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RH Bophelo buys again in South Africa as NHI approaches

RH Bophelo, South Africa's only black-owned special purpose acquisition company, has agreed to buy a stake in a 128-bed private hospital in Cape Town. It comes as the government looks close to voting on the National Health Insurance (NHI) bill. We talk to RH Bophelo CEO Quinton Zunga.

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 Nova. 

Bidding war for Fortis pushes prospective price ever higher

The bidding war for India's second-largest hospital group continues to escalate despite the company board approving an offer of a capital injection last week from two wealthy family investor groups - and having previously supported a sale to Manipal - after shareholders made it clear they might prefer an outright takeover from other suitors.

New Mumbai hospital to focus on ambulatory care

Healthcare Nova speaks to Dr Sanjeev Kanoria, co-founder and chairman of UK-based care home specialists Advinia Health Care and deputy chairman of Anadi bank in Austria about his latest project, a  400-bed speciality hospital in Mumbai. 

Chinese health apps raise $1.6bn dollars – but are they what the doctor ordered?

Digital platforms in China are raising huge sums. In the last month, Tencent-backed WeDoctor raised $500m from investors in a private share sale that values the company at $5.5bn, while Ping An spinoff Good Doctor raised $1.1bn with a Hong Kong-exchange listed IPO. Healthcare Nova speaks to L.E.K.’s Shanghai-based managing director Stephen Sunderland to find out more about the digital health revolution.
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Insight & Interviews

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: Ricardo Soares, CEO, Brasil Senior Living

Brasil Senior Living (BSL) is establishing a network of elderly and assisted living homes in Brazil - and currently has little by way of organised opposition there. Healthcare Nova talks to CEO and co-founder Ricardo Soares about his plans for the future, why he'd welcome a rival, and what he makes of Orpea's plans to enter the market.

Interview: Hari Buggana, InvAscent

Healthcare Nova speaks to Hari Buggana, chairman and managing director at India-focused investor InvAscent, about what makes a good investment, and why the Indian healthcare market is appealing at the moment.

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: Abhishek Sharma, CEO, Foundation Holdings

The man who helped turn Al Noor into a US$1bn company is building what he claims is the first major value healthcare platform in the UAE focused on serving the working class. Healthcare Nova chats to Abhishek Sharma, CEO of Foundation Holdings which has just launched Right Health with a view to IPO by 2021.

Interview: Dr Rajgopal Thirumalai, Vice President, Global Medical & Occupational Health, Unilever

Unilever runs a global health and prevention programme in over 90 countries for its 169,000  employees. How? What does Dr Thirumalai (known as Dr Raj) think of the private healthcare services sector? And what changes does he expect in the future? And what does he expect from digital health and AI? Dr Raj is also a non-executive independent director of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise and a speaker at HBI 2018 on April 10-11 in London.
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HBI Presentations

Lessons Learned Over Two Decades: Presentation, Bruno Gridelli, UPMC International & Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh – HBI 2018

A pioneer of international expansion, UPMC, a big US academic medical centre, first expanded abroad to Italy where it has been managing PPPs for complex surgery and transplants for over two decades. Surgeon Dr. Gridelli has also been a leader in UPMC collaborations with the Asian American Medical Group in Singapore; Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar; KingMed Diagnostics in China; National Research Oncology Center in Kazakhstan; Xiangya International Medical Center, China and the Whitfield Cancer Centre in Ireland.

Mission Control for Healthcare A Key Component in Transforming Care Delivery & Achieving High Reliability in Healthcare Organisations: Presentation, Mark Ebbens, GE Healthcare Partners & Peter Bak, Humber River Hospital – HBI 2018

Mark Ebbens, Senior Partner, GE Healthcare Partners & Peter Bak, CIO, Humber River Hospital, Canada share their thoughts on Mission Control for Healthcare – A Key Component in Transforming Care Delivery and Achieving High Reliability in Healthcare Organisations. As presented at HBI 2018. Click here to view the presentation.

Integrated Provider Models: Presentation, Daniel Coudry, Amil, UnitedHealth group – HBI 2018

Owned by US insurer UnitedHealth, Amil is Brazil's largest private healthcare provider and a trailblazer for vertical integration in LATAM. Daniel discusses Amil's progress and the implications of this for private healthcare business models. He also describes the - sometimes bumpy - journey of moving from fee for services to DRGs to payment by results and shares lessons learnt.

Building a primary care business in India: Presentation, Kaushik Sen, Healthspring – HBI 2018

Today in India, as in many Emerging Markets, sick patients often go straight to hospital. Primary care has a poor reputation and is often viewed as corrupt by patients. Here Kaushik gives a detailed overview of how primary care works in India and unpackages its potential, before describing Healthspring's business model, which has seen it grow to a network of 30 clinics.

At the forefront of the Telehealth revolution: Presentation, Arjun Kalyanpur, Teleradiology Solutions – HBI 2018

Teleradiology Solutions provides teleradiology coverage in 20 countries mainly India and the USA but also nearly 20 others across Africa and Asia. Here Arjun looks at where he expects to see the growth of teleradiology in emerging markets and at who the customers will be. A shortage of radiologists is the main problem in these countries, so how will artificial intelligence help in providing readings?
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