Carillion looks to sell its UK Healthcare arm
Construction giant Carillion has been struggling for some time, yet this is set to change. With losses of over £1 billion in just six months, the company has been rumoured to be selling off its UK healthcare business after increased interest from potential investors who view its long-term potential.
At present, the company is a leader in facilities management for the National Health Service, leading to a large number of proposals from potential investors. It has been stated that the company aims to receive over £300 million for a potential sale.
- Stryker sets its sights on Utah expansion
- Express Scripts acquires EviCore for $3.6bn
- Pfizer is looks to sell its consumer healthcare business, pharma competitors
“The Board of Carillion confirms that, consistent with Carillion’s announcement on 29 September 2017, it has received proposals from more than one credible counterparty for a possible acquisition of that business,” the company said.
“A further announcement will be made as and when appropriate.”
At present, the company is removing itself from all public-private partnership deals, but is continuing to work on the development of hospital facilities globally. However, staff shortages are responsible for ongoing delays to such construction works.
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”