HELIOS celebrates 25 years of company history
OCTOBER 2019. It all starts with four clinics in Bad Schwartau, Bochum, Volkach and Bleicherode: In 1994, vascular surgeon Dr. Lutz Helmig founded the Helios Kliniken Group, today Europe's largest private hospital group with 86 acute care hospitals in Germany alone.
For company founder Dr. Helmig, satisfied and well-treated patients have been the basic prerequisite for the success of his company right from the start: "Every single measure must lead to a reduction in the suffering for which the patient visits the hospital," according to his maxim. For Helios, the continuous measurement, improvement and publication of treatment quality will therefore be the linchpin in the acquisition of new clinics and the basis for the company's dynamic development: When Helios is sold to the healthcare group Fresenius in 2005, 24 clinics are already part of the group.
VPKA Innovation prize 2019 - Vienna Private Clinic wins "Visionen Award"
OCTOBER 2019. On 9 October the Visions Award of the Austrian Association of Private Hospitals (VPKA) was presented for the third time. Within the framework of the annual VPKA Congress, outstanding forward-looking projects in private clinics are honored. This year's winner is Vienna Private Clinic (Wiener Privatklinik), which was the first clinic in Austria to adapt the innovative concept of "One Minute Training" and has since successfully implemented it. The PremiQaMed private clinics came second with videos on patient safety. 3rd place also went to Wiener Privatklinik, which developed its own training concept for nursing interns.
The fluidification of care and health paths: The new method of service design and design thinking in health
OCTOBER 2019. The quality of care, the efficiency of organizational systems, the attractiveness of health institutions: these are all subjects that are at the heart of the challenges of the health system and the key issues of OZ'IRIS Santé. OZ'IRIS Santé proposes to approach the health pathways through the eyes of those primarily concerned: the patients themselves. This innovative approach is made possible by so-called design thinking and service design methods. The aim is to improve the quality of care.
The Panhellenic Association of Private Clinics awarded by the Minister of Health
SEPTEMBER 2019. On September 5. 2019, the Panhellenic Association of Private Clinics received an award for “its contribution to promoting the health of vulnerable groups”, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the administration of oncology medicines by Private Clinics.
APHP co-founder of the Institute for Evidence-Based Health
SEPTEMBER 2019. The new Institute for Evidence-Based Health (ISBE), presented on September 12 at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon, has APHP as founding partner, together with the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy of the University of Lisbon, the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Industry Association (APIFARMA), the National Pharmacy Association (ANF) and the “Health in Dialogue” Platform.
Klinikum Bad Gleichenberg - Report of experiences from the 2019 HOPE-exchange program
SEPTEMBER 2019. The exchange program for employees in hospitals and healthcare facilities HOPE is an activity offered by the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation. Every year, a four-week training period in a guest hospital allows the participants to get to know another healthcare system, either in the EU, or in another European state. From May 6 to June 4 2019, Gabriele Koch, the quality management representative at the Klinikum Bad Gleichenberg, took part in the exchange program.
Spotlight on private emergency services
JULY 2019. Media news of June and July were marked by strikes amid public emergency rooms. Doctors and health workers denounced a major congestion of emergency rooms and warned of its consequences over their working conditions and the quality of care for patients.
Iberian Summit of Private Hospitals
JULY 2019. APHP and ASPE challenge Portugal and Spain to put the capacity of private hospitals at the service of the citizens. During the 2nd Iberian Summit of Private Hospitals, which took place on 30 May in Lisbon, the Portuguese Association of Private Hospitals (APHP) and the Spanish Private Health Alliance (ASPE), representing the private hospitals of Portugal and Spain, presented 12 demands for the health sector.
Major challenges for private hospitals during summertime
JULY 2019. We have to deal with emergency patients, basically tourists who visit big cities and many who visit the Greek islands.There is not a clear plan implemented by the Health Ministry. All clinics have air condition, which is not the case with public hospitals. Many of them don’t have air-conditioning systems.
Increased demand for medical services during summer
JULY 2019. Medpark International Hospital being the biggest and most popular private healthcare provider in Republic of Moldova in the summertime faces increased demand for medical services. The structure of patients in summertime has some specificities. The biggest outpatient flow in summer are citizens of Moldova that work abroad and come for one-month vacation and usually in this vacation they are trying to solve all medical issues that have been postponed for 1 year.
Vithas private hospital group ready for the summer season
JULY 2019. The Comunidad Valenciana is a big destination for summer vacation. There are lots of people away from their motherland that may need health care while travelling. Taking care of them is a challenge for our hospitals.
Hydration of patients first
JULY 2019. At Clinique Saint Roch, a 50-bed multi-purpose facility located near Toulouse in southwestern France, where the average age of patients exceeds 80 years, a heat wave plan is activated as soon as the thermometer goes up!
HPA health group / Algarve – Alentejo – Madeira
JULY 2019. We have extensive experience in the medical care needed by our tourists, both Portuguese and foreign tourists, as all our units are located in touristic regions: the Algarve, Coastal Region of the Alentejo and the Island of Madeira.
International Nurses Day 2019 – 7,000 employees from Austrian private hospitals rewarded
JUne 2019. This is today a tradition, the Austrian Association of Private Hospitals (Verband der Privatkrankenanstalten Österreichs ) expressed its warmest gratitude to the care employees of its hospital members on the occasion of the International Nurses Day 2019, on Mai 12. More than 7,000 employees received a little attention, a fragrant Swiss stone pine bag.
„Sana Prevent“, a Custom made prevention
JUNE 2019. The German private hospital group Sana is expanding its range of services to include the new business area "Sana Prevent". Under this brand name, prevention centers providing individual services to corporate customers and private patients will open all over Germany. The first "Sana Prevent" centre opened in June 2019 in Berlin on the campus of the Sana Hospital Lichtenberg.
PALMED supports gender equality
MAY 2019. There are a considerable number of women entrepreneurs who own small or medium businesses in the healthcare sector in Romania. Quite a few of them run successful businesses and combine a good understanding of medical science with entrepreneurial skills.
Private hospital care in a new era
MAY 2019. A new legislative framework, denationalization through acquisitions, the positions of the political parties in view of the elections, and changes to the form of care as we move towards 2025.
FHP at “Paris Healthcare Week” : meetings, roundtables and interviews on the FHP’s TV studio set.
MAY 2019. The Federation of Private Hospitalization (FHP) was present this year again at the international congress "Paris Healthcare Week" (PHW) from May 21st to 23rd in Paris. This must-attend event for the profession, organized by the French Federation of public hospitals, usually gathers around 30,000 visitors and 850 exhibitors.
Consorzio Ospedaliero Colibrì: United we are stronger
MAY 2019. The Consorzio Ospedaliero Colibrì is a network of private hospitals and health and social care facilities operating in the Emilia Romagna Region (Italy), committed to create a new local and regional community welfare, able to give qualitative answers to increasingly complex needs, in a network with the territory, citizens and stakeholders.
Gender equality in the health sector
april 2019. Regarding my experience as entrepreneur - I do not have my business, I am running a business, which is a slight difference. Nevertheless, of course I have to understand and forecast as accurate as possible external driving forces that influence the business that I am running. So, active role in society, communication with all stakeholders is a must for a person in top managerial position
A strong private healthcare sector
april 2019. The Romanian private healthcare sector rose by 12% in 2017, to 1.7 billion euro, according to an analysis by Romania-based medical services comparison website Mediprice. The number of private hospitals in Romania thus doubled between 2011 and 2016 to reach 200 units while the number of private medical centres tripled to over 600. A reversal of this upward trend is not in view.
Pact with Ministry of Economy recognizes the importance and dynamism of the private health sector in Portugal
april 2019. At the end of March, a Pact for Competitiveness and Internationalization was signed between Health Cluster Portugal (HCP) and the Portuguese Ministry of Health - This Pact recognizes the current and future strategic contribution of the health sector to the Portuguese economy.
FHP - Creation of a “skills operator” dedicated to health
april 2019. After several months of intense negotiations with social partners and many meetings with representatives of the French Government, a “Skills Operator” (funding body for continuing vocational training and apprenticeship) specific to health sector was created and officially approved by the French Ministry of Labor.
CAHPP Meets UN goals for Sustainable Development
april 2019. UEHP partner CAHPP has been engaged in a sustainable development approach since 2012 and is adapting its 2018-2020 policy to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.
“The most important job in the world” campaign by Helios private hospital group
april 2019. At the opening of its second Nursing Congress in Berlin on 29 March 2019, Helios launched its nationwide caregivers recruiting campaign "The most important job in the world" (www.wichtigster-job.de).
Gender Equality: “Knowledge and good management should be your calling card”
march 2019. Media news of June and July were marked by strikes amid public emergency rooms. Doctors and health workers denounced a major congestion of emergency rooms and warned of its consequences over their working conditions and the quality of care for patients.
Gender Equality: “The ability to project yourself into the future, keeping in mind your history”
march 2019. Since May 2017 and for the very first time since its establishment, the Italian Association of Private Hospitals (AIOP) has a female President, Mrs Barbara Cittadini. Since 1994, Mrs Cittadini has been president and legal representative of the Casa di cura Candela, since July 2016 president of AIOP Sicily and since June 2012 National Vice president of AIOP.
Women in surgery in Italia
March 2019. The big challenge in male/female ratio among Italian Universities and Residency programs has been well documented since the last decade and, in a close future, surgical departments will be populated by as many women surgeons as men. Hence, it is necessary to be prepared to what is expected.
French National debate: private hospitals and clinics have contributed
march 2019. The Federation of Private Hospitalization (FHP) has taken part in the national debate initiated by the French Government in a period of social tensions. In this context, FHP gave the floor to its members, directors of private hospitals and clinics, through an online consultation, composed of twenty questions, opened from January 31 to February 28 2019.
ADSE makes its relationship with private hospitals in Portugal unsustainable
march 2019. The Portuguese health system is mixed. In terms of organization and provision, there is a national health service (Beveridge-inspired) and a private sector which has shown high dynamism in recent years, with private hospitals now accounting for about one third of the hospital capacity of the system (in terms of beds, specialty consultations, surgeries, etc.). On the demand side (patients) the system is also mixed since about 40% of the Portuguese have health coverage beyond the NHS: such as private insurance (personal or professional) or health subsystems for certain companies or specific sectors.
HM Hospitales, a growing private hospital group
march 2019. The HM Hospitales group is one of the leading private healthcare operator in Spain with 15 general hospitals, 21 polyclinics and 4 specialised centres in Oncology, Cardiology, Neurosciences and Fertility, located in Madrid, Barcelona, Galicia, León and Toledo. 4700 professionals work for the group, which offers healthcare excellence in addition to research, education, constant technological innovation and publication of clinical research results.
Hospitales San Roque, an hospital rooted in its territory
FeBRUARY 2019. Hospitales San Roque (HSR) is a small private hospital group with two hospitals located in the Canary Islands. We are offering a high level of quality of care and the latest Health Reputation Index reflects this. Hospitales San Roque stands out as the “private hospital with the the best reputation” in the Canary Islands and in the top-30 at national level.
New health law
FeBRUARY 2019. On February the 13th , Agnès Buzyn, Minister of Solidarity and Health in France, presented to the Council of Ministers a draft law on the organization and transformation of the healthcare system. This bill is intended to implement the health strategy announced last september by Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic. It should be adopted before summer.
The Federal Administrative Court rules in favour of the Private Hospital La Tour
february 2019. The hospital planning in Geneva canton contravenes federal law and the principle of equal treatment between competitors, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court decided on 16 January 2019 in a landmark ruling.
The healthcare private sector is an economic engine
january 2019. According to the 2019 Global Medical Trends report, the Spanish private healthcare sector will represent 4% of GDP in 2019, 0,5% more than in 2018. According to Cristina Contel, President of the Alliance of Private Health in Spain (ASPE) and UEHP Vice-President, "the private healthcare sector is a key player in Spain...
AIOP presents its yearly Report on Health and Hospitals to the Senate
january 2019. On the 16th of January in one of the Senate’s seats, the Italian Association of private hospitals presented the yearly Report on Health and Hospitals to politicians and to journalists.
Hospital Barometer 2018
january 2019.The economic situation of German hospitals remains difficult. In 2017, every third hospital wrote red numbers (30%), + 1% compared to the previous year. The share of hospitals with an annuel net profit is 60% and the one with a balanced annual result is 11%.
SantéCité, a French cooperative group
January 2019. An independent private healthcare institution faces the same challenges as other hospitals such as economic return, adaptation, innovation and competitiveness but with one distinctive characteristic, the sustainability of its development. An independent private hospital manager has a long term view and an economic model based on investments. Our cooperative establishments want to be in business for the long term.
The challenges of the Italian health system
December 2018.“Over the last five years the Italian public health system had to face important challenges: limiting spending, not adequately addressing the inefficiencies of the "machine”, transferring as much as possible the action of the spending review on funding granted to accredited private parties and giving rise to a de facto rationing of the services provided to users.
Hirslanden, the major Swiss private hospital group
DECEMBER 2018.Hirslanden is Switzerland's largest private hospital group and also the biggest medical service network. The Hirslanden Private Hospital Group consists of 18 hospitals in 11 cantons, many of which have an integrated outpatient surgery unit and a 24-hour emergency centre.
Private hospital trophies 2018
December 2018. The 11th edition rewarded 9 private hospitals for their innovation and commitment to serve patient.
ASPE received the New Medical Economics Awards
NOVEMBER 2018. The Spanish Private Health Alliance (Alianza de la Sanidad Privada Española – ASPE) has been distinguished with the New Medical Economics Award, in the category of “Internationalization of Spanish activity”.
French hospital federations united to defend their tariffs
NOVEMBER 2018. United, the French hospital federations organized a press conference to alert the government to the fragile economic, financial and social situation of public and private health establishments in France.
APHP goes to Brazil
NOVEMBER 2018. Oscar Gaspar, president of the Portuguese Association of Private Hospitals (APHP), participated in two important health events in Brazil.
Swiss Medical Network, a multi-faceted group
NOVEMBER 2018. With 19 clinics and medical centers located in the three language regions of the country, patients from Switzerland and abroad receive first-class hospital treatments, care and nursing. With our presence in 11 cantons, our hospital group is an important partner in political discussions and negociations at federal level.
Award Innovation Prize 2018
OCTOBER 2018. Three outstanding innovations by private clinics have been rewarded by the Austrian Private Hospitals Federation in the frame of its second Congress in October.
Portuguese patients say that private hospitals are better
OCTOBER 2018. On a scale of zero to ten, public hospitals score 5.7, while private hospitals have an overall satisfaction score of 7.5.
MedLife, the largest private healthcare service provider in Romania.
OCTOBER 2018. MedLife, through Sfanta Maria brand, is one of the largest private outpatient healthcare service providers having an agreement with the National Health Insurance House (CNAS)
German hospitals in comparison
oCTOBER 2018.The PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) indicators 2018 on financial and performance of German hospitals have just been released.
Quality and relevance of care, a key issue for the private hospital sector... and for patients.
oCTOBER 2018. Quality and relevance of care are one of the cornerstones of the Health System Transformation Strategy (STSS) introduced by the French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn.
september 2018. Elsan, France’s second largest private clinics group, developed very rapidly in the past two years. In 2017, Elsan acquired the 3rd French private clinics group MédiPôle Partenaires, only two years after Elsan’s creation with the merger between two other groups: Vedici and Vitalia.
July 2018. The PremiQaMed Group, created in 1991, ranks among Austria's top private hospitals. Its five acute care clinics in Vienna, Salzburg, Styria, welcomed in 2017 more than 44.600 inpatient-cases from home and abroad, 4.218 births and 195.000 hospital days.
APHP (Portuguese association private hospitals)
Portuguese citizens increasingly prefer private hospitals
june 2018. Following the usual publication of the National Institute of Statistics (INE) for World Health Day (April 7th ) the Portuguese Association of Private Hospitals (APHP) proudly highlights the significant and growing contribution of private hospitals to the Portuguese Health System and perceives it as a clear sign of the preference of Portuguese citizens.
Ramsay Générale de Santé
JuNE 2018. Ramsay Générale de Santé (RGDS) is the biggest French private hospital group, with 120 hospitals and health centres. It counts over 23.000 employees and 6.000 practitioners. Besides, RGDS detains 17 % of market share in France, offering medical care to 2 million patients, welcoming 32.000 newborns and 550.000 emergency care patients. One surgical operation out of 10 in France is performed by RGDS, taking a leading position in cancer treatment, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and cardiovascular surgery but also in dialysis treatment (figures 2017).
How to define quality?
JUNE 2018. The Ministry of Health has launched in 2015 the Institute for quality assurance and transparency in healthcare (IQTIG), which goal is to develop scientific stable quality indicators to compare the quality of medical treatment between hospitals, physicians and nursing homes. Hospitals have to provide annual data for public reporting.
Private hospitals reinforce their position in the Portuguese Health System
APRIL 2017. Data by the National Statistics Institute (INE) confirm that private hospitals are already in majority.
Insight into the state of Portugal's healthcare system
APRIL 2018. Interview with Oscar Gaspar - President, Portuguese Association of Private Hospitalization and Vice-President, Confederation of Portuguese Industry (CIP)
Cybercrime attacks on hospitals
JANUARY 2018. Targeted hacker attacks on critical infrastructure - including medical devices in hospitals - are causing IT experts more and more concern.
How to prepare healthcare institutions to Data security
april 2018. On 29 March, the French Federation Private Hospitals (FHP) organised a half-day of work and exchanges on EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European reference text on personal data protection. This training was led by a lawyer specialized in new technology and the Correspondent for protection of personal data from Orpéa-Clinea private health group.
FHP action: funding measures for private non-profit health institutions cancelled!
january 2017. The Council of State has condemned the French State and cancelled orders fixing the funding rates for private non-profit healthcare institutions for the years 2015 and 2016.
APHP Member of the Board of The Confederation of Portuguese Industry
FEBRUARY 2017. On 10th February 2017, the President of the Portuguese Association of Private Hospitals (APHP), Oscar Gaspar, was today elected Member of the Board of CIP (The Confederation of Portuguese Industry) and Vice-president of the General Council of that Confederation.
First prophylactic gastrectomy with robotic support in the world
JANUARY 2017. The General Surgery Service of the private hospital HM Sanchinarro in Madrid, directed by Dr Yolanda Quijano and Dr Emilio Vicente, have performed two prophylactic gastrectomies with robotic support on September 7. 2016.
Clinique St. Pierre (Perpignan) implants the first leadless intracardiac pacemaker
DECEMBER 2016. With a size of less than one-tenth of that of conventional pacemakers, the Micra GST device is the smallest pacemaker in the world, designed to provide patients with bradycardia stimulation using the most advanced technology.
A European giant is born!
DECEMBER 2016. The Spanish largest private hospital group Quironsalud has been acquired by the German group Fresenius Helios, the largest private hospital group in Germany.
Earthquake: Italian private clinics show solidarity
DECEMBER 2016. As a result of the devastating earthquake that struck central Italy at the end of October, Aiop Lazio, representing 106 clinics, was activated in order to provide quick assistance to populations affected by the earthquake.
FNCP became ASPE
MAY 2016. The Spanish Private Health Alliance- ASPE, born last May 2016, through the merger by absorption of the National Confederation of Private Clinics and Hospitals, CNCHP, by the Spanish Federation of Private Clinics, FNCP.
The Panhellenic Association of Private Clinics awarded by the Minister of Health
What is reasonable profit?
SEPTEMBER 2016. Within the meaning of European law, health-care services are recognized as a service of general economic interest (SGEI). In order to bring France in line with EU law, the French government plans on implementing a decree for the end of 2016 to regulate reasonable profit' for public and private hospitals.
A study sheds light on cross-subsidising of hospitals in Switzerland
SEPTEMBER 2016. A study carried out by the University of Basel shows the extent of the potential damage of the inadequate cantonal governance of hospital funding
The German Association of Private Clinics is suing the District of Calw for subsidising a local hospital
JUNE 2016. The BDPK (German Association of Private Clinics) is suing the District of Calw for subsidising local clinics with taxpayers' money.