Countdown to #EHMA2018 – Discover the Conference highlights

21 May 2018

We are starting the countdown for the EHMA 2018 conference – only 30 Days left. EHMA has prepared a very dynamic, cutting-edge and innovative programme for you. Come and enjoy 2.5 days with your friends, colleagues and peers in beautiful Budapest and be part of a powerful EHMA community of healthcare professionals. It is still possible to register here.

Highlights of EHMA 2018


EHMA 2018 is pleased to host a closed WHO high-level meeting organised by Dr. Hans Kluge, Director, Division of Health Systems and Public Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe on the topic “Towards a consolidated vision and roadmap for the digitalization of national health systems in Europe – aligning to the public health agenda”.
This meeting is being formed to create an interactive dialogue around the agenda of digitalization of health systems and is expected to develop the initial steps towards a vision and roadmap for accelerating digital health adoption in the broader WHO European Region.


At EHMA 2018 we will talk about changes and the future. How do we implement those changes?
Keynotes from Dr. Helen Bevan and Dr. Hans Kluge will inspire and provocative discussions led by our Moderator, Sarah Wheaton with our panel speakers Mr. Reinier Schlatmann, Philips; Dr. Miklos Szocska, Health Services Management Training Centre of the Semmelweis University, Hungary; Mrs. Nicola Bedlington, European Patients’ Forum; Prof. Dr. Kim Putters, Netherlands Institute for Social Research & Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands; Dr. Usman Khan, European Health Management Association will get you involved.


Wide range of special EHMA Partner sessions will be presented at EHMA 2018. They will be organized by the Ministry of Defence, the Netherlands together with NATO Centre of Excellence; the Digital Therapeutics Partnership session; a session dedicated to European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies anniversary and the project TO-REACH session.


Unique exhibition area will allow the delegates to get an update on cutting-edge research, projects and initiatives that are undertaken by such organisations as the European Health Parliament and the Digital Therapeutics Partnership. As EHMA is all about excellence in health management, the delegates will have a chance to explore learning opportunities, courses and master programmes that are offered by partners and member universities.

EHMATHON- EHMA pioneers hackathons in the healthcare conferences

EHMAthon is a two-day hackathon where participants work in cross-functional teams with mentors to find innovative solutions to a common and given challenge in the field of healthcare & technology. Successful EHMAthoners will brainstorm on this challenge: “How might we improve healthcare in remote and underdeveloped areas in Europe by leveraging technology and digital solutions?”
The EHMAthon will take place from Tuesday, June 19th 1 pm until Wednesday, June 20th 6pm, with the final presentations and awards ceremony taking place during EHMA conference closing plenary session on Friday, June 22nd at 12:45-14:30.


The workshop will be run by prof. Federico Lega, Chair of Scientific Committee EHMA and University of Milan, and Pamela Mazzocato, Karolinska Medical Management Centre.
Hospital sectors in the industrialised world are facing tremendous changes and pressures. These pressures are leading to hospital re-organisational integrations such as development of new design for the internal organisation of the hospital, policies and actions to enhance the engagement of clinicians in doctor-managers roles.
The goal is to understand how managers in different countries cope with these problems in a world-wide context, which innovative solutions are adopted, and which ones have been proved successful.


On behalf of Chairs of the PD Group Elly Breedveld and Siegfried Walch, EHMA is pleased to inform you that, during the Conference, on Wednesday, 20th June, a Programme Directors’ Group Meeting will take place from 15.00 to 16.30. The Programme Directors Group brings together Course Directors, Departmental Heads and other senior managers to help ensure that taught programmes continue to provide the highest quality education for current and future health managers.

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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