Could EDU’s innovative model help relieve burdened healthcare systems?

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EDU was recently featured in major news source BBC, specifically in a BBC Radio 4 programme titled The Backlog. In this series, The Economist’s Health Policy Editor, Natasha Loder, looks for answers on how to tackle the UK’s burdened healthcare system. EDU’s innovative model could be a scalable capacity-building solution healthcare systems are looking for!

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The healthcare backlog all over the world has aggravated further as the pandemic has advanced, with workforce shortages increasing as demand rises. In the UK, the NHS faces a monumental backlog of patients awaiting treatment. But how exactly can one tackle the backlog? Natasha Loder looks for answers: radical solutions to plug the gap and help train and retain health staff,and presents EDU as an idea with immense potential.  

Loder introduces EDU to discuss the private sector’s involvement in the backlog, referring to EDU as “a bit of private sector innovation that could help make training much more affordable and accessible.”  

Loder additionally interviews Max Hotopf, expert in healthcare provision, who further praises EDU’s programme:  

“By using a really sophisticated digital platform, they are able to achieve something quite extraordinary. And it’s that kind of innovation – which you will find in for- profits – that sort of innovation around the world, which we should be deploying into the UK.”  


Max Hotopf is the Founder and Chairman of Healthcare Business International (HBI), an independent publisher based in London, UK with a focus on healthcare business models, valuations and innovation in AI and digital health. He recently interviewed EDU Rector and Founder Dr. Jürgen Laartz and COO Alexandra Cosma for an HBI Deals and Insights article, a section dedicated to providing healthcare leaders with up-to-date news, interviews and deep dive analysis.  

In their interview, they discussed EDU’s Medical Programme: its deep and early integration of theory and praxis and the rigorous supervision and quality measurements. Furthermore, they delved into EDU’s value proposition, its vision for the future, and most important: what role could this play in dealing with the massive world shortage of doctors? 

As Dr. Laartz commented: “The big problem is how to get doctors to second- and third-degree cities and in the countryside. The traditional model uproots the student and takes them to a new location for their education, while ours allows them to stay put.” His hope is that EDU’s approach will enable students to be anchored in their local setting: that the students who attend a local hospital will then stay there on qualification and make their careers there rather than migrating.  

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