EHMA 2019 Conference – Espoo, Finland

The EHMA 2019 Annual Conference on Health Management 2.0, was held on 17th-19th June 2019 at Aalto University, Espoo, Finland and hosted by the Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

The conference gathered more than 350 international healthcare managers, professionals, researchers and policy makers. The delegates came together from across the world to learn new skills, share ideas and acquire effective practices on health management.

A total of twelve parallel abstract sessionsfour interactive discussion sessions, eleven partner sessions, and two keynote presentations took place, as well as the final presentations of the EHMAthon & Business Model and Healthtech Innovations competition. Additionally, a vibrant Health Lab exhibition area was organised to allow delegates to discover cutting-edge research, industry initiatives and projects, and abstract presenters to share their research results through poster pitching.

The EHMA Secretariat

EHMA 2019 – Materials and Downloads 

Abstract Book

The EHMA 2019 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 2019 Photo Album

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Highlights from the plenaries

At this year’s Annual Conference, we had the pleasure of hosting two exceptional keynote speakers: Prof. Federico Lega, University of Milan, Italy and Dr. Elia Stupka, Life Sciences Business, Health Catalyst, USA. 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:


Prof. Federico Lega – Health Management reloaded: beyond rhetoric and myths
Dr. Elia Stupka – How data impacts lives: towards a zero patients vision by 2030

If you want to see more, you can find more videos in a dedicated YouTube playlist hosted on our EHMA channel.



EHMA 2019 Conference Report

Did you miss some sessions at #EHMA2019? Would you like to discover what we discussed in Finland? Do you want to know more about the key take-home messages of our Health Management 2.0 Conference?  Good news! This year we prepared a comprehensive EHMA 2019 CONFERENCE REPORT, featuring short summaries of each session and a focus on the crucial learnings and hottest discussion topics from the conference.

Read the full report here!


EHMA 2019 Awards

EHMA supports the partnership between health management teaching and practice and is consequently very proud to support a number of awards for academic excellence including the Karolinska Medical Management Centre & EHMA Research Award; EHMA Best Poster; Best European Paper and Best non-European Paper awards.

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 2019 Award went to Mr. Bart Noort, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, for his work on “The healthcare purchaser as a care chain orchestrator: enabling and limiting effects of healthcare systems and policy.”

As a continuation from previous year, EHMA decided to award: Best Poster; Best European Paper and Best Non-European Paper. The Best Poster Award was given to Ms. Tessa van Dijk, Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, The Netherlands for her work on “Defining a relation: financers and healthcare executives”. The Best European Paper Award went to Prof. Andrew Walton, Founder & Exec. Chair of Connect Health, UK for his work on “Using data to transform clinical quality and patient outcomes – Connect Health raises the quality and efficiency of MSK and pain community services across whole systems” and Best non-European Paper Award went to Dr. Sarit Rashkovits, Yezreel Valley College, Israel for her work on “Personality Attributes and Leadership Self-Efficacy of Health Systems Management Graduate Program Students”.


EHMAthon Business Model and Healthtech Innovations Competition


Following the success of the first edition which took place at the EHMA 2018 Conference and to keep supporting young professionals and students in expressing their innovative ideas, EHMA organizes the second edition of the EHMAthon in 2019, in the framework of its EHMA 2019 Conference in Espoo, Finland.

The EHMATHON 2019 was organised in partnership with Business Model and Healthtech Innovations. For the 2019 edition, the EHMATHON group was composed of students studying medicine, bio IT, industrial engineering and information networks. EHMATHON partner companies gave the students, grouped in teams, a real healthcare challenge to solve. The teams brainstorm together to find innovative solutions to the selected challenge and their ideas will be presented during the final plenary at the EHMA 2019 Annual Conference. The the EHMATHONERS brainstormed on ”Ecologically sustainable medication: How can we reduce the ecological impact of medicines?”

The winners of the EHMAthon & Business Model and Healthtech Innovations Competition are: Rami Kurimo, Maria Haukka, Oona Kivalo, Pirta Salojärvi and Aarne Talvela who presented “How can doctors promote more sustainable medicine usage?” Congratulations and best wishes for your next adventures!
Check their presentations on Youtube or you can download their presentations.

#EHMA2019 – Your Sustainable Conference

Last year, a number of green initiatives were launched at the EHMA 2018 Annual Conference to ensure that #EHMA2018 was our most environmentally sustainable conference.

At #EHMA2019 we stayed determined to continue on this sustainable trend! 
The wooden frames in the exhibition area were built from recycled wood. Delegates received a biodegradable bottle to fill up with Finnish tap water to avoid any use of single-use plastic. Conference pens were made from recycled bottles and lanyards from recycled fabric.


We had some fun!

This year we were pleased to propose our delegates an extra programme which helped to explore the beauty of the destination of EHMA 2019 and left a legacy behind. EHMA 2019 delegates could choose between: Morning Charity Runs, Bird-watching tour and Architecture tour. They could relax and enjoy the company of their peers and create the community of engaged healthcare professionals.

All participants of EHMA 2019 conference were invited to the Welcome Reception at the Espoo Cultural Centre hosted by the Mayor of the City of Espoo!

This year our delegates forgot about their gala outfits and left the high heels and ties at home. The social dinner took place in Nuuksio National Park where participants could explore the beauty of Finnish nature during the White nights season and dive in the midsummer tradition. This time was full of joy and informal friendly chats.