M&A in Germany’s out-of-hospital care sector ramps up

Private equity giant Advent International has bought an 'out-of-hospital' and homecare group in Germany amidst a spate of similar deals, as gases giant Linde sells off assets in order to complete its merger with US counterpart Praxair.

Russian hospital ready for IPO

Russian private clinic European Medical Center looks to be greasing the PR wheels with a recent Reuters article in which the CEO says the company is ready to go public in London or Moscow. He also reveals margins, dividend payout and how the company is protecting itself from a devaluing ruble.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: Aligning many operations under a single brand

Many health care service groups have a multiplicity of different brands. MediGroup, a Serbian health care group with 2017 revenues of €30m chose to align all its operations under one brand and created a new communication platform around the question “How are you today?” The result was a 3% increase in brand awareness in one year alongside a 10% increase in calls and 18% increase in visits.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: Building a personal health plan service platform for over 600,000 patients

Oma Terveys is a personal health plan service platform that can be used to monitor and review your care history, personal health plan, lab results and wellness goals. It introduced an 24/7 online GP chat function in 2016 using both text and video calling with the ability to attach photographs. It employs 200 GPs to monitor the chat service and claims to be able to reply in seconds. The platform also allows physicians to chat with each other to share information. The app has more than 658,000 registered users and Terveystalo, the biggest, for-profit medical provider in Finland claims that 13% of its physical visits (5.25m in 2017) end up registering.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: A patient platform app with 40,000 regular users

Medicover Poland created a mobile application at the end of 2016 that allows patients to manage their health from anywhere in the world. The platform allows patients to make appointments, access test results, message the doctor and nursing staff, order prescriptions and access Medicover’s telemedicine platform for remote consultations. Over 130,000 have used the service, with 40,000 going on to become regular users.

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