EHMA 2017 Annual Conference | Health Futures

13-15 June 2017 - Milan, Italy


The EHMA 2017 Annual Conference ‘Health Futures’ took place on 13-15 June at the prestigious Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

With more than 250 delegates representing numerous countries across Europe and beyond, it was a fruitful three days that gave attendees many opportunities to learn from others in the field of health management and network with representatives of various organisations. A total of 29 parallel sessions, 10 Bocconi Management Sessions and 3 keynote speeches were organised to allow delegates to be exposed to cutting-edge research and recent findings in fields that included, among others, primary health, health workforce and integrated care.

Other topics and sessions included:

  • Issues in cross-border healthcare
  • Regulations, standards and patient care
  • Professionalism, skill mix and change
  • Early career development forum 
  • Emerging trends in health policy and regulations
  • Writing for publication 
  • Mental Health 
  • Big data and the future of hospital-based care

… and much more.


EHMA 2017 Abstract book

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Dr. Josep Figueras, Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Dr. Josep Figueras, Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Sir David Sloman, Chief Executive, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Sir David Sloman, Chief Executive, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. Korstiaan van Wyngaarden, Medical Officer Digital Health, Philips

Dr. Korstiaan van Wyngaarden, Medical Officer Digital Health, Philips

Useful Resources

EHMA 2017 Awards

EHMA is proud to support awards for academic excellence including the Karolinska Medical Management Centre & EHMA Research Award and the award for Best Poster.

The Karolinska MMC & EHMA Research Award went to Mrs. Federica Centauri (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy), for her work on ‘Moving beyond initial implementation: a multiple case study of lean as an organisational-wide strategy’. The award for Best Poster was given to Mrs. Helen Pardoe (Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, UK) for her work ‘In a multi-ethnic environment in the UK less than 50% of the population can use telephone consultation’.



With the conference app and plenty of activity on Twitter, EHMA 2017 was undoubtedly the most digital it has ever been.

On Twitter #EHMA2017 highlighted intriguing conversations on health futures. With more than 450 tweets in three days and around 300 visualisations for our live streamed plenary sessions a massive audience was reached through social media.

What our Members say

I have been active in EHMA since the first years of the '90s and I have seen its evolution from a small association of members interested in sharing knowledge on health management practices to the current status of reference and advisory key player for EU, health systems and organisations, stakeholders associations, industry and universities. EHMA is now a unique knowledge hub, policy advisor, community of practice and network of best in class organisations involved in health policy and management. A place where health managers can build their competences, policy-makers and stakeholder associations envision how to implement and sustain change through health management, industry leaders understand how to engage more effectively with health organisations and systems. The right place to nurture and grow health management capabilities and capacity for every stakeholder of health systems.

Prof. Federico Lega, University of Milan, Italy

Health management has a crucial function in shaping public health and health system challenges. The Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria had success in collaborating with EHMA on EU-funded projects that has resourced us to create new health management competencies for the future workforce. In addition to all classical definitions, health management is a science dealing with individuals, groups, and society at large. It is an art contributing to the beauty of our lives and an interactive communication process at all levels of institutions and human energy. I have also had the pleasure to chair the South Eastern European Special Interest Group which gives members a space to discuss and tools to address how health systems are managed in our regions.

Prof. Todorka Kostadinova, Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria

I enjoy the high level of interaction and engagement in EHMA’s activities, in particular during the annual conference where the panel discussions are rich and well prepared. As a hospital manager and professor of health management, EHMA motivates and inspires me to be creative. You go back home feeling energised from seeing old friends and making new connections, as well as being convinced of serving as EHMA’s ambassador. It’s a strong feeling of interdisciplinary engagement, but it also feels like being part of family-like community.

Prof. Sandra C. Buttigieg, University of Malta, Malta

EHMA is a pre-eminent organisation for everyone working in planning, managing and delivering health services across Europe. As a long standing member of EHMA I have always been impressed by the vibrant community of managers, researchers and academics it has created and by the many opportunities for sharing knowledge and funding opportunities it has brought to its members. Its international scope is impressive and its impact is often felt in management and research across European and national health systems.

Prof. Axel Kaehne, Edge Hill University, UK

Health workforce has become more essential in operating, managing and maintaining health systems lately, particularly in crisis and emergency situations. European healthcare professions and the workforce need to be high on the agenda of managers and decision makers. The Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmelweis University in Hungary is a longstanding EHMA member, because it connects us with collaborators and experts, with whom we can have complex debates, from whom we can learn and at the end find solutions in various challenging fields of healthcare management.

Dr Eszter Kovács, Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmelweis University, Hungary

As a hospital administrator and health management professor, I see on a daily basis that the healthcare challenges require talented and skilled managers to transform it. the EHMA membership has been beneficial to bring healthcare management research and education to the demanding healthcare services world, promoting healthcare management competencies and knowledge creation.

Dr Alexandre Lourenco, APAH - Association of Portuguese Hospital Managers, Portugal

Many healthcare systems in Europe and beyond are facing similar challenges which require innovative and creative solutions. EHMA’s annual conference, webinars, Programme Directors’ group and other activities and resources provide incredible opportunities for networking, connecting and sharing experiences. A distinct feature of EHMA is the diversity of members with representation from many countries, sectors and different communities of practice – academic, policy-makers, practitioners, managers, leaders and students. The annual conference is a highlight in the calendar year, offering a friendly, fun and learningful environment for emerging and established members to engage, collaborate and meet up with old and new friends. I am proud to be a member of the EHMA Board.

Prof. Ann Mahon, University of Manchester, UK

Society evolution, pandemics and ageing modify health needs. So, health policies and services are to change dramatically. EHMA, through webinars, workshops and annual conference provides an excellent insight to a professional changing world, favouring closeness to management innovation and the protagonists of these changes. As a primary care services’ manager, participating in EHMA activities is really worth it and allows to involve oneself in the innovation processes.

Dr Antoni Peris Grao, Consorci Castelldefels Agents de Salut (CASAP), Spain