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Everybody’s business: value-based healthcare – EHMA Workshop

May 10 @ 14:00 - 18:00

Everybody’s business value-based healthcare


This will be the last episode of a 4-part executive workshop series that addresses good leadership, person-centred care, resilient healthcare systems, and value-based approaches to healthcare. ‘The Many Avenues of Health Management’ series brings together different stakeholders across the healthcare ecosystem and presents questions and examples future and current leaders should consider in driving change in the healthcare sector.

Overview of the workshop

In recent years, value-based healthcare (VBHC) has been seen to provide an effective vehicle to improve health service efficiency with an outcome-based focus. It is a delivery model in which providers are paid based on patient health outcomes. Providers are rewarded when their patients’ health is improved; the effects and incidence of chronic disease decrease; and patients are able to live healthier lives. Such an approach has been creating incentives for healthcare providers to offer the best care at the lowest cost, resulting in savings in healthcare costs; patients receiving more value for money and increased patient quality of care and satisfaction. However, much more remains to be done in terms of large-scale implementation of VBHC and health managers can play a key role in making it happen.

In this executive workshop, we will dive deep into understanding what VBHC is and how health authorities and industry can contribute to making it happen. Why should health systems and organisations drive the value-based revolution, and what should they do to make it a reality? From framing the agenda to steering the cultural shift, attendees will be made part of the journey toward VBHC.


14.00-15.30 SESSION 1 - The big picture: making your health system/organisation valuable
VBHC has been conceptualised by Porter and Teisberg back in 2007, and since then has gained momentum in Europe. Yet, the original model was limited in scope, as shifting a whole health system/organisation toward value-based foundations requires a comprehensive effort that includes several further areas, such as procurement, human resources policies, funding, innovation, and more. In this first session, we will frame how health systems and organisations can develop an effective strategy to pursue their own trajectory toward value. There will be a 15-minute intervention by Elke Grooten, where she will share her viewpoint on VBHC from the perspective of the business environment.
15.30-15.45 Coffee break
15.45-16.45 SESSION 2 - Value generation on the 'shop floor'
How can we begin the shift toward a value-based organisation? Is there a step-by-step guide that can be adopted? How can we create a culture and incentives that make the organisation and people more value-driven? Lessons and reflections from real-life experiences will be shared and discussed in this session.
16.45-17.00 Coffee break
17.00-18.00 SESSION 3 - How to implement the VBHC revolution: a practical approach
In this last session, we will be joined by a guest speaker who will present examples of how to implement value-based healthcare. Riikka-Leena Leskelä, PhD, will provide participants with some practical tools or examples for implementing VBHC in their organisation.

Who should attend

The workshop has been designed for all protagonists of the management and transformation of health systems. Expected participants are:

  • health managers and leaders;
  • clinical care professionals;
  • nursing managers of all levels of hospital structure;
  • policy- and decision-makers;
  • industry representatives;
  • anyone interested in learning what VBHC is and how health systems are now shifting toward it with an intent to move away from volume-driven care.

Each workshop has a closed attendance of 30 participants. Registrations will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis.


Prof Federico Lega, PhD, is a Full Professor of Health Administration at the Public Health Department at Milan University, where he runs all courses in healthcare management and policy for medical students and leads the Research Centre in Health Administration (HEAD).

He is also a Professor at SDA Bocconi School of Management (SDA) where he teaches courses in Public Management and Health Services Management. He leads the research in strategy and organisational development in healthcare at the Bocconi Research Center on Health Policy and Management (CERGAS). From 2007 to 2014 he has been the Head of executive education for health managers, clinicians and medical industry leaders at the Bocconi School of Management (SDA).

Since 2015, he is acting as Editor in Chief of the journal Health Services Management Research, Associate Editor of BMC Health Services Research and Medical Care Research Review. He has published eight books and over 150 articles in journals.

As a consultant, he has advised health systems on health policy matters and governance issues, several hospitals and networks in re-organisations, strategy-making processes, value-based approaches, economic evaluations, and process management, both at the national and international level.

In the last ten years, he has advised several companies in the medical industry on their transformation toward value-based models and on the development of effective market-access initiatives. Since 2002 he has coordinated over fifteen initiatives of duality or study tours, involving the exchange of managers and senior clinicians between countries (Italy, UK, USA, Germany and France). He currently sits on the boards of hospitals and local health authorities, advises health departments of regions, national health agencies and insurances, and works as a consultant for WHO.


Elke GrootenAs Head of EU Relations, Elke Grooten leads the representation of the Novartis group towards EU institutions and other stakeholders in Brussels. She heads the Brussels office. Most recently, Elke was Senior Director of Public Affairs Europe at Novartis Corporate Affairs in Basel, responsible for strategic political projects and capability building in Europe and providing PA expertise to country affiliates in Western Europe, Nordics and Central Eastern Europe. Elke joined Novartis in 2002 and held several leadership positions in Market Access, Pharmaceutical Affairs, Business Development and Public Affairs at Sandoz Belgium and Europe. Elke is an industrial pharmacist and worked before as a quality assessor at the Belgian medicines agency and as director of pharmaceutical policy at Medicines for Europe. Elke lives in Brussels with her husband and is passionate about music, culture and travelling.


Riikka-Leena LeskelaPhD (tech.) Riikka-Leena Leskelä has a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Aalto University. She has led or participated in about 200 development or research projects concerning social and healthcare, including RWE studies, development and modelling of processes and performance metrics (cost, quality and outcomes) for processes and healthcare systems, care management, demand and supply analysis, health economic analysis and cost of illness studies, strategic analysis and business plans, KPIs and benchmarking. She has worked with all the major hospitals in Finland as well as with major cities and municipalities and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.



May 10
14:00 - 18:00
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