EHMA Webinar: Hospitals & COVID-19: Where are we succeding and failing?

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.


Dr Alexandre Lourenço

He is the President of the Portuguese Association of Hospital Managers (APAH). He works as Hospital Administrator at Coimbra University and Hospital Centre, Affiliate Member of Nova SBE Health Economics and Management Knowledge Centre, and Guest Lecturer on Healthcare Management Executive Training Programs at the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics.

Since 2014, he also cooperates as a consultant for the World Health Organization, providing technical assistance on health systems strengthening and financing. He is the vice-chair of the Technical Advisory Group on Tuberculosis Control (TAG-TB) for WHO-Europe.

He has co-authored several health care policy documents (e.g. Portuguese Ministry of Health, European Commission, World Health Organization, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, International Labour Organization), book chapters, scientific papers, and posters. He has presented keynote talks at several national and international conferences. He is the Exec Editor-in-Chief of the HealthManagement Journal.

Dr Markku Mäkijärvi

Markku Mäkijärvi is the Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS). The Chief Medical Officer acts as 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. Mäkijärvi is a specialist in internal medicine and cardiology.


Practical Information

The webinar is free and open to the public. The system used is Zoom.