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, reorganisation of how care is delivered and novel management solutions.

With this new webinar series, we want to bring together all the key stakeholders involved in health management to tackle some of the most important issues related to this global crisis. Topics will include how to manage primary care during the COVID19 outbreak, control recommendations for hospitals, internal procurement, and more. 

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

Target Audience
  • Healthcare managers
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Policy makers
  • Scholars and researchers engaged in health management
  • Citizens at large

Future Webinars

17. Unpacking the fragmentation that makes older people at higher risk of infection

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

Practical Information: The webinar is free and open to the public. The system used is Zoom. To register please click here.

Past Webinars

1. Primary care during the COVID19 outbreak 

Date & Time: Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 12.30 PM Brussels time

Overview: This EHMA webinar on Primary Care and COVID-19 will involve a key speaker and expert from Catalonia, Spain, with the objective of outlining how primary care settings, typically the first contact for patients within healthcare systems, are reacting to the emergency. 

Speaker: Dr. Antoni Peris Grao, Managing Director at CASAP, EHMA Board member

2. Health Systems and Health Literacy in the time of COVID-19

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.

3. Hospitals & COVID-19: where are we succeeding and failing?

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).

4. European Hospitals & COVID-19: reacting and adapting

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

5. Managing COVID-19: an Italian Perspective

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)

6. Mental health in the midst of COVID-19

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

7. Procurement: Responding to COVID-19

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

8. Health research and innovation in time of COVID-19

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 

9. Better COVID-19 preparedness through accreditation and implementation of hospital management systems

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

10. Stockholm public healthcare system emergency response to SARS COV2 and winter preparations

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.

11. Better health systems and policies revealed from research and innovation

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

12. COVID-19: Nurses experiences on PPE

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

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.

13. Estimating the costs for a single hospitalisation episode

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

14. COVID-19 and mental health: reflection on individuals, organizations and health systems

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.

15. Controlling and better understanding COVID-19

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.

16. Innovating the management of chronic conditions

Date & Time: Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 3 PM Brussels Time

Overview: Managing chronic conditions amid a pandemic has proven to not be easy for several reasons: patience with chronic illnesses were among the most vulnerable populations at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, therefore health care organisations have had to balance the need to protect patients and those who live with them from getting COVID-19, with the need to maintain continuity of care to avoid the risk of decompensated patients requiring emergency hospital care. What can be learnt from the emergency to innovate the health system and the management of chronic patients? In this webinar we will explore the strategies and organisational models healthcare organizations developed in the different phases of the COVID-19 pandemic to drive chronic disease management. The webinar will present and discuss the choices made by several hospital trusts and local health authorities in Italy and consider what is needed in the immediate future.  

Speakers: Lucia Ferrara, Junior Lecturer at SDA Bocconi School of Management and Cergas Researcher