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Capio enters German ophthalmology market

Pan-European healthcare provider Capio has bought German ophthalmology clinic Augenklinik Universitätsallee in Bremen - its first opthalmology acquisition in the country. Henrik Brehmer, SVP Group Communication at Capio, talks to us about the deal. Are Capio looking to buy more in this market?

CVC buys Metropolitan Hospital of Greece

Global private equity firm CVC Capital Partners has followed up its purchase of Vitalia in Spain earlier this month by buying over 70% of the equity in the Greek Metropolitan Hospital from its majority shareholder the Perseus Healthcare Group.

French care home group plans 4,000 beds network

Clineo, a French elderly care group based in southern France, is completing the acquisition of two nursing homes in Spain totalling 390 beds – and expects to own a network of 4,000 beds in the next three years. Its founder Hervé Le Bocq talks to Healthcare Europa.

How to make money in the Czech outpatient market

Czech outpatient specialist EUC Group (formerly Euroclinicum) is consolidating the outpatient market, and has just released preliminary results for 2016 and announced another acquisition. Healthcare Nova catches up with Jan Hůlek, one of the directors, to talk about the group’s business strategy and how to make money and grow in the outpatient market.

Unilabs to triple sales

Pan-European lab and imaging group Unilabs plans to triple its size in three years, CEO Jos Lamers tells us. How?

Medsi to IPO?

The Russian conglomerate Sistema, which owns the Medsi hospital chain, will take the group public, says Reuters.

Holland Venture buys dermatology specialist Mauritsklinieken

Dutch private equity house Holland Venture has bought a "significant majority stake" in dermatology chain Mauritsklinieken from SJMG and Waterland. Ewout Prins, managing partner at Holland Venture, tells Healthcare Europa he is looking for buy-and-build opportunities.
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Insight & Interviews

Interview: Frederic Llordachs, CEO of review and booking site Doctoralia

Doctoralia, the Spanish-based online healthcare appointment booking and review site with a strong presence in Latin America merged with its Polish-based competitor DocPlanner last year. Healthcare Europa talks to Doctoralia CEO Frederic Llordachs about business models, the merger, and the future of booking sites.

Interview: Andy Lockwood, managing director of Capita Healthcare Decisions

UK outsourcing giant Capita has had a torrid year with three profit warnings knocking a third off its share price. It’s selling off non-core activities trying to turn its fortunes around but the inclusion of its medical recruitment business in the sell-off does not signal a withdrawal from healthcare. Instead, as MD Andy Lockwood explains, it’s bundled four of its health offerings into Capital Healthcare Decisions, which offers tech solutions to providers and payors both public and private and at home and abroad.

Interview: Marijan Bilic, Balkans director at Affidea

Netherlands-based pan-European diagnostics imaging group Affidea, which operates 220 diagnostics centres in 16 European countries, has just entered the Serbian market by opening a €4m neurology hospital in Belgrade. Affidea’s Balkans director Marijan Bilic explains why.

Interview: Päivi Metsäniemi, Chief Physician and Juha Tuominen, CMO, Terveystalo

Terveystalo, Finland’s largest private healthcare provider, has developed a monitoring and data analytics package to better identify patients at risk of or suffering from type 2 diabetes. The group says it could help the country save €2bn a year and that it is already making a profit from Etydi. We speak to Päivi Metsäniemi, Chief Physician, and Juha Tuominen, CMO, at Terveystalo, who have applied to the HBI 2017 awards in the Best Use of Digital Health category.

Interview: Jill Watts, CEO BMI Healthcare

Jill Watts has worked in healthcare for almost 40 years, and since she was appointed group CEO of BMI Healthcare in November 2014, she's been widely credited with turning the business around. A former CEO of Ramsay UK, she has strong views about the market, the state of the NHS, and the role of the private sector. Here's what she had to say when Healthcare Europa caught up with her in London.

Interview: Fredrik Gren, CEO, and Daniel Warnholtz, CFO, Ambea

Swedish disabled and elderly care services provider Ambea, the second largest in the country with 2015 revenue of SEK4.4bn (approximately €470m), wants to reinforce its presence in the disabled care segment, increase residential care and have a contract model less reliant on outsourcing. Healthcare Europa asks CEO Fredrik Gren and CFO Daniel Warnholtz why - and whether an IPO is on the cards.

Interview: Dr Chai Patel, chairman and CEO, HC-One

Chai Patel, former Ugandan refugee, medical doctor, adviser to the Blair government and, after selling his stake in British-based nursing home group HC-One two years ago, serial entrepreneur is one of the more colourful characters in the normally staid world of British adult social care. With 25 years of experience in the market, he's also well-placed to comment on its current plight. In this wide-ranging interview, he gives Healthcare Europa his assessment of the industry's health and reveals details of HC-One's future strategy.

Interview: Aarne Aktan, CEO, Pihlajalinna

The health and social care group, Pihlajalinna, is the biggest (and arguably hardest to pronounce) name in Finnish outsourcing. It opened its first joint venture with Jämsä in 2010 and now receives 55% of its sales through this model. But the Finnish Sote reform, which will totally reshape the market, is fast approaching. Still, Aktan claims that Pihlajalinna, a weak consumer brand, will adapt to freedom of choice and the end of outsourcing as he knows it.
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Real solutions for retention and recruitment

Recruitment, retention and training are now the primary challenges for the healthcare services industry. The obvious solution to keeping staff - paying more – is no longer working. Private operators around the world are now fishing in a global market that's short of 15m healthcare workers. So what practical solutions are operators putting into force and what really works? We talk to 25 operators from across the world.

MBAs and executive training courses – are they worth the time and money?

You can’t become an expert in healthcare services overnight - but there are courses, MBAs or much shorter executive training courses - which say they can help to transform you or your staff into the next generation of healthcare managers, leaders and entrepreneurs. But can they really do this - and are they good value for money? Where should you send yourself, or your staff, to fill any gaps in knowledge that might be putting the brakes on a career? And does it matter if the management course isn’t focussed on healthcare at all?

Reading the future of the European labs sector

The European diagnostic lab sector in 2016 presents opportunities, but also substantial threats. Apart from seizing market share from competitors, there are four ways that labs can grow sales – consolidation/rationalisation, diversification into new test groups, outsourcing and finally moving into other areas - be that imaging or outpatient specialty care.

The rise and rise of digital primary care

A battle is being fought over England’s 340 million annual GP consultations. As waiting lists rise in the NHS, patients are flowing to a host of digital upstarts. Competition is fierce, prices are low and no one seems to like each other very much! We uncover the story of their race to get ahead.

The changing face of cosmetic surgery in Europe

Cosmetic surgery is en vogue in Europe. France and Germany alone saw over 1m procedures conducted for the first time in 2015. But a growth in popularity doesn't necessarily mean the arrival of a consolidation trend. While private equity groups like Aurelius and Polaris have invested in national chains, the market remains extremely fragmented. In this feature, we take a look at the emergence of new players, find out which treatments are growing and ask several executives in the sector about their plans.

Greek private hospitals: between Scylla and Charybdis

During the peak of the tensions on Greece’s potential exit of the euro in the summer of 2015, private operators told Healthcare Europa of their difficulties to stay afloat in light of a 40% claw-back. Meanwhile, there were reports people could not afford to pay upfront costs and that hospitals were running dangerously low on the supply of basic medical equipment. So has anything changed?

eHealth – changing the role of the insurer – and nudging the insured to get healthy

The health insurance industry faces revolutionary change. eHealth is moving healthcare down the acuity curve, personalising treatment and bringing a new generation of wellness treatments online through mHealth apps. This, in turn, creates data, data that insurers are eager to get their hands on. They increasingly are, by creating their own bespoke apps or partnering with aggregators or popular wellness apps. But, adapting their business models to the data-driven economy, is moving insurers from a passive to an active role in people’s health, and raising tensions with consumer interests.

eHealth: towards paperless healthcare systems

“eHealth is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it,” was how one attendee at eHealth in Amsterdam used Dan Ariely’s famous take on big data, summing up where the sector is today. There is more than a grain of truth in the jibe. But there is real progress. By 2018, 18 EU member countries are set to go live with the exchange of patient records and e-prescriptions. Estonia, the only country in the world to have a nation-wide Electronic Health Record (EHR) system built its eHealth system for only €10m –the equivalent of €7.50 per head. And Mhealth, remote monitoring and artificial intelligence all promise to transform the sector over the next decade. We investigate progress to date.

NHS evolution presents a new challenge for private sector

The NHS in England is experiencing an unprecedented crisis as funding deficits and waiting times rise. Pressures on the social care industry, where tariffs and costs are tracking divergent paths, are adding to the strain. The solution in the form of a compromise between the Treasury and NHS England guarantees £8bn of extra funding by 2020 in return for efficiency gains of 2-3% a year, leading to new care models that should join services together, improve care and save costs across the system. But what is the role of the private sector in this changing landscape?
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