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HC-One for sale

The UK's largest care home operator is seeking a buyer. We hear it is existing investors - and not chairman Dr Chai Patel - looking for an exit and that the listed Europeans are likely to steer clear.

Medicover buys hospital in northwest Romania

Listed European and Indian outpatient, hospital and lab group Medicover has expanded in Romania by acquiring an independent 130-bed hospital in the northwest town of Oradea. We talk to local contacts about the deal.

UK care home chain pioneers use of robots

There will be a robot in every care home within five years. This is the bold prediction of Dr Sanjeev Kanoria, founder and chairman of Advinia Healthcare which runs a network of 38 homes in the UK. Healthcare Europa speaks to him about a pilot project designed to find out if talkative robots are ready to help residents coping with dementia. 

Kry: The Business Model

Here we look at the business model deployed by Kry, which together with Medgate and babylon, is one of Europe’s largest player in the delivery of digital healthcare. The Swedish company claims 2% of all doctor primary care visits in Sweden (350,000 since launch) and has since spring 2017 opened in Spain and Norway with a series of other openings planned in 2018 and pilot permission in the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg.  So what does it offer, who pays and how does it see the policymaker and legal debate around digital health rolling out across Europe?

Medgate AI project to cut costs by 30-40%

Digital healthcare pioneer Medgate is evaluating opportunities in Germany and other European countries. A chatbot based on the 12 million telehealth sessions it has held over the past 19 years is in development and will be launched at the end of 2018 and should reduce costs by 30-40%, Medgate CEO and founder Andy Fischer tells Healthcare Europa. 

Mehilainen sold to CVC

Mehilainen, the big Finnish occupational outpatient group has been sold in a deal valued at around €1.8bn to CVC by Triton and KKR. We talk to Mehilainen CEO Janne-Olli Järvenpää about the deal and growth plans. Will he look outside Finland?

Allied Healthcare strikes deal with creditors

UK domiciliary care group Allied Healthcare has struck an agreement with its creditors, allowing it to continue operating after serious short-term cashflow problems caused by wage hikes, compulsory back pay and delays in passing all this on to local authorities.
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Insight & Interviews

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?

Interview: Sanjeev Kanoria, founder, Advinia Healthcare

UK care home provider Advinia Healthcare has acquired 22 Bupa homes, bringing its operation to 38 homes with 3,250 beds. Healthcare Europa speaks to founder and chairman Dr Sanjeev Kanoria about his new homes, and why he thinks he can make a better job of running them than their previous owner.

Interview: Franz-Robert Klingan, Bain & Company

Healthcare Europa speaks to Franz-Robert Klingan, Munich-based partner at global consultants Bain & Company who runs its healthcare private equity practice for EMEA, to find out his three key messages from the last year and where he thinks the hotbeds of activity will be going forward.

Interview: Ruben Bhagobati, AMP Capital

Australia-based global investment group AMP Capital bought The Regard Group, a UK-based specialist care business, at the end of last year. Healthcare Europa catches up with Ruben Bhagobati, who heads up the company's infrastructure investment arm in Europe, to find out why he thinks the European specialist care market is the one to watch.

Care Delivery: Building integrated care for patients with many co-morbidities

The term integrated care can sometimes feel like an over-used buzzword.  So it can help to think about what it means for the very patients who are most often failed by existing fragmented systems of care. For Jonathan Darer that means those with complex co-morbidities and how they are treated across the medical system from acute to their homes. Here we to talk to Dr.Darer, Medical Director, Siemens Healthineers and former chief innovation officer at Geisinger to explore why and what integrated care for such patients should look like and how to best deliver it. Few healthcare systems in the world are yet capable of delivering a continuity of care experience that is needed for these complex patients.

Interview: Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Group

In 2017 UK institutional investors finally discovered the assisted living sector, with Legal and General and Axa both buying operators.  Yet the sector remains tiny in the UK, thanks to older Brits fixation with remaining in their own homes as well as severe planning restrictions.  Nonetheless, there is high demand, property investors have fallen in love with the sector and governments the world over are rethinking their attitude to the sector. Audley Group is the largest player in the sector, Nick has been in the sector since 1986 and chairs the sector’s trade association, Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO).

Interview: Kieran Murphy, CEO, GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare employs several thousand software engineers today. So what will the medtech giant’s role in healthcare look like in five or ten years’ time? As an incumbent, does it see Apple, Google, and Amazon et al as a threat? And what sort of relationship does it want to forge with big private operators? We talk to Kieran who became CEO in June 2017, having run GE Healthcare Life Sciences for five years.

Interview: Dr Bruno Gridelli, Senior Vice President, UPMC International

How do you build an international business delivering high-quality specialist care working with governments, public payors, regions and for-profit operators? UPMC, the big US academic medical centre, has done just this in four very different countries: Italy, Ireland, Kazakhstan and China. We talk to Dr Gridelli about the business model and challenges.

Interview: Richard Banks, Virtus Health

Australia-based fertility network Virtus Health Limited runs a series of clinics in Ireland, is making inroads in Denmark, and has a presence in Singapore. Healthcare Europa talks to European MD Richard Banks about strategy, expansion, and the market.
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HBI Presentations

Top Six Workforce Risks for Private Health Facilities: Dr. Kate Tulenko, Corvus Health – HBI 2018

A massive training market is opening up, thanks to the huge shortages the world faces of health and care staff. Kate has been analysing the sector for over decade for The World Bank and Corvus Health. Here she case-studies how countries and private operators are building capacity and increasing workforce efficiency. What are the viable business models for Europe and Emerging Markets?

How Cultural Change Delivers: Samantha Laurent, Unilabs – HBI 2018

Happy employees deliver better service, driving better returns. Here Samantha looks at how Unilabs has managed cultural change at every level in the organisation from delivery men to senior management. New models include defining service best practice working with Ritz Carlton through to the introduction of 360 degree feedback and the iceberg model of behavioural drivers.

Healthcare Real Estate: Presentation, David Batchelor, CBRE – HBI 2018

Real estate is now at the heart of most deals in health care services. Often, it is the key to premium pricing and deals won and lost. In a data-driven presentation, David looks at valuations and forecasts across Europe and Emerging Markets. He then X-rays deals made or broken by property.

Partnership for Prevention: Presentation, Jeanette Ryan, GSK – HBI 2018

Partnership for Prevention is a revolutionary preventive healthcare programme for all GSK employees and their benefits-eligible family members, regardless of role and location. It enables access, at little or no cost, to up to 40 evidence-based preventive health services, including immunisations, cancer screening, preventive exams, prenatal care and tobacco cessation, as well as treatment options for conditions such as HIV and cardiovascular disease. All services were chosen based on evidence-based medicine and recommendations from the World Health Organisation. Jeanette has been with the programme since its start which has now been rolled out to well over 100,000 employees, plus their families, in approximately 100 countries. She walks us through GSK’s rationale for a preventive healthcare programme of this scale, the dynamics required to work with partners for successful implementation and how GSK engages with employees on health and wellbeing.

Integrated Provider Models – Beauty or Beast?: Presentation, Wolf Kupatt, amedes – HBI 2018

Unusually, big diagnostic lab group amedes also runs a national network of specialist outpatient doctor practices across Germany in areas such as gynaecology, fertility, diabetes and metabolic medicine. The beauty of such vertical integration is that amedes can offer more holistic treatment and brings together specialist doctors with formidable skills sets with equally specialist diagnostics. The beast is that the model adds considerable complexity and highlights potential conflicts of interest that exist in most integrated healthcare models.
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