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Croatian clinics cluster to drive sales

Small clinics and hospitals in the Kvarner region of Croatia have created a medical tourism cluster to share the costs of marketing and sales generation. Has it worked? Healthcare Europa went to the International Medical Travel Summit to find out more.

Medicover unveils a little bit more

Medicover, the occupational healthcare chain (Poland/Romania) and lab group (Germany and Eastern Europe) has unveiled plans to float on the Swedish NASDAQ.

PAI to sell Domus Vi

PAI plans to sell Domus Vi, the third largest French nursing home group and the third largest group in Europe with operations in Spain and China. Who has it hired, what multiple might it fetch and who will buy it? Banking sources say that Domus Vi has hired Rothschild France and is looking at a […]

UK dentistry group signs £15m deal with JSE-listed investor

Dentex Healthcare Group, a UK dental partnership network that launched three years ago, is getting a £15m investment from South African-Mauritian firm Universal Partners to expand across the UK. We speak to Dentex CEO Barry Lanesman.

Cofinimmo buys in the Netherlands

Belgian real estate investor Cofinimmo has spent €21m in four healthcare properties, including two Medical Office Buildings (MOBs), in the Netherlands over the past two months.
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Insight & Interviews

HBI 2017: Are non-specialised hospitals doomed?

As payers move away from rewarding volume towards rewarding value, care delivery is increasingly organised outside of hospitals. But to what extent is it happening? Speakers at the 2017 HBI conference suggested that while it is too early too announce the death of hospital care, operators are facing some severe disruptions.

HBI 2017: The European Investment Landscape

The year 2017 should be a good one for the European healthcare services industry, with more money from more sources backing the best management teams and building international businesses, say panellists at HBI 2017. That is despite a fall in deal volume in 2016 and signs that 2017 may see lower levels..

Interview: Neil van Heerden, Chief Marketing Officer at Caremondo and FairMed Online

Singapore-based second opinions group FairMed Online bought the Munich-based Caremondo medical tourism agency three months ago. That gives FairMed control over a patient pathway that stretches from a new diagnosis to treatment - but also across the world. Neil van Heerden, chief marketing officer at FairMed, told us what’s next for the rapidly growing online player.

How do you design a patient centric hospital?

The award-winning New Psychiatric Hospital (GAPS) in Denmark claims to turn the waffle of patient centricity into bricks and mortar. Healthcare Europa asks Søren Daugbjerg, CEO of Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, one of the practices behind the project, about his take on hospital design - and asks whether there is any evidence that the design of a hospital can actually improve a patient's health.

Interview: Frederic Llordachs, co-founder 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 co-founder Dr. Frederic Llordachs, now a partner at DocPlanner, 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.
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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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