Announcing EHMA 2024 – Shaping and managing innovative health ecosystems
24 October 2023
The European Health Management Conference 2024 will take place on 5-7 June 2024 in Bucharest, Romania, co-hosted by the Ministry of Health of Romania and the National Institute for Health Services Management (INMSS). This year’s theme ‘Shaping and managing innovative health ecosystems’ encompasses the entire spectrum of health megatrends. From the digital transformation of healthcare to the ever-growing importance of sustainability, and the evolving workforce skills needs, our Conference will explore how the health sector is adapting to these changes. The emphasis is on an ecosystem approach, promoting collaboration and facilitating dialogue on how different health care actors can work together and leverage each other’s strengths to drive innovation. EHMA 2024 will bring together representatives from the entire healthcare ecosystem to explore innovative solutions to lead increasingly complex and interdependent health systems while also providing a platform to showcase best practices and pioneering initiatives in health management.
The European Health Management Association (EHMA), the Ministry of Health of Romania and the National Institute of Health Services Management (INMSS) announce the 29th edition of the European Health Management Conference to take place in Bucharest, Romania on 5-7 June 2024.
“I am honoured to make Romania the host country of the EHMA Conference. We are on track to position Romanian health management to its highest standard by offering new educational paths to professionals at the service of the public health system. I look forward to showcasing our lessons learnt and best practices alongside the rest of our European colleagues, with the shared vision of advancing health management research and collaboration.” – Prof Alexandru Rafila, Minister of Health of Romania
The conference theme, ‘Shaping and managing innovative health ecosystems’ encompasses the entire spectrum of health megatrends. From the digital transformation of healthcare, to the ever-growing importance of sustainability, and the evolving workforce skills needs, the Conference will explore how the health sector is adapting to these changes. The emphasis is on an ecosystem approach, promoting collaboration and facilitating dialogue on how different health care actors can work together and leverage each other’s strengths to drive innovation.
“The National Institute for Health Services Management recognises that continuously strengthening health and care services management is essential to address the challenges facing our health systems. This can only happen through robust multistakeholder partnerships and knowledge exchange.” – Prof. Dr. Cristian Vladescu, Director of the National Institute for Health Services Management.
The European Health Management Conference has a long-standing history in bridging research and practice in health management. World-renowned institutions, researchers and practitioners gather every year to share high-level research in health management, as the Conference provides a platform to ensure that such knowledge is implementable and transferable to different contexts, regions and countries.
“The EHMA Conference has a strong focus on innovative practices, and we offer a unique place to exchange knowledge on ways to leading, managing and organising health care services and leading health systems in times of constant transformation.” – Prof Sandra C. Buttigieg, MD, President of the European Health Management Association.
Bringing together the entire health ecosystem, EHMA 2024 will facilitate a multidisciplinary and multistakeholder approach to identifying innovative solutions to achieving excellent health management practices in Europe and beyond.LEARN MORE ABOUT EHMA 2024
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What our Members say
I have been active in EHMA since the first years of the '90s and I have seen its evolution from a small association of members interested in sharing knowledge on health management practices to the current status of reference and advisory key player for EU, health systems and organisations, stakeholders associations, industry and universities. EHMA is now a unique knowledge hub, policy advisor, community of practice and network of best in class organisations involved in health policy and management. A place where health managers can build their competences, policy-makers and stakeholder associations envision how to implement and sustain change through health management, industry leaders understand how to engage more effectively with health organisations and systems. The right place to nurture and grow health management capabilities and capacity for every stakeholder of health systems.
Prof. Federico Lega, University of Milan, Italy
Health management has a crucial function in shaping public health and health system challenges. The Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria had success in collaborating with EHMA on EU-funded projects that has resourced us to create new health management competencies for the future workforce. In addition to all classical definitions, health management is a science dealing with individuals, groups, and society at large. It is an art contributing to the beauty of our lives and an interactive communication process at all levels of institutions and human energy. I have also had the pleasure to chair the South Eastern European Special Interest Group which gives members a space to discuss and tools to address how health systems are managed in our regions.
Prof. Todorka Kostadinova, Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria
I enjoy the high level of interaction and engagement in EHMA’s activities, in particular during the annual conference where the panel discussions are rich and well prepared. As a hospital manager and professor of health management, EHMA motivates and inspires me to be creative. You go back home feeling energised from seeing old friends and making new connections, as well as being convinced of serving as EHMA’s ambassador. It’s a strong feeling of interdisciplinary engagement, but it also feels like being part of family-like community.
Prof. Sandra C. Buttigieg, University of Malta, Malta
EHMA is a pre-eminent organisation for everyone working in planning, managing and delivering health services across Europe. As a long standing member of EHMA I have always been impressed by the vibrant community of managers, researchers and academics it has created and by the many opportunities for sharing knowledge and funding opportunities it has brought to its members. Its international scope is impressive and its impact is often felt in management and research across European and national health systems.
Prof. Axel Kaehne, Edge Hill University, UK
Health workforce has become more essential in operating, managing and maintaining health systems lately, particularly in crisis and emergency situations. European healthcare professions and the workforce need to be high on the agenda of managers and decision makers. The Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmelweis University in Hungary is a longstanding EHMA member, because it connects us with collaborators and experts, with whom we can have complex debates, from whom we can learn and at the end find solutions in various challenging fields of healthcare management.
Dr Eszter Kovács, Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmelweis University, Hungary
As a hospital administrator and health management professor, I see on a daily basis that the healthcare challenges require talented and skilled managers to transform it. the EHMA membership has been beneficial to bring healthcare management research and education to the demanding healthcare services world, promoting healthcare management competencies and knowledge creation.
Dr Alexandre Lourenco, APAH - Association of Portuguese Hospital Managers, Portugal
Many healthcare systems in Europe and beyond are facing similar challenges which require innovative and creative solutions. EHMA’s annual conference, webinars, Programme Directors’ group and other activities and resources provide incredible opportunities for networking, connecting and sharing experiences. A distinct feature of EHMA is the diversity of members with representation from many countries, sectors and different communities of practice – academic, policy-makers, practitioners, managers, leaders and students. The annual conference is a highlight in the calendar year, offering a friendly, fun and learningful environment for emerging and established members to engage, collaborate and meet up with old and new friends. I am proud to be a member of the EHMA Board.
Prof. Ann Mahon, University of Manchester, UK
Society evolution, pandemics and ageing modify health needs. So, health policies and services are to change dramatically. EHMA, through webinars, workshops and annual conference provides an excellent insight to a professional changing world, favouring closeness to management innovation and the protagonists of these changes. As a primary care services’ manager, participating in EHMA activities is really worth it and allows to involve oneself in the innovation processes.
Dr Antoni Peris Grao, Consorci Castelldefels Agents de Salut (CASAP), Spain