EHMA 2021 Annual Conference took place digitally from 15-17 September under the theme Health Management: Managing the present and shaping the future. The conference brought together over 400 representatives of the healthcare community to discuss the latest developments in governance and leadership, digital transformation, integrated care, and creating sustainable person-centred services. Over the course of three days, the conference hosted 4 plenary sessions, 14 abstract sessions, 11 partner sessions, 4 EHMA PIE sessions, and featured over 25 posters, offering a unique opportunity to share experiences, skills and competencies in the field of health management.
Relive some of the discussions from the conference by watching the recordings of Plenary Sessions below.
The Opening Plenary Session featured the addresses by Ms Carmen Laplaza Santos (Head of Unit, Health Innovations and Ecosystems, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation – DG RTD, European Commission) and Dr Josep Figueras (Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies). Ms Santos discussed the important role of research, innovation and development, and of working together to strengthen health systems, especially after the COVID-19 continued impact. Dr Figueras presented on the theme of knowledge transfer and organisation and provided an overview of the Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development.
Plenary Session on Shaping health systems for a post-COVID world featured the keynote address by Dr Hans Kluge (Regional Director for Europe, WHO), who reflected on challenges and unique opportunities brought by COVID-19. Prof Maurizio Cecconi (President, European Society of Intensive Care Medicine) presented his views on ICU management, while Ms Adelina Comas-Herrera (Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre – CPEC, London School of Economics) discussed long-term care systems. Dr Ellen Kuhlmann (President, EUPHA section on Health Workforce Research; Senior Researcher, Hannover Medical School) spoke about the impact of COVID-19 on the health workforce.
Ms Izabela Grape (Chairwoman, Breast Cancer Society Amazona) opened the Plenary Session on Leadership for the future of healthcare by sharing her experience of living through two cancer diagnoses. Dr Melitta Jakab (Head of Office, WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care) brought forward the perspective of the primary care sector, while Dr Björn Zoëga (CEO, Karolinska University Hospital) and Ms Annamaria Müller (President, Board of Directors of HFR Friborg Hospital) presented the perspectives of hospitals. Dr Marius Ungureanu (Lecturer and Director of Education, Department of Public Health, Babeș-Bolyai University; Chief of Staff, Ministry of Health of Romania) presented the perspective of local authorities.
Plenary Session on Digital transformation in healthcare: Digital technology as a management tool featured the keynote address by Dr Ceri Thompson (Deputy Head of Unit, ‘eHealth, Well-being, and Ageing’, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology – DG CONNECT, European Commission) who provided an overview of the actions taken by the European Commission to support the use of digital tools. Mr Clayton Hamilton (Coordinator, Digital Health Flagship, Division of Country Health Policies and Systems, WHO Europe) outlined the current initiatives of the WHO and explained how the digital agenda has grown during the pandemic as digital technologies were incrementally used for public health purposes. Lastly, Prof Rosanna Tarricone (Associate Dean, SDA Bocconi School of Management) focused on the benefits and opportunities of digital health technology and the assessment of digital health solutions.