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Unilabs buys genetics lab network

Pan-European laboratory chain Unilabs has bought CGC Genetics, a medical genetics testing company in Portugal. Philipp Manser, CFO at Unilabs, tells Healthcare Europa that the group wants to position itself as a reference medical genetics provider.

Nicola Bedin quits at San Donato

Nicola Bedin, 40 year-old CEO of big Italian hospital group San Donato has quit “to pursue other entrepreneurial activities”.

Three key future trends for UK private healthcare

Expect more STPs (Sustainability and Transformation Plans), more self-pay and more salaried hospital doctors in the UK. That’s according to several speakers at the Private Healthcare Summit in London.

WhatClinic targets ten-fold growth in German enquiries

Ireland-based private clinic comparison website WhatClinic has spent €1m on the launch of a new sister platform in German in the hope to attract more patients seeking treatment abroad. The group tells Healthcare Europa it expects a ten-fold growth in the number of enquiries from patients in Germany in the first year.

Mehilainen on course for IPO

The private equity owners of Finland's largest healthcare group Mehilainen have tasked JP Morgan with testing the M&A waters, but a public listing in Helsinki remains the most likely outcome.
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Insight & Interviews

Interview: Roman Rittweger, founder and CEO Ottonova

Having raised almost €40m, the first entirely digital private insurer is about to launch in Germany. So what is the strategy behind the product, and what does it tell us about digital and health care services?

What do you do when medical professionals go off the tracks?

Every year, some 12,000 medical and care professionals are subject to serious investigation by the three largest professional bodies in the UK alone. So how do you deal with the doctor or nurse who starts abusing colleagues, who has sex with a patient, who makes mistakes or lies on their CV? We talk to Jonathan Coe, who runs The Clinic for Boundaries Studies, which offers an intensive course to get perpetrators to open their eyes, take responsibility and change their behaviour.

Interview: Ronald Van Kessel, Maron Healthcare

With Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) looking to tap into the Medical Office Building (MOB) market in Germany and the Netherlands in particular, Ronald Van Kessel, director at MOB manager Maron Healthcare, tells us about the advantages of investing into the Dutch primary care market.

Interview: Eyal Gura tells us how Zebra Medical Vision has set its gaze on revolutionizing healthcare

Zebra Medical Vision is an Israeli health tech startup using AI to find patterns camouflaged in medical images. It has developed software solutions for 11 conditions and is seeking out providers to take them on. At the IFC conference in Barcelona earlier this month, we spoke to Eyal Gura, co-founder and chairman, about Zebra and also KolGene, which promises to Uberize the genetics market.

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.
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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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