The October edition of Healthcare Global is live.
The healthcare industry continues to face a multitude of challenges. From limited budgets to the us...
The latest edition of Healthcare Global is now live!
The healthcare industry continues to face a multitude of challenges. From limited budgets to the use of outdated legacy equipment no longer fit for purpose, organisations have placed their attention firmly on the delivery of patient care, with little focus paid towards digitisation. In this month’s Healthcare Global, BlackBerry’s Global Healthcare Lead, Sara Jost discusses how the company seeks to guarantee technological excellence across the healthcare industry by working with customers, carriers, distance integrators, distributors and independent service centres (ISCs), in order to sell essential health IT services and products.
“A lot of healthcare organisations are implementing electronic medical records; whilst this is a very powerful tool, it is being implemented on an IT infrastructure that is not ready to handle it. Wi-Fi is not strong enough to handle voice-over-IP, networks can be hacked and equipment can fall to MEDIJACK,” she says.
“I view this as a barrier because organisations decide to just go with what is good enough instead of truly looking at what they could achieve if they deployed a stronger solution.”
Looking at the way in which technology is transforming the screening process for cardiac drug approval, Healthcare Global also spoke with co-founder of Novoheart, Kevin Costa, to find out how the company is revolutionising the flawed process for screening new drugs.
Lastly, this month’s issue also looks at the top CEOs transforming the healthcare industry, based on a list written by Robert Reiss and his team at The CEO Forum Magazine for Forbes. Also included are the key healthcare events and conferences for this calendar year, plus an in-depth report on Metro South Health.
We hope you enjoy the magazine, and as always we welcome your feedback on Twitter: @HealthcareGlbl.
On the rise: Doktor.se
1. Doktor.se launches as a digital healthcare platform in Sweden in 2016. The company's focus is on the B2B market, with a mission to help members find, book and get access to healthcare services through telehealth and telephone calls.
2. The company offers healthcare services through its app as well as at bricks and mortar clinics. After raising more than €40 million in a funding round in May 2020 to expand its operations both nationally and overseas, CEO and founder Martin Lindman says there are plans to enter new markets at the beginning of 2021.
3. Belgium becomes the fifth market where Doktor.se provides telemedicine, through Belgium's communications company Proximus Group. It becomes the second most downloaded doctor app in Europe, and over 1.2 million patient consultations are carried out, either through the app or at physical clinics in Sweden. Throughout 2020 it administers over 250,000 COVID-19 antibody tests in Sweden.
4. Doktor.se is the most popular digital healthcare in Sweden, used by approximately one-tenth of the country's population. New funds are raised to offer improved services for mental health and chronic illnesses, and to expand digital services and acquire physical services to integrate into its digital platforms with the aim of creating a hybrid model.
5. The company announces €29.5 million in funding from Chinese technology multinational Tencent Holdings. Doktor.se say the funds will be used to make its global healthcare services more efficient, accessible and affordable.
The platform now employs nurses, doctors and specialist doctors, psychologists, and physiotherapists, and is available across Europe and in Brazil.
6. Over 1.5 million people are currently using healthcare apps developed by Doktor.se, either run by the company or through its SaaS licensing business. There are around 900 people employed by the company, and Doktor.se say that the productivity of medical staff using the platform is up to four times greater than those working in traditional services.