COVID-19: From Viral to Containment

The COVID-19 global public health emergency is showing us once again the importance of bringing experts together, exchanging practices and finding common or shared answers to tackle key public health issues. The complex nature of this common challenge and its practical implications is generating unprecedented stress on several components of our health system and requires rapid responses, reorganization of how care is delivered and novel management solutions.

With our ‘COVID-19: From Viral to Containment’ webinar series, we want to bring together all the key stakeholders, leaders and experts to share practical advice and discussing the current trends, changes and opportunities in health management.

These webinars are free and open to the public. Recording of all webinars will be available soon after the webinar airs on our YouTube channel.

Future Webinars

More info coming soon.


Past Webinars

EHMA, together with the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), will host a joint webinar on 26 May 2021 at 16.00 CEST that will examine perspectives on the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare education and practice in Europe and the United States.

In this webinar participants will be able to compare approaches in the USA and Europe around:

• The key management competencies effective in driving the health of the community during the pandemic
• How did healthcare management educators prepare their students for a post-COVID-19 world by using the impact of the pandemic in-class materials
• How did COVID-19 impact healthcare management programs

Speakers

  • Shelly A. Buck, DNP, MBA is the President of Main Line Health Riddle Hospital in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Incorporating employee engagement, disease-specific responses, and organizational structure, Dr. Buck led her hospital to meet community needs.
  • Daniel J. West, Ph.D., is the Chairman and Professor in the Department of Health Administration and Human Resources at the University of Scranton. He has specialized in international health care, globalization, multiculturalism, and diversity management.
  • Sandra C. Buttigieg, MD, PhD, is the Professor and Head of the Department of Health Services Management, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Malta. She is a public health medicine consultant, head of the clinical performance unit, and chair of the patient safety and quality improvement team at Mater Dei Hospital in Malta.
  • Markku Mäkijärvi, is the Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS), the highest-ranking medical expert in the HUS’ executive team. Mäkijärvi is responsible for the development of specialized care, the introduction of new technology, and the research and teaching activities of HUS. He is a specialist in internal medicine and cardiology.

The discussion will be moderated by

  • Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, President and CEO of CAHME.
  • George Valiotis, Executive Director of EHMA.

You can watch the recording of the webinar here.

Date & Time: Thursday, 6 May 2021, at 16.00 PM Brussels time

Overview: As the Covid-19 pandemic, far from being over, entered the vaccination phase, it is crucial to further assess and reflect on what happened to the healthcare sector from February 2020 onward. In this webinar, EHMA together with SDA Bocconi School of Management and the Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, will discuss with leaders of private and public healthcare systems from Europe how they are preparing for the next wave.

Speakers:

  • Alexandre Lourenço, President of Portuguese Association of Hospital Managers (APAH);
  • Maria Chiara Corti, Social Health Director Local Health Authority AOU Giuliano Isontina Trieste;
  • Stefano Fagiuoli, Director, U.S.C. Gastroenterology Hepatology and Transplantology, Department of Specialty Medicine and Transplantation, Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale (ASST) Papa Giovanni XXIII

You can watch the recording of the webinar here.

Date & Time: Monday, April 19, 2021, at 12.30 PM Brussels time

Overview: What do health systems need to be resilient and sustainable? The challenges that countries are facing in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic have sparked many discussions around this question. In this context, regional and local health authorities can not only share best practices on how to respond to this current threat but also how to better prepare for future challenges. From digital healthcare solutions to the implementation of social healthcare measures, from the delivery of healthcare services to innovation and research, many are the lessons learnt that can improve health systems in the longer term and ensure a sustainable and resilient future.

Speakers: Valentina Polylas, Executive Director at the European Regional and Local Health Authorities (EUREGHA) and Andrea Pavlickova, International Engagement Manager.

You can watch the recording of the webinar here.

Date & Time: Monday, January 18, 2021, at 12.00 PM Brussels time

Overview: The postponement of surgical and hospital treatments has resulted in a backlog of procedures with ongoing delays due to the overall diminished capacity of health systems. In the midst of the second wave, it is important to discuss the lessons learnt during the initial outbreak and assess the most effective strategies that can be applied to preserve elective surgeries.
This webinar discussed the lessons learnt from the pandemic from 3 different country perspectives: the Netherlands, UK and Italy.
What strategies can be adopted to ensure safety in all elective departments? How can resources be strategically allocated? What best practices can be shared and implemented across European countries?

Speakers

  • Ernst Kuipers, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Erasmus Medical Center, The Netherlands;

  • Helen Pardoe, Chief Clinical Information Officer at The Princess Alexandra Hospitals NHS Trust, UK;

  • Giuseppe Banfi, Director of Scientific Research at Hospital Galeazzi, Milan, Italy.

Moderator

  • Aleksandra Krygiel-Nael, EMEA Acting Head of Government Affairs and Policy for Medical Devices

You can watch the recording of the webinar here.

Date & Time: Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 12 PM Brussels Time

Overview: The COVID-19 emergency has had a significant impact on elderly population, as the fragmented data currently available demonstrates. In this context, great emphasis has been attributed to the outbreak of the epidemic in facilities used by people who are elderly, especially residential centers, whose patients have been exposed to a higher transmission incidence. The objective of this webinar is to investigate how these phenomena have been managed and to trace a detailed analysis that considers the specificities of the elderly care sector, starting from the peculiar case of Italy, before and after COVID-19. The emergency has in fact uncovered an already highly fragmented context, both in service provision and policy configuration, escalating its critical issues. Finally, the absence of crisis management enables a reflection on the lessons learned so far that are common to many European countries.

Speaker: Andrea Rotolo, Lecturer at SDA Bocconi School of Management and Cergas Researcher at Bocconi University

You can watch the recording of the event here.

Date & Time: Monday, April 19, 2021, at 12.30 PM Brussels time

Overview: What do health systems need to be resilient and sustainable? The challenges that countries are facing in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic have sparked many discussions around this question. In this context, regional and local health authorities can not only share best practices on how to respond to this current threat but also how to better prepare for future challenges. From digital healthcare solutions to the implementation of social healthcare measures, from the delivery of healthcare services to innovation and research, many are the lessons learnt that can improve health systems in the longer term and ensure a sustainable and resilient future.

Speakers: Valentina Polylas, Executive Director at the European Regional and Local Health Authorities (EUREGHA) and Andrea Pavlickova, International Engagement Manager.

You can watch the recording of the webinar here.

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 16:00 PM Brussels Time

Overview: In this webinar, the policy recommendations by leading experts in virology and health management on the benefits of SARS-CoV-2 serology will be reviewed and discussed. Join EHMA and Abbott for this interactive webinar to learn more about the value of serology testing for the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speakers: Prof. Uwe G. Liebert, Director of the Institute for Virology, University Hospital Leipzig, Germany; Ana Rita Gonzales, President and CEO, Policy Wisdom LLC; Julieta Villegas, Regional Project Director, Public Health Policy Consultant, Policy Wisdom LLC.

You can watch the recording of the event here.

Date & Time: Friday, October 9, 2020, at 12:30 PM Brussels Time

Overview: Join EHMA for World Mental Health Week to hear about the management of mental health services during COVID. With a focus on Serbia, we will discuss the impact on European mental health services caused by COVID. With increasing reports of elevated rates of stress and anxiety across the community, and mental health and well-being of frontline workers also being compromised, Europe must see the management of mental health as a key part of the response to the COVID pandemic. 

Speaker: Marcin Rodzinka, Advocacy & Policy Officer at Mental Health Europe and Prof. Marija Jevtic, Faculty of Medicine University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

You can watch the recording of the event here.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 1st, 2020, at 12 PM Brussels Time

Overview: The cost estimation of healthcare services is considered crucial to ensure better planning and allocation of available healthcare resources, especially in emergency contexts. The COVID-19 pandemic has generated many difficulties for hospital management. Up to June 2020, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus globally reached over 8 million, with a hospitalisation rate around 89.3 per 100,000. This abrupt increase in hospitalised patients, mainly in intensive care, has created a significant problem with regard to the quantification of the resources used for COVID-19 treatment. Using the clinical costing method, it is possible to estimate the costs for a single hospitalisation episode for a COVID-19 patient.

Speaker: Dr. Giovanni Gorgoni, CEO of ARESS – Apulia Regional Agency for Healthcare and Social Welfare

You can watch the recording of the event here.

Time & Date: Wednesday, September 17 at 12.00 – 13.00 CEST 

Overview: ESNO and EHMA are delighted to invite participants of their second webinar on “COVID-19: Nurses experiences on PPE”. This will be a one-hour meeting for nurses where exchanges will be shared on best practices, guidelines on ECDC, and implementations on local levels. Participants will be invited to share their views based on a selection of positions and polls. 

The event is an activity under the #Caring4Nurses Campaign and is sponsored by Medicine for Europe.

You can watch the recording of the event here.

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at 1:30 PM Brussels Time

Overview: The COVID-19 emergency has highlighted the importance of policymaking and research working together in order to have better outcomes. Research is key in supporting health systems and addressing challenges, identifying the areas that need improvement, and strengthening and facilitating the transfer of innovation between countries.COVID-19 has rapidly introduced changes in protocols, services, and transferability of successful innovations. However, even before this pandemic health systems faced common challenges including the increasing cost of healthcare; shortages and uneven distribution of health professionals; health inequalities and inequities in access to healthcare; and growing demand for healthcare from ageing populations and rises in chronic diseases and multi-morbidities. A framework that studies the importance of research implementation for service and policy innovation and to make innovation transferability effective has been developed by the TO-REACH* project. Its Strategic Research Agenda has identified the key research areas that could help to effectively understand the health system’s capacity issues and overcome structural barriers. This EHMA webinar will discuss how what the TO-REACH framework is and how it can play a vital role in addressing COVID-19 challenges and highlight areas where we can put more effort and resources to achieve quality and equitable care. The national perspective of Romania will be presented as an example of this, and we will also hear about how stakeholders are being mobilised and coordinated throughout the European Union.

Speakers: Sabrina Montante, Senior Advisor- EU Affairs, ISS – National Institute of Health of Italy and TO-REACH project coordinator, Brussels and Marius Ungureanu, MD PhD, Director of Education – Department of Public Health, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

You can watch the recording of the event here.

Date & Time: Thursday, August 27, 2020, at 12:30 PM Brussels Time

Overview: This webinar discusses the Swedish government’s response to SARS COV-2, shares valuable lessons about how to adjust the pandemic response for the cold months of winter. It will describe the no “lockdown” strategy used in Stockholm and their emergency management healthcare response. The webinar draws on international research and the Karolinska institute’s rapid implementation research project to consider preparations for the continuing crisis in the winter. The focus is on management preparations and winter actions for primary and community healthcare and older people’s services to respond to resurgences in infection and the upsurge in demand from non-COVID 19 patients whose health has deteriorated in the last months.

Speaker: John Øvretveit is professor of Medical Management at the Karolinska Institutet Medical University and R&D officer for Stockholm healthcare primary and community health services.

You can watch the recording of the event here.

Date & Time: Friday, July 31, 2020, at 12:30 PM Brusssels Time

Overview: Learn from the experience and methods that accredited hospitals have followed to adopt and ensure a safe environment for patients, as well as for their staff amidst Covid-19 crisis. The crisis has required healthcare providers to adapt to a continuously changing and demanding operational framework. During the pandemic, scientific updates and national guidelines issued by responsible authorities have been affecting the daily patient management processes. Infectious diseases prevention and screening procedures have had to be reviewed, and preparedness and response plans updated. An accredited healthcare provider where plans, regulatory systems, and protocols are standardized and already established, is familiar with the appropriate mechanisms to realize crucial adjustments at all levels of its functions. Specified roles, internal controls and standardized operational flows are among the crucial characteristics that support preparedness of a healthcare team and overall of an organization.

Speaker: Dr Claudia Mika, CEO, Temos International

You can watch the recording of the event here.

Date & Time: Friday, July 10, 2020 at 12.30PM CEST

Overview: The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of cooperation among healthcare actors and stakeholders at different levels, and that patients and their communities must be equally valued as stakeholders when considering health research and the innovation process.  The MULTI-ACT project has created an innovative multi-stakeholder solution of mission-oriented collective sustainability. The solution comprises a new governance model, reporting tools and patient engagement guidelines for the involvement of patients in the research continuum.  This model works to allow the effective cooperation of all relevant stakeholders and will be applicable in defining the scope of health research as well as new metrics for the evaluation of its results.  In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MULTI-ACT solutions show how healthcare challenges can be better addressed through the application of a more inclusive multi-stakeholder framework with the right governance structure. In this webinar we will explore the MULTI-ACT experience and the profound effect that the COVID-19 crisis is destined to leave in relation to the recognition and role of organisations supporting Responsible Research and Innovation and operating in the collective interest. 

Speakers: Dr. Paola Zaratin, Scientific Research Director, FISM, Italy and coordinator of the European Project MULTI-ACT 

You can watch the recording of the event here.

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 12.00PM CEST

Overview: Procurement for healthcare is driven by quality and price, and increasingly by environmental impact. Procurement can stimulate innovation and efficiency in healthcare. The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting global health product supply chains, affecting key materials and ingredients, finished health products, logistics, shipping and more. Procurement is critical to support frontline services to provide care to patients and service users. Procurement offices have been working under increasing pressure in order to manage the demand for essential goods to support the services through this crisis. For example, the global demand for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and other supplies is unprecedented. Innovation in procurement can bridge this gap as it is not only about innovation for innovation. It wants to help deliver what an organization needs at the right time and at a price that is affordable if the market can’t provide that. How can IP then help concretely in better addressing the COVID-19 challenge?

Speakers: Dr. Gaynor Whyles, Director, JERA Consulting, UK

You can watch the recording of the event here.

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 13.30 Brussels time

Overview: The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted people’s physical health but also mental health, generating stress and anxiety throughout the population. The introduction of quarantine and other behavioural preventive measures has affected people’s usual activities, social connections, routines and livelihoods. All this can increase levels of loneliness, depression, alcohol and drug misuse, and self-harm or suicidal ideation. Europe is gradually loosening confinement policies, but its effects on the mental health and well-being of the general population, health professionals, and vulnerable people could remain for a long time. What are Europe and health systems doing to respond to the mental health impacts? And what plans are there for future delivery of mental health services?

Speaker: Marcin Rodzinka, Advocacy & Policy Officer at Mental Health Europe

You can watch the recording of the event here.

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 12.30 PM Brussels time

Overview: In February 20th “Patient 1”, was discovered in Codogno Hospital, in Lombardia Region. From that day more than 30.000 people have died in Italy, 50% of them in northern Italy and in the Lombardia Region, in particular. The Graduate School of Health Economics and Management (ALTEMS) has launched a research team dedicated to monitoring the institutional and organizational models of the response of the 20 health care systems active in Italian regions. We have seen a great variability in terms of use of testing, the role of COVID-hospitals, of nursing homes, of physical and virtual monitoring. We were able to identify 3 organizational models of response: hospital-based model; community-based model, hospital and community-integrated model. The opportunity of analysing the impact of different organizational solutions used to face the same emergency can be a significant learning opportunity for hospitals and healthcare systems worldwide 

Speaker: Prof. Americo Cicchetti, Director of the Graduate School of Health Economics and Management (ALTEMS)

You can watch the recording of the event here.

Date & Time: Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 12.30 PM Brussels time

Overview: Since the emergence of COVID-19 in late December 2019, healthcare systems around all of Europe have drastically changed. They were not sufficiently prepared to face this COVID-19 outbreak and they had to be adapted to reorganize to better face the situation.  When it comes to hospitals, they had to reorganize their internal structure, figuring out how to distribute available rooms or beds, staff, and equipment to ensure all patients get care. Although we are in the midst of the response, do managers have access to the information and resources they need in order to create best practices and process changes for the future?  How is COVID-19 affecting the reshaping of hospitals and how are they preparing for a second coronavirus wave?

Speaker: Prof. Federico Lega, EHMA President, Professor of Health Administration at Milan University, Italy

You can watch the recording of the event here.

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at 12.30 PM Brussels time

Overview: The COVID-19 outbreak exposed some central vulnerabilities in our health systems. Across all Europe, hospitals are forced to reorganize their internal structure, turning most areas into COVID wings. Hospitals and healthcare managers must take necessary steps to ensure the safety of their staff, patients and the wider community. What are the priorities in dealing with this emergency from a hospital management perspective? How are hospitals interacting with all the actors to ensure essential medical care to their community? In this webinar, a perspective from Finland and Portugal.

Speaker: Dr Alexandre Lourenço, President of the Associação Portuguesa de Administradores Hospitalares (APAH), EHMA Board Member, and Dr Markku Mäkijärvi, Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS).

You can watch the recording of the event here.

Date & Time: Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 12.30 PM Brussels time

Overview: Health literacy is vital to both slowing down the spread of this virus and mitigating its impact and effects of COVID-19, but what do health systems need to understand about health literacy for a stronger response?  Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said: “We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic”. What is the role of health systems, and how can health managers facilitate developing a health literate society?

Speakers: Dr Kristine Sørensen, President of the International Health Literacy Association, and Professor Stephan Van den Broucke, Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and the Psychological Sciences Research Institute of the Université Catholique de Louvain.

You can watch the recording of the event here.

Date & Time: Monday, January 18, 2021, at 12.00 PM Brussels time

Overview: Join an expert panel to discuss lessons learnt on how to appropriately preserve elective surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in healthcare systems across Europe and put extreme strain on hospitals. During the initial outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, European hospitals suspended elective surgeries and hospital treatments in hope of reducing infection rates and preserving resources for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The postponement of surgical and hospital treatments has resulted in a backlog of procedures with ongoing delays due to the overall diminished capacity of health systems. In the midst of the second wave, it is important to discuss the lessons learnt during the initial outbreak and assess the most effective strategies that can be applied to preserve elective surgeries. This webinar will discuss the lessons learnt from the pandemic from different country perspectives. What strategies can be adopted to ensure safety in all elective departments? How can resources be strategically allocated? What best practices can be shared and implemented across European countries.

Speakers: Dr Ernst Kuipers, Chairman of the Executive Board, Erasmus Medical Center, The Netherlands; Dr Helen Pardoe FRCS, MSc, MBChB, Chief Clinical Information Officer (C.C.I.O.), Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, The Princess Alexandra Hospitals NHS Trust, UK; Dr Giuseppe Banfi, Director of Scientific Research, Hospital Galeazzi, Milan, Italy.

You can register for the webinar here; you can read here more information about the speakers.