Apollo’s $3.2bn pharmacy arm selling stake after spin off

Apollo Hospitals, India's largest hospital group by revenue, has spun off its pharmacy and digital business into a new subsidiary and appointed banks to sell a 15-20% stake. Amazon was considering a $100m stake in the division at the end of last year as India's online pharmacy sector continues to see a glut of investment with rival PharmEasy also targeting a $9bn IPO.

How the world’s largest consumer PE house views healthcare

At HBI 2020 we interviewed Chinta Bhagat, a managing partner at private equity house L Catterton, the world’s biggest private equity investor in consumer products and retail, about the destruction of the general hospital and the new digital models that will replace it. “If you don’t have digital embedded in everything you do in such a way as to give the customer a choice of how to interact with you, your business will eventually be destroyed,” he says. Bhagat should know, he led McKinsey’s healthcare practice in Asia for many years and at Khazanah Nasional was intimately involved in the creation of Pan-Asian hospital chain IHH. He is now scouting the world for digital healthcare investment opportunities.

Deploying new generation apps – 6 things health care operators must get right, and the 13 mistakes they often make

New tech promises to allow humans AI-driven health care conversations over text, voice, and email, leading to real dialogue and much more intelligent monitoring. Some of this stuff is here now.  Here are the six main cornerstones health care operators should know when deploying it, and the 13 big mistakes that affect health care operators when they try and do tech stuff.

Interview: Nasser Al Hagbani, CEO, Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Services Group

Saudi/UAE hospital operator Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Services Group (HmG) is by far the largest player by revenue in the GCC at $1.3bn. Shares have all but doubled since its IPO in March, making it the sixth-largest hospital stock globally by market capitalisation at $8.5bn. Its lucrative tele-ICU centre is the largest in the world by beds monitored. In this exclusive interview, Hagbani discusses HmG's listing, business model, Saudisation efforts, declining expat market and of course COVID-19.

Amazon’s Indian e-pharmacy play triggers rapid consolidation

In the space of a week, Amazon has launched an online pharmacy pilot in India, the country's largest retailer has retaliated by buying a controlling stake in established rival Netmeds, and the market's other two largest players - PharmEasy and Medlife - have merged to create a $1.2bn+ valued company. This is despite ongoing legislation that might ban e-pharmacies from any activity at all.

Zur Rose buys TeleClinic

Zur Rose Group, Europe's largest online pharmacy group, has bought German telehealth player TeleClinic for a "mid-double digit million" price tag.

Aster shows Covid impact on India and GCC

Thanks to Covid, Aster DM, the GCC to India clinic, hospital and pharmacy chain, saw a 25% drop in revenue across both geographies in April. May and June have seen improvements with a return to normal expected in the autumn, providing there is no second wave. We look in detail at the impact of Covid in March to June and report full year results to March 2020.

Exclusive prediction: Pandemic reaching turning point in Europe?

An exclusive analysis by Chinese insurance giant Ping An suggests COVID-19 cases could reach a turning point in the next few days, hitting the peak of new confirmed cases by later this week / early April,  with that figure set to fall thereafter.

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