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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. 

“For-profit operators are key to UHC” says report

Universal Health Coverage is one of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and it's expected to be completed by 2030. But a newly released report argues that a lack of PPPs is stalling that goal. Healthcare Nova looks at the key findings...

Ada opens up markets with new languages

German telehealth company Ada claims that introducing new languages on its AI-powered “symptom checker” app will eventually open the market up to an additional 102 million people.

Ada opens up markets with new languages

German telehealth company Ada claims that introducing new languages on its AI-powered "symptom checker" app will eventually open the market up to an additional 102 million people.

New Nigerian hospital project looks for investors

A new hospital to be built in Lagos as part of an urban development project is looking for investors. We speak to the broker of the deal at real-estate brokerage firm Coldwell Banker Netherland (CBN). 

Netcare shares slide after underwhelming forecast

Investors were less than impressed by Netcare's recent announcement that earnings for the year to September 30 would be lower than last year - dropping its share value by almost 13% before a slight recovery. Netcare blamed "difficult trading conditions" but it is not the only one feeling the heat at home - Life and Mediclinic have also seen their values drop in the last six months. We talk to a South Africa based healthcare expert to find out what's wrong with the market.

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.

International healthcare insurers – it’s a hard life

What is it really like to be a big international private medical insurer? Based on interviews with (un-named) managers at several big groups, here is our take. What emerges clearly is that insurers see themselves as weak and may be surprisingly ignorant about provider networks. They still behave as little more than passive bill payers.

Ivory Coast could be the next big West African healthcare market

We hear that there has been a surge in interest in Ivory Coast's healthcare market in recent months continuing a trend that began as the dust settled from the  civil war. Coupled with a weakening of French influence, the market is opening up. Healthcare Nova finds out more from a well-placed source. 

Hospitals in our pockets: the future of African healthcare

Before British primary care digital health player Babylon came along, the Rwandan government had never signed a contract with a private healthcare provider. A universal healthcare coverage scheme called Mutuelles de Santé had been operating in the country since 1999, but ten years later was spending 9.7% of GDP on health. The government and its citizens needed a means to make healthcare more accessible and affordable: so in 2016 it invited a private digital health platform to help connect patients to doctors.

At least six firms vying for Abraaj’s US$1bn healthcare fund

At least six firms are reportedly in the running to take over management of embattled Abraaj's US$1bn healthcare fund, including TPG, Colony Capital and Cerberus Capital. We talk to contacts in the emerging markets investment community, one of whom says as much as half of the portfolio's EBITDA could be in one country.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2017: Connecting sub-Saharan Africa to better healthcare through mobile technology

PharmAccess is a Dutch NGO that works to improve healthcare access and services in sub-Saharan Africa through mobile technology and providing financial loans. It was a finalist because the M-TIBA solution is unique, claims 250,000 users and incremental increase in revenue. It connects patients and providers, remitters and employers, as well as governments, insurers and donors onto one platform.

Interview: Andre Meyer, co-founder, Invenico

We talk to the former CEO of South African hospital group Life Healthcare, Andre Meyer, a year on from his departure. He tells us about his start-up, Invenico, which he says he co-founded to tackle the biggest issues facing healthcare in South Africa. He also shares his thoughts on the acquisitions made under his tenure at Life.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: Value-driven outcomes tool that increases quality and cuts cost

In 2012, University of Utah Health introduced its Value Driven Outcomes (VDO) tool in both inpatient and ambulatory care, which has resulted in increased quality outcomes and more than $2.5m in cost savings. Providers can engage with the VDO tool to compare themselves to their peers and to identify standard care pathways and supplies that lower the cost of care while providing the best possible outcomes. The tool has been applied to sepsis, total joint replacement and laboratory services leading to improvements in outcomes and reductions in costs. The judges were impressed by the sophistication of the Utah offering. .

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: Urine tests at home using smartphones takes smartphone cameras into clinical quality medical scanners, using colour recognition and AI data sets to create a product for existing healthcare systems. Its first test kit is, which digitizes urinalysis, the second most common diagnostic test, particularly useful in prenatal health and chronic kidney disease. The solution increases access to testing and, by eliminating the need to travel to a lab, can be used in any setting at a low cost. Images are sent directly to the doctor, reducing wait time. The judges gave the award to on the potential for this single test which is being rolled out in the NHS in England and elsewhere.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: Measuring fat and muscle more accurately with MRI scans

The medical community relies on the notoriously inaccurate Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement when it comes to measuring body fat. AMRA has developed a way of producing 3D-volumetric fat and muscle measurements using a single six-minute MRI scan which is far more accurate. This will enable doctors to better identify at risk patients such as those with high fat levels in the abdomen – visceral fat. Elderly patients with muscle loss and increased fat, a debilitating condition known as sarcopenia, can also be identified. AMRA has introduced a new paradigm where rapid, 6-minute whole body MRI scans are analysed to produce precise, three – dimensional volumetric fat and muscle measurements. This standardized, automated method eliminates reader variability and reduces processing costs. AMRA also researches the relationships between fat, muscle and the development of disease, with the aim to become the new global standard in body composition. AMRA’s aim is also to support the precise tracking of treatment effects, the identification of who should participate in clinical trials, and the understanding of those who are at risk of developing disease.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2018: A low-band width teleradiology platform

Teleradiology Solutions, an Indian company which reads images remotely, has produced a platform that works on low-speed bandwidth, making it accessible in areas with poor digital infrastructure, particularly in rural areas of Africa and India. This works on a pay-per-click model making it more affordable and suited to small institutions as well as larger providers. It claims a 99% accuracy rate, 2% higher than the American College of Radiology standard of 97%. With coverage 365 days of the year, 24 hours per day, it is able to turn around emergency image reads in 15 minutes. It currently works in over 20 countries including the United States, Singapore, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Maldives and India.

South African cabinet approves National Health Insurance bill

The long-awaited National Health Insurance (NHI) bill has been approved by the South African government cabinet and will now be published for public comment. It is thin on financials but outlines what the single-payor health fund will look like.

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