EHMA 2019 Annual Conference | Health Management 2.0

17-19 June 2019 - Espoo, Finland


The EHMA 2019 Annual Conference on Health Management 2.0 took place on 17-19 June 2019 at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) held the event.

The conference gathered 350+ international health managers, professionals, researchers and policymakers. A total of twelve parallel abstract sessions, four interactive discussion sessions, eleven partner sessions and two keynote presentations took place.

The event also hosted final presentations of the EHMAthon & Business Model and Healthtech Innovations competition on ‘Ecologically sustainable medication: How can we reduce the ecological impact of medicines?‘. Additionally, delegates could make the most of a vibrant Health Lab exhibition area to discover cutting-edge research, industry initiatives and projects and abstract presentations with shared research results and poster pitching.

Other topics and sessions included:

  • Systems & organisational governance, sustainability, digital transformation, and personalisation
  • Health benefit analysis in value-based healthcare
  • Climate and energy smart healthcare
  • The Finnish National Kanta Services: part of Finnish digital health revolution

… and much more. 


EHMA 2019 Abstract book

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EHMA 2019 Conference report

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Prof. Federico Lega, University of Milan, Italy

Prof. Federico Lega, University of Milan, Italy

Dr. Elia Stupka, Life Sciences Business, Health Catalyst, USA

Dr. Elia Stupka, Life Sciences Business, Health Catalyst, USA

Useful Resources

EHMA 2019 Awards

EHMA is proud to support awards for academic excellence including the Karolinska Medical Management Centre & EHMA Research Award, and awards for Best Poster, Best European Paper, and Best non-European paper.

The Karolinska & EHMA Research Award went to Mr. Bart Noort, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, for his work on ‘The healthcare purchaser as a care chain orchestrator: enabling and limiting effects of healthcare systems and policy’. The Best Poster Award was given to Ms. Tessa van Dijk, Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, The Netherlands for her work on ‘Defining a relation: financers and healthcare executives’. The Best European Paper Award went to Prof. Andrew Walton, Founder & Exec. Chair of Connect Health, UK for his work on ‘Using data to transform clinical quality and patient outcomes – Connect Health raises the quality and efficiency of MSK and pain community services across whole systems’ and Best non-European Paper Award went to Dr. Sarit Rashkovits, Yezreel Valley College, Israel for her work on ‘Personality Attributes and Leadership Self-Efficacy of Health Systems Management Graduate Program Students’. The winners of the EHMAthon & Business Model and Healthtech Innovations Competition were Rami Kurimo, Maria Haukka, Oona Kivalo, Pirta Salojärvi and Aarne Talvela who presented ‘How can doctors promote more sustainable medicine usage?’

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