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Interview: Michael Sandhu, Remedium RT

After a long career at radiotherapy supplier Varian where he ended as Vice President, Global Market Development, Michael has set up his own consultancy to advise governments, international agencies and the private sector on the development of radiation therapy services in general and the best business models.  HBI asks him where the opportunities are and what they look like. 

DomusVi president quits

DomusVi's Aymar Hénin is quitting as President, despite the company's recent acquisition spree. Puzzlingly, the company says he quit on November 7 but has yet to make a public announcement despite having a large bond issue outstanding.

Spanish dental group up for sale

Despite having only formed last year, Vivanta, Spain’s third largest dental group by revenue in a very fragmented market, is for sale. We ask why it is for sale so soon, what price it might reach, and who might be in the running to buy it, US bank Moelis & Co has been appointed to […]

Centene bets on the survival of the Alzira model

Spanish hospital group Ribera Salud is going back to its Spanish PPP roots with the acquisition of a hospital (through its owner Centene) in Madrid, despite recently looking to Eastern Europe and LatAm for profits after its core, Alzira model ran into difficulty in Valencia.

Interview: Giuseppe Recchi, CEO, Affidea

Healthcare Europa speaks to Giuseppe Recchi, CEO of pan-European advanced diagnostic imaging specialist Affidea, to find out about the company’s foray into outpatient care, the state of AI, and plans for the future.

Dementia insurance policies in Europe within a year

Dementia policies which pay out for care are available in Japan and the USA and will be sold in Europe by the autumn of 2019 or earlier, says Peter Ohmenus, President and CEO of Dacadoo, the digital genetics wellness platform.

French nursing home chain acquires Spanish group

IK Investment-backed Colisée, France's fifth largest nursing home group, has entered the Spanish market with the acquisition of nursing home and assisted living chain STS Grup.

Ratings platforms consider transitioning to telemedicine

It's not easy to start a telemedicine platform from scratch. Companies must invest heavily in physician acquisition while building patient brand recognition and trust. But what if hundreds of patients and physicians already visit your website every day for a different purpose? Could any of the increasingly ubiquitous rating platforms consider a transforming to telemedicine? HBI speaks to such platforms to find out more.

Ribera Salud targets CEE expansion

Spanish hospital group Ribera Salud has increased its holding in Slovakian imaging and radiology provider Pro Diagnostic Group (PDG) – and says it is targeting further expansion in central and Eastern Europe.

Fresenius CEO hints at third country expansion for Helios

German and Spanish hospital giant Fresenius Helios saw 10% revenue growth in the first six months of 2018 and nearly the same EBITDA growth. Fresenius group CEO Stephan Sturm says Helios is looking at a third country, and we talk to an analyst about the various M&A opportunities the group has been linked to as well as the outlook in Germany generally.

Spanish dental group looks to Portugal for expansion

Despite forming only last year, Vivanta is a top three player in a fragmented Spanish dental market. Healthcare Europa caught up with CEO Juan Olave to find out more about the group’s progress to date, and its plans for the future.

Interview: BCG’s Michael Thorwarth – growth potential in the lab sector

Last week Healthcare Europa reported that Australian lab group Sonic Healthcare had acquired German anatomical pathology practice Pathologie Trier. With the European lab market looking increasingly consolidated, Healthcare Europa speaks to Boston Consulting Group partner Dr Michael Thorwarth about where he thinks growth potential in the sector lies.

Spanish dental chain bites the dust

Spanish dental chain iDental looks to have closed all its clinics, as it faces widespread complaints about the way it has conducted its business.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: Programme that minimises radiation doses for CT scans

CT scans, particularly in emergency settings, can generate high doses of radiation. Affidea has rolled out a programme across its 235 centres in 16 countries which prescribes levels for 72 different CT scans. This is based on its database of 75,000 examinations a month. This has led to Affidea creating 105 unified protocols to standardize operating procedures for CT scans. This program is key to Affidea’s strategy for winning international tenders.

Unilabs: Culture and brand transformation

A year ago we spent an evening with Jos Lamers, the CEO of Unilabs. A company doctor, who specialises in turning companies around, Lamers changed 80% of the top 100 top managers at Unilabs within 18 months of arrival. He decidedly (and correctly) delegated responsibility for achieving ambitious targets down to national managers. Yet here was this ambitious, tough-talking CEO enthusiastically describing the value of 360 degree reviews, the need for senior managers to reveal their vulnerabilities and ways in which people can achieve personal and performance change within the workplace. Blending a pragmatic, turnaround mindset with an appreciation of the softer skills required for managing change as clearly worked. Unilabs has dramatically lowered churn, upped organic growth and halved recruitment costs. We talked to Samantha Laurent, Unilabs’ Chief People Officer to find out more.

Interview: Giuseppe Recchi, CEO and Rowland Illing, CMO, Affidea

In a wide-ranging interview, we look at Affidea’s strategy and view of the market covering everything from partnerships with AI outfits, elite hospitals and payors through to the growth of private pay and the opportunities to manage entire health systems. How will the imaging services and radiotherapy group with HBI estimated sales of around €370m in 2017 grow and build over the next five years?

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