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Digital healthcare provider Zava is stepping up its growth in the UK and Europe with a new acquisition.

The firm has acquired digital health startup Medlanes, which has a network of more than 200 local GPs and specialists across Germany.

Medlanes was founded in 2014 in Berlin by Erik Stoffregen and Dr. Emil Kendziorra and has since developed into the German market leader in arranging private doctors visits in patients’ homes.

Erik Stoffregen remains on board as managing director of Medlanes.

David Meinertz, CEO Zava, says: “The acquisition of Medlanes is an important step in our growth strategy. With Medlanes’ strong network of doctors, we can bridge the gap between online healthcare and local structures. We offer up-to-date care that focuses on health conscious patients.”

Dr. Claudia Linke, head of Zava Germany, adds: “Zava facilitates access to healthcare for patients and doctors. With Medlanes, we can offer both groups even more services and flexibility in the future.”

Erik Stoffregen, MD of Medlanes, says: “Zava’s focus on patients needs and high quality standards is consistent with our approach, which enables treatments 365 days a year at a location of the patient’s choice. We see enormous growth potential by combining the patient journey with both online and offline elements. Together with Zava we want to contribute to taking healthcare to the next level.”

With the ban on remote treatment in Germany being lifted in 2018, digital health services such as video consultations and apps have been on the rise.

This was further accelerated by the Corona pandemic as patients try to avoid the risks of infection in GP waiting rooms.

In conjunction with established structures, digital healthcare can become a solid pillar in the health system and offer patients real benefits, Zava says. Together, Medlanes and Zava want to create “further innovative patient pathways” in the next few months.

The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price and the other details of the contractual provisions.

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