EHMA 2018 Conference – Budapest


The EHMA 2018 Annual Conference, titled “Making it Happen“, was a gathering of healthcare managers, professionals, researchers and policy makers, held from 20th-22nd June at Semmelweis University, Hungary and hosted by its Health Services Management Training Centre (EMK).

More than 400 delegates came together from across Europe to learn, debate and discuss matters relating to improving the health of communities and citizens. A total of twelve Parallel Abstract Sessions, twelve Interactive “In conversation” Sessions, six Partner sessions, two Keynote Presentations, as well as a vibrant Health Lab exhibition areawere organised to allow delegates to be exposed to cutting-edge research, new ideas and recent findings in fields ranging from integrated care to the patient led hospital of the future, from good governance to health systems.

Starting on a pre-conference day with the EHMA Summer Workshop on “Reconfiguring modern hospitals” and the EHMAthon – a brainstorming activity gathering 35 young creative minds to address the issue of “How might we improve healthcare in remote and underdeveloped areas in Europe by leveraging technology and digital solutions?” – we then hosted a number of partner sessions that included topics ranging from military healthcare to the prevention of cardiovascular disease. EHMA was also proud to have been able to host a high-level World Health Organization event, attended by leaders in digital innovation from across 15 countries.


The EHMA Secretariat

EHMA 2018 – Materials and Downloads 

Abstract Book

The EHMA 2018 Abstract Book is now available. Please click here to download a copy.



Click on each presentation’s title within the document to download the specific files.


EHMA 2018 Photo Album

Swipe to the left or right to have a look at some pictures or click here to see to entire album!


Highlights from the plenaries

At this year’s EHMA Annual Conference, we had the pleasure of hosting two exceptional Keynote Speakers: Dr. Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer at NHS Horizons in the UK and Dr. Hans Kluge, Director, Division of Health Systems and Public Health, WHO European Region.

Each presentation was thought-provoking and inspirational, addressing core aspects of European healthcare change agenda. We are pleased to share with you the video extracts with the highlights of their Keynotes in a dedicated YouTube playlist hosted on our EHMA channel. If you want to see more, do not forget to check out our live streamed Periscope videos. And stay tuned, soon we will also release the video extract from the Final Plenary, featuring the key moments from the EHMAthon final presentations!


EHMA 2018 Awards

EHMA supports the partnership between health management teaching and practice and is proud to support a number of awards for academic excellence including awards for: Best Poster; Best European Paper and Best non-European paper.

The Karolinska Medical Management Centre & EHMA Research Award promotes high-quality research on health organisation and management. Overseen by the EHMA Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and Prof. Mats Brommels, Director, Medical Management Centre (MMC), Karolinska Institutet, the competition brings early career researchers to present their studies in front of an academic audience. The 2018 Award went to Mrs. Marjolein Herps (Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands), for her work on “Real lives on paper plans. Individual support planning for people with intellectual disabilities”.

This year EHMA also introduced new awards. The Best Poster award was given by EHMA Director, Dr. Usman Khan, to Ms. Erika Sinka Lászlóné Adamik (Semmelweis University Health Services Management Training Centre Patient Safety Unit, Budapest, Hungary) for her work on “Learning from mistakes – a useful tool for supporting management in order to improve safety culture”. The Best European Paper award went toDr. Matthias Wismar (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Brussels, Belgium) for his work on “Making skill-mix innovations in primary and chronic care happen! Trends and policy options.” and Best non-European Paper award went to Dr. Jerome Dugan (Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA) for “The Differential Impacts of Tax Deduction Status on Chronic Disease Morbidity”.


EHMA Best Poster Award 2018 – Authors: Cecília Surján, Erika Sinka, Lászlóné Adamik, Eszter Pitás, Zoltán Balogh and Judit Lám!

Know more about the 1st EHMATHON

The EHMAthon was a two-day hackathon where participants worked in cross-functional teams with mentors to find innovative solutions to a given challenge in the field of healthcare & technology, by using design thinking. The EHMAthon took place within the EHMA 2018 Conference organized by the European Health Management Association and the Semmelweis University, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, edUcate and supported by EIT Health. The topic of the EHMAthon 2018 was to solve this challenge: “How might we improve healthcare in remote and underdeveloped areas in Europe by leveraging technology and digital solutions?”. A total of seven teams worked over an intense two-day period, often involving all night working in order to develop their pitches, that were presented during the closing plenary in front of the conference audience.

The team winning second place was “STORK”: Beata Szász, Audrey Gillies, Holly Tibble, Árpád Veress, Moritz Matschke and the winning team was “TEAM AWESOME”: Daniel Adenisimi, Éva Dóró, Carlo Frassetto, Ionut Poeana, Nancy Bolous with the Generation Game idea who was awarded with EHMA 2019 Winter School passes.

We look forward to keeping you updated on their progress!


#EHMA2018 – A connected conference

Among other great targets reached in Budapest, the EHMA 2018 Annual Conference saw plenty of activity over Twitter and other social media, giving to our participants the opportunity to share their views on how to ‘Making it Happen’.

With over 410 tweets in three days, around 400 visualisations for our live streamed Periscope videos, and more than 130k impressions on Twitter, #EHMA2018 reached a massive social media audience, allowing the Conference to be trending topic in Belgium on June 21st.

To relive the experience, have a look at our EHMA 2018 Social Media Wakelet album and check out the key interactions and highlights from Budapest.