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AngelMD Institutional Capital Placement Team Advising Over $200M Worth of Investment Transactions

AngelMD is proud to announce that its Institutional Capital Placement Team (ICP) team has responded to the global surge in healthcare deal flow demand by building a syndicate of institutional investors that turn to AngelMD for curated deal flow. The team is now advising over $200M in transactional volume in the market with expectation of adding another $200M over the course of the Fall.

Clients of the ICP team must be raising a minimum of $5MM in a Series A round or later. ICP clients increasingly look to AngelMD for unique offerings in therapeutics, medical device and digital health categories.

“The demand on both the investment side of the equation and the startup side of the equation is at historic levels. We take pride in connecting discerning investors with curated opportunities that have significant investment potential while also making a positive contribution to the healthcare landscape.” said Bob Velez, Head of ICP

The Institutional Capital Placement team is a compliment to the AngelMD fund team that manages and launches venture capital funds as a sophisticated means for members and institutional partners to participate in healthcare investment opportunities.

About AngelMD
AngelMD — an online Healthcare Investment Marketplace — connects and engages a network of healthcare providers and subject matter experts, angel and institutional investors and private healthcare companies to create better outcomes for investors, entrepreneurs and patients. If your startup is raising $5M or more, and is at a Series A or later, you may be eligible for representation by the ICP team. For more information, and to get your startup listed on AngelMD, visit https://www.angelmd.co

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Simply Serve keeps track of its healthcare assets with PODFather


Simply Serve, the wholly owned subsidiary of Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, relies on PODFather’s healthcare asset tracking solution to monitor the movement of items across its growing delivery and collection network. With an in-house logistics team moving patient notes, post, medical samples, surgical equipment and medication between more than 70 sites consisting of: hospitals, doctor surgeries, pharmacies and laboratories, Simply Serve needed a solution it could rely on to help track and monitor asset movements. Since the introduction of PODFather, Simply Serve has been able to move away from the manually planned process of old and eradicate paper from its operation for good.

“Here at Simply Serve we’re handling a wide range of items going to a large number of destinations so it’s essential that assets are carefully tracked to ensure everything gets to the right place at the right time,” comments Gary Starrs, Facilities Manager at Simply Serve. “With PODFather we are confident that all our healthcare assets are carefully monitored and tracked. There are cost implications to mislaying notes or an item as it moves across our network but for the patients in our NHS Foundation’s care the implications of a mislaid batch of notes, or sample results, could be far more serious.”

The PODFather system is used to track the movement of assets as they move across the company’s network. All items are given a barcode which the Simply Serve drivers scan using the PODFather driver app as items are loaded onto a vehicle. Once the driver reaches the destination the items are scanned off the vehicle and signatures and proof of delivery photos are captured and submitted back to the management office in real time.

“With PODFather we have peace of mind as we have a complete audit trail of how assets are moving across our network,” adds Starrs. “The app is very easy to use, drivers scan items onto their vehicles and off at the point of delivery. The ability to capture photos and delivery confirmation information, such as electronic signatures, is of great benefit to us, especially if there is a discrepancy or query against a particular delivery.”

Simply Serve is at the beginning of its PODFather journey. Having introduced automated vehicle checks, asset tracking and electronic proof of delivery the Simply Serve team is now looking to bring in automated customer notifications, and use the system’s routing capabilities to review and enhance its existing network of fixed route runs. “We see great potential with PODFather,” concludes Starrs. “As our business grows PODFather will help us to maximise the use of our own assets, our drivers and vehicles, to ensure that we continue to deliver a premium service in the most cost-effective way.”

“We have a long history of working with the amazing organisation that is the NHS,” comments Colin McCreadie, Managing Director at PODFather. “Keeping track of what assets are where is no mean feat but with PODFather, like we’ve shown here at Simply Serve, asset loss can become a thing of the past. By switching to PODFather companies working within the healthcare sector can plan vehicle routes, capture vehicle checks, capture asset movement and electronic proof of delivery information all with our easy to use cloud-based system.”

PODFather Ltd – so much more than ePOD

Our software is helping businesses within the logistics, construction, field service and healthcare industries to streamline processes, improve operational and financial efficiency, and eradicate paper. Our cloud-based delivery management software encompasses a range of features and functionality including; job management, route planning and optimization, vehicle checks, proof of delivery, driver and vehicle tracking, as well as invoicing and reporting modules. PODFather allows businesses to be better informed about the jobs they are managing, highlighting problems before they occur, making users proactive rather than reactive. Our customer base includes well-known names such as Tarmac, NHS, Bidfresh, Oxfam and Igloo, as well as a many independent logistics and construction service operators. To find out more visit www.podfather.com.

Please direct all media request to: Jane Geary, Marketing Manager
Tel: 07590 376099, jgeary@podfather.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/janegeary/

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48% of people report better interactions with healthcare professionals since joining HealthUnlocked

London, United Kingdom, Dec 2019 – People living with one or more chronic conditions are looking for alternative ways, other than traditional care, to help support their health.

The large number of people living with a long term condition is increasing year on year – 25 million₁ in the UK and 133 million₂ in the USA. Presently, this growing population are visiting primary care for support with managing their condition, as a result of them struggling to navigate or access social care.

Our annual user survey examines the behaviour of patients who have participated in an online health community with the goal of improving their quality of life while living with a chronic health condition. This year we surveyed nearly 7,000 people where 84% are over 50 years old and 89% of the population have at least one ongoing health condition.

Our findings from this survey suggest that an increasing number of people are looking for information elsewhere, and expect to be signposted to this information by their primary care physicians. 81% of people reported that they would like to receive recommendations for local services and resources that could help them manage their health.

Survey respondents also noted that they would like to be pointed to digital resources as social care support: 71% of people were interested in learning about online educational programs that provided guidance and information around specific conditions. 71% of people were also interested in taking part in surveys for insights into specific health conditions, rare conditions and connected conditions.

It’s important to acknowledge the power of patient insight and peer support via an online health community in contributing to improved social care. 50% of users report that they had not met someone with the same health condition as them prior to joining HealthUnlocked. 82% of people feel more confident in managing their health after joining HealthUnlocked.

We noticed that there was a 41% increase in people staying away from the doctor₃ after joining an online support community on HealthUnlocked. Furthermore, 48% of people reported that they have improved interactions with healthcare professionals since joining HealthUnlocked.

Jorge Armanet, CEO and Co-Founder of HealthUnlocked said: “In a world where healthcare is becoming increasingly more patient-centric and value-based, this survey provides first-hand confirmation that a self-care ecosystem like HealthUnlocked can’t be ignored by any healthcare system looking to become more personalised, preventative and affordable.”

Report highlights:
89% of the population surveyed have at least 1 ongoing health condition
82% of people feel more confident in managing their health
32% visit HealthUnlocked before visiting their doctor
41% increase in people staying away from the doctor because of the use of HealthUnlocked
86% of people found that HealthUnlocked us a safe place to share their experiences
81% expect to stay on HealthUnlocked for a long time
48% have improved interactions with healthcare professionals since joining HealthUnlocked
Over 50% of people had never met someone else with the same health condition as themselves before coming to HealthUnlocked.

Additional sources:
1 psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/essential-facts-stats-and-quotes-relating-to-long-term-conditions
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5876976
https://www.jmir.org/2019/8/e13477/

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GPI forecasts healthcare product price potential using advanced analytics


Today Global Pricing Innovations (GPI) reports that it has validated an analytical method for forecasting new drug price potential during early stage development, opening a pathway to digital transformation for teams engaged in pricing and market access. GPI has successfully forecasted prices for new products by blending its market-leading database of market access information, GPI pulse¬TM, with a framework that maps payer value perception and behavior.

The framework allows pricing teams to use data to anticipate payer response for early clinical stage drugs – typically an involved and uncertain process. GPI has validated the method in the UK and France and is expanding it across countries captured by GPI pulse. GPI’s framework uses multi-criteria decision analysis and published value frameworks. It is built on GPI’s deep domain knowledge, access to data and rigorous approach to developing and testing new analytics.

“The concept of value in healthcare is key to pricing,” said GPI’s founder and CEO, Preeti Patel, “yet there is little global standardization. We’ve quantified global HTA assessment factors and value drivers into a framework that allows teams to understand the variation in value perception across markets and impact on price.”

GPI has a growing footprint in pricing and market access analytics. GPI pulse TM is a revolutionary platform that captures real-time global price data and reimbursement decisions across 90+ markets at a product and indication level. It supports a wide range of innovative analytical tools, insight generation and P&MA data architecture.

GPI’s customers include price, access and commercial teams within biopharma, who utilize GPI’s data and analytical capabilities to better understand pricing scenarios at an early stage and support market access planning and strategy across the product lifecycle.

About GPI
Global Pricing Innovations (GPI) is a market leader in business intelligence, analytics and innovative solutions for the life science industry. GPI delivers integrated insights, technology solutions and strategy development that make a measurable difference to price, access & commercial teams within biopharma. Our combination of innovative technology platforms, data, and analytical expertise enable industry to drive sustainable price and access strategies and agile infrastructure. GPI’s cultural values are centered on promoting the ambitions of inspiring and talented individuals so together we can make a difference to the life sciences industry. We value collaboration, innovation, openness and authenticity, and work as ‘one team’ with our clients.

As a global company, GPI has operating units and service partners throughout the world. GPI  is a privately held company headquartered in London, UK.

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Why More Patients Are Going Private

The NHS is widely regarded as one of the best free healthcare systems in the world. Despite this, more and more patients are turning to private healthcare. But what’s driving them to do this?

There are lots of factors that can drive people to pay for healthcare. Here are just some of the reasons why more patients are going private.

Easier appointment booking

One simple reason that many patients are turning private is because they can’t get an appointment with their local GP. A shortage of doctors in the NHS has led to many local surgeries having to close and merge. This has led to many local surgeries having less slots – patients must often ring at 8am to get an appointment for the day, and even then there’s no guarantee of getting through or getting a suitable slot.

By going private, patients don’t have to deal with this struggle. Many private clinics allow patients to book appointments at any time during the day. You may even be able to do it directly through your doctor. This can be better suited for those with busy lives who can’t afford to be waiting on the phone for half an hour.

Shorter waiting times

When it comes to booking hospital appointments and operations meanwhile, the NHS has long battled with long waiting times. An 18 week plan has been put into place to ensure every patient gets surgery booked within 18 weeks, however in recent years this hasn’t been working. In fact in some months last year, only 87% of patients had a treatment waiting time of less than 18 weeks. Whilst the NHS prioritises those in critical condition, many lesser health problems can still end up deteriorating due to this waiting time and it could mean taking unnecessary time off work.

Compare this to private care and the story is very different – most patients are given treatment within a week. As a result, many people with worsening conditions that need surgery are going private to take advantage of this. Going private in order to take advantage of shorter waiting times is particularly popular amongst athletes recovering from sports injuries who may have sporting events coming up. Similarly, many people that have holidays booked will fast-track their surgery by going private so that they don’t have to cancel their travel plans.

A calmer environment

A lot of patients are also turning private in order to be treated in a more relaxing environment. The demand on NHS hospitals means that many patients are being seen to hurriedly. Patients must often share wards with others. Sometimes there may not even be a bed – mental health patients are often the ones that lose beds first and there have been cases of women giving birth in waiting rooms because there was no bed available.

Such horror stories have driven many patients to seek private healthcare (even if many of the quality of public healthcare is generally high). Compared to NHS hospitals, private clinics often offer patients their own room with a TV and food waiting service. Such clinics can be more like hotels than hospitals and this luxury draws people to them who may have had a bad experience with public healthcare.

Greater access to private health insurance

Health insurance rates are increasing, which may suggest that fewer can afford to go private. However, access to private health insurance is growing as many companies are taking out plans for their employees as a perk. As a result many patients aren’t actually having to pay for the bulk of private healthcare thanks to employers’ generosity.

Private healthcare has been ranked many times amongst the best company perks along with other health benefits such as free gym memberships. Such perks make financial sense to employers too – looking after the health of your employees results in less sick days and more productivity. Some companies are also able to get discounts with bulk schemes.

Greater range of treatment options

There are some treatment options that you can’t get on the NHS. Cosmetic treatments are a good example of this and must be sought out privately. The NHS has even axed certain procedures such as varicose vein surgery and tonsil removal in order to prioritise more necessary treatments.

Going private allows people to seek out these treatment options that aren’t provided by the NHS. In fact, cosmetic treatment makes up the majority of private procedures (even if many private insurers don’t cover cosmetic treatment).

The rise of medical tourism

Perhaps one of the more obscure reasons as to why more people are going private is a rise in medical tourism. Often driven by other factors too such as shorter waiting times and greater quality of care, patients are considering medical options abroad. This can allow patients to receive the perks of private healthcare whilst also getting to experience a trip to another country.

Such an option may only be suitable for those whose condition doesn’t limit them from flying. In some cases, it could allow patients to recuperate whilst enjoying a holiday in an exotic country.

What does this mean for the future of healthcare?

More people going private may not be such a bad thing for the NHS. The system is already under such strain that it struggles to keep up with the amount of patients it already has. If more people start going private it could allow the NHS to give more time to those that need it and who can’t afford to go private.

Meanwhile, private clinics will continue to benefit from this growth. New private clinics are constantly being established, allowing private clinics to keep up with the demand.

 

Consult with a Harley Street specialist… without coming to London

LaingBuisson has launched a new online service to enable the knowledge and expertise of London’s Harley Street specialists to be shared with patients across the UK and around the globe. On HarleyStreet.com, patients can now opt to book a Video Consultation or request a Second Opinion from London’s leading surgeons and physicians.

UK and international patients can now request a Video Consultation or a Second Opinion from HarleyStreet.com, the leading portal for patients seeking information about doctors, clinics, hospitals and dentists in and around the square mile of medical excellence in the centre of London. The new service is provided in partnership with Trustedoctor.

A patient selects their preferred consultant or specialist and then uploads their medical records, images and scans to a secure online environment, and then requests a Video Consultation or a Second Opinion. The doctor accepts the request and schedules the Video Consultation or provides a written Second Opinion. All interactions take place within the secure, GDPR compliant Trustedoctor platform. The fee for a Video Consultation or a Second Opinion is set at the same rate as the doctor’s usual initial consultation rate. Typically, this ranges from £200 to £300 in the Harley Street area.

Keith Pollard, Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International, said:

“Harley Street is host to some of the world’s leading specialists who attract patients from across the UK and the globe. We want to ensure that their knowledge is shared more widely. Until now, it’s not been easy for patients to consult with these specialists from afar. The new service enables a patient anywhere in the world to access their knowledge and expertise. It puts the best of London’s private healthcare at their fingertips, on their PC or their mobile device.”

For more information please visit:
https://www.harleystreet.com/video-consultation/

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Frustration at NHS waiting lists drives people to pay for their own healthcare

Leading healthcare business intelligence company, LaingBuisson has published the first edition of its Private Healthcare: Self-Pay UK Market Study, in association with GoPrivate.com

The new report shows a buoyant and growing market for self-pay surgery and treatment, accounting for £1.1 billion of revenue for independent hospitals and clinics in 2017, up 9% on the previous year, and representing significant growth on 2013 when the self-pay market was reported to be worth £493 million.

The NHS continues to be an important provider of self-pay treatment. NHS revenues from private patients is estimated at £620 million in 2016/17, a growth of £59 million over the preceding two years. This is mainly in the larger, well-established NHS private patient units, principally in London and Manchester.

Cosmetic surgery is estimated to account for around 25% of self-pay revenue.

Key drivers for this growth include the cancellation of elective procedures owing to pressure created by non-elective admissions in the NHS. This is coupled with increasingly restrictive funding criteria for elective procedures on the NHS, especially in orthopaedics, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, gynaecology and urology. Restrictions on access to NHS funding for cancer drugs is fuelling growth in self-pay oncology. NHS England data shows that there were more than 4.1 million patients waiting for planned NHS surgery at the end of September 2018, the highest number since 2007 and an increase of 6% compared with 12 months earlier.

Independent healthcare providers are also more actively promoting their services, demonstrating that private healthcare is affordable even for those without private medical insurance. Prices for “fixed price surgery” are now published on the websites of all major private providers. In addition, in the past 18 months new types of service are being offered, including direct access to private GPs, diagnostics and consultants; these are a growing and important part of the self-pay market.

Strongest growth in opting to pay for healthcare is observed in the over 60s. Greater disposable income coupled with better information about the cost of paying privately for procedures means they are able to make informed choices about their healthcare and to choose not to have private medical insurance.

For patients seeking prompt access to private treatment, it pays to “shop around”. There are wide price variations for “fixed price surgery” across the UK:

• The price of a total knee replacement varies from £9,559 to £15,202. The average price for a hip replacement is £11,468.
• The price of cataract surgery for one eye varies from £1,650 to £3,535. The average price is £2,464.

Geographically, the central London self-pay market is strongest, and is estimated to be growing at around 25% per year. This is attributed mainly to inbound medical tourism to the capital, though there is speculation that this is softening as fewer patients from the Gulf states make the journey for treatment. There is also anecdotal evidence that UK self-pay patients are opting for treatment in the Home Counties rather than paying the premium for central London.

Report author, Liz Heath, said:

“Better marketing by independent hospitals is making people realise that they do not have to wait for treatment on the NHS nor do they need private medical insurance to access treatment, especially as many providers also offer payment plans. We expect growth to continue, not only where the alternative is a long and possibly painful wait, but also for those services that bring peace of mind, such as an earlier, more convenient GP appointment or diagnostic tests. While the NHS is still highly valued and much loved, it demonstrates that people will use information to make informed healthcare choices, especially for more affordable procedures, and ‘mix and match’ by selectively self-paying or choosing to wait for NHS funded care.”

For further information please contact:

LaingBuisson
Heidi Nicholson, Chief Operating Officer Tel: 020 7833 9123
Lucy Taylor, Business Development Manager

Notes to Editors

About LaingBuisson

LaingBuisson has been serving clients for over 30 years with market, policy and strategy insights, data and analysis across healthcare and social care. We are the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK Government’s Office for National Statistics and work globally with providers, commissioners, payors, manufacturers, investors, regulators and advisors. We help our clients to understand their markets, make informed decisions and deliver better outcomes through market intelligence, consulting and data solutions.

For more information, visit: www.laingbuisson.com.

About GoPrivate.com

GoPrivate.com and the accompanying GoPrivate Guide help patients to research the options for private self-pay treatment in the UK’s private hospitals. GoPrivate.com enables patients to search and compare the “fixed price surgery” packages available and to submit a request for a quotation for treatment. The GoPrivate Guide is distributed in magazine format through waiting rooms in 6,000 GP practices, covering 36 million of the population.

For more information, visit: www.GoPrivate.com

About Liz Heath

Liz has an extensive background in healthcare marketing research, market planning and marketing communications. She has worked at a senior level throughout the independent and public healthcare sectors for many years. Having spent 13 years with General Healthcare Group, Liz was also Marketing Director for their Acute Partnership Division – private hospitals and facilities across the UK developed and run together with the NHS. She has worked with clients in the UK and overseas through her consultancy work and has held influential roles including Chair of the Institute of Marketing (CIM) Healthcare Market Interest Group and of the National CIM Market Interest Group Board.

About Private Healthcare: Self-Pay UK Market Study, 1st edition

LaingBuisson’s Private Healthcare: Self-Pay UK Market Study looks at the growing demand for private healthcare paid for directly by individuals and not covered by private medical insurance or the NHS. It looks at the drivers for the growth in this market and the opportunities that exist for further growth. The study also breaks activity down into insured and non-insured healthcare, and services provided by insured and non-insured healthcare, and services provided by independent and NHS facilities. In addition, the report covers ways in which the marketplace has made itself more open to patients – looking at major provider schemes and financing plans now available. The report concludes with a comprehensive analysis of prices for over 180 of the country’s most popular operations, procedures and tests.

GET THE REPORT:
https://www.laingbuisson.com/shop/private-healthcare-self-pay/

All change for private practitioners and private clinics… Hear from Bupa and PHIN

Masterclass on Tuesday 18th September at the King’s Fund

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Pressure on health insurance premiums…. a decline in PMI subscriptions…. increased transparency on private practice pricing and hospital and consultant outcomes… how will this affect your private practice?

The Private Practice Masterclass at the King’s Fund on September 18th features contributions from two organisations that have a significant influence on the future of your private practice… Bupa and the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN).

The Private Practice Masterclass is open to consultants, their practice staff, private hospital and clinic owners and managers. Book now for the evening Masterclass on Tuesday 18th September at the King’s Fund.

The Private Practice Masterclass series is run by LaingBuisson, the publishers of consumer portals such as Private Healthcare UK and HarleyStreet.com. LaingBuisson has been serving clients for over 30 years with insights, data and analysis of market structures, policy and strategy across healthcare and social care and is the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK Government’s Office for National Statistics.

The Masterclass is FREE for existing clients of LaingBuisson and Medical Billing & Collection (one ticket per client organisation). There is a charge of £25 (plus VAT) for other attendees (refundable, if you subsequently become a LaingBuisson client). To book a place. visit the event booking page.
Numbers are strictly limited. Previous Masterclasses have sold out very quickly so please book now.

BOOK NOW
https://www.privatehealth.co.uk/industry/events/private-practice-masterclass-september-2018/

330 delegates, 35 countries… came to Athens to debate the future of medical travel

DSC_9761The IMTJ Medical Travel Summit 2018 , held in Athens, Greece on May 21-24 2018, attracted 330 delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and participants from around the globe. The Summit brought together key opinion leaders and senior executives involved in medical tourism and healthcare businesses across the world to discuss the future of this developing industry sector.

The Summit was co-hosted by Elitour, the Greek Medical Tourism Council.

The Summit addressed many of the issues that face the sector – the future of global healthcare, trends in healthcare and technology, destination development, and the patient experience. Sessions were dedicated to specific areas such as fertility travel, dental travel, and wellness tourism and important international patient markets including Russia and the CIS, and the Gulf. The closing highlight of the event, the Great Debate, conducted in Oxford Union style, considered whether “the medical tourism sector has failed to deliver what its customers need and want”.

According to Keith Pollard, IMTJ Editor in Chief and Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International:

“The Summit exceeded our expectations not only in the support from delegates and sponsors but also in the quality of content delivered by our speakers. What will continue to differentiate the IMTJ Medical Travel Summit is our commitment to substance, avoiding the hype that has plagued other events in the sector, providing an honest and realistic assessment of the current market and examining the future of medical travel.”

The event was made possible through the support of Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), Medical Korea, Poliklinika Bagatin, Zagreb, Hygeia Group, Embryogenesis, IASO, Institute of Life, Athens Medical Group, Dubai Health, Sunway Medical Centre, Intermedika, Enterprise Greece, Elitour – Greek Medical Tourism Council, Greek National Tourism Organisation, Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, Federation of Hellenic Associations of Tourist & Travel Agencies, Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies, SETE – Greek Tourism Confederation, Argo Travel, Aegean, Healthcare Business International, Kathimerini, Russian Media Group, Travelling, Travel Daily News, Greek Travel Pages, Pink Medico

For all media enquiries, including images of the Summit and interviews with Keith Pollard, please contact Sarah Ward: sarahward@imtj.com.

Notes for editors:

About IMTJ

The International Medical Travel Journal provides insight into the medical travel and medical tourism sector. IMTJ was established in 2007 in response to the increasing interest in medical travel and medical tourism. It embraces many of the themes that challenge healthcare providers across the world – insurance, accreditation, marketing and promotion, quality, patient safety, levels of care and experience in treating international patients.

IMTJ is independent of the associations and special interest groups that have come aboard the medical tourism bandwagon. Our aim is to create a central focus for information, resources and opinion on medical travel for those involved in the industry, anywhere in the world.

The internationalisation of healthcare through medical travel is at the heart of IMTJ. Patients are becoming healthcare consumers and in many countries, patient choice is being extended to surgery and treatment provided by international hospitals and clinics. By sharing expertise, knowledge, and views about the health travel industry, IMTJ helps to ensure that patient expectations are met, and that the industry maintains a high reputation.

LaingBuisson

The International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) is owned and managed by LaingBuisson International. The company also operates consumer facing portals for medical tourism – Treatment Abroad and Fertility Treatment Abroad .

LaingBuisson is a leading healthcare intelligence provider and has been serving clients for over 30 years with insights, data and analysis of market structures, policy and strategy across healthcare and social care. LaingBuisson is the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK Government Office for National Statistics and works globally with providers, commissioners, payors, manufacturers, investors, regulators and advisors. LaingBuisson helps clients to understand their markets, make informed decisions and deliver better outcomes through market intelligence, consulting and data solutions.

Success in medical travel recognised by IMTJ Medical Travel Awards 2018

DSC_1435The very best in the medical travel sector are celebrating following the announcement of the winners in the IMTJ Medical Travel Awards 2018 .

The awards celebrate innovation and excellence in the medical travel, medical tourism and health tourism industry. Unlike other awards in the sector, the IMTJ awards are judged by an independent panel of medical travel experts, chaired by IMTJ Editor in Chief, Keith Pollard.

The awards were presented on 23 May at a high-profile reception in Athens, Greece during the IMTJ Medical Travel Summit which brought together leading healthcare providers and medical tourism experts from around the world. The Awards were generously supported by Elitour, Medical Korea, the Hellenic Motor Museum, Radisson Blu, Argo Travel and Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The 2018 winners are:

Health and medical tourism: Destination of the year
Korea Health Industry Development Institute

Health and medical tourism: Cluster of the year
Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council

International hospital of the year
Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Specialist international patient centre
Institut Jantung Negara (IJN), Malaysia

International dental clinic of the year
Kreativ Dental Clinic, Hungary

International cosmetic surgery clinic of the year
Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre, Malaysia

International fertility clinic of the year
TMC Fertility & Women’s Specialist Centre, Malaysia

International cancer centre of the year
The London Clinic, UK

International hair clinic of the year
DHI Scotland, UK

International eye clinic of the year
Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai, UAE

Best medical travel web site
Qunomedical, Germany

Best marketing initiative
Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Best quality initiative
TMC Fertility & Women’s Specialist Centre, Malaysia

Excellence in customer service
Clemenceau Medical Center, Lebanon

Best use of technology in medical tourism
Clemenceau Medical Center, Lebanon

Highly commended entrants:

Health and medical tourism: Destination of the year
Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council

Excellence in customer service
The London Clinic, UK

Excellence in customer service
Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Best medical travel web site
IVF Media, USA

Editor in Chief of IMTJ, Keith Pollard says:

“The IMTJ Medical Travel Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in the medical travel, medical tourism and health tourism industry worldwide, and are the only independent awards to recognise those who are the best of the best. Our panel of 20 international judges wanted to reward innovation and excellence, highlight best practice and celebrate those who are leading the way in the industry and delivering successful outcomes for patients

All of our winners exemplify the way the medical travel industry should operate –offering an exceptional patient experience and providing the best possible medical outcomes. I’m already looking forward to next year’s awards; I encourage other hospitals, clinics and medical travel providers to raise their game to match or even better this year’s winners.”

For all media enquiries, including images of the ceremony, contacts for winners and interviews with Keith Pollard, please contact Sarah Ward: sarahward@imtj.com.

Notes for editors:

About IMTJ

The International Medical Travel Journal provides insight into the medical travel and medical tourism sector. IMTJ was established in 2007 in response to the increasing interest in medical travel and medical tourism. It embraces many of the themes that challenge healthcare providers across the world – insurance, accreditation, marketing and promotion, quality, patient safety, levels of care and experience in treating international patients.

IMTJ is independent of the associations and special interest groups that have come aboard the medical tourism bandwagon. Our aim is to create a central focus for information, resources and opinion on medical travel for those involved in the industry, anywhere in the world.

The internationalisation of healthcare through health tourism is at the heart of IMTJ. Patients are becoming healthcare consumers and in many countries, patient choice is being extended to surgery and treatment provided by international hospitals and clinics. By sharing expertise, knowledge, and views about the health travel industry, IMTJ helps to ensure that patient expectations are met, and that the industry maintains a high reputation.

The International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) is owned and managed by LaingBuisson. The company also operates a consumer facing portal for medical tourism – Treatment Abroad.