Health management: sustainable solutions for complex systems

23 November 2022

The European Health Management Association (EHMA) will host our 28th Annual Conference on 5 -7 June 2023 in Rome, Italy, in partnership with ALTEMS, Advanced School of Health Economics and Management, Faculty of Economics, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome.

The conference theme ‘Health management: sustainable solutions for complex systems’ will provide health managers with a high-level forum to share evidence and best practices to excel in health systems amidst the current ‘permacrisis’.

Three years of the COVID pandemic have exposed gaps and vulnerabilities in European health systems that are pushing healthcare professionals to a breaking point. As health systems manage burdens from inflation, war, and climate change, the importance of sustainable solutions for health system viability requires deeper analysis. How can health systems adapt and evolve to the changing needs of the population and environment when the path is undefined?

“The EHMA Conference is the preeminent place for today’s and tomorrow’s health leaders and managers to share experiences, skills and competencies. Every year we bring together experts from across Europe and the world to discuss solutions to the future of health management. With a rich and diverse programme, the conference offers a unique opportunity to find answers to some of the most difficult problems in leading and managing the health systems.”
Prof Sandra C. Buttigieg, President, EHMA Board

Sustainable solutions and strategic thinking continue to be required to drive the transformation of health systems. For health managers, the EHMA conference provides access to a community of experienced leaders delivering sustainable change for the provision of high-quality healthcare.

“ALTEMS recognise that the challenges that European health systems are facing can only be overcome with innovative approaches, out-of-the-box thinking, and multistakeholder involvement. We are proud to co-host the EHMA Conference, which provides a highly accessible and well-established platform where people can debate and engage in issues that affect them, where they feel they can advocate for change, and find solutions.”
Prof Americo Cicchetti, Director of ALTEMS, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

The EHMA 2023 Annual Conference will be the occasion for health managers, policymakers, and professionals to access high-calibre research, tools and evidence from renowned researchers, academics and professionals to navigate the extended period of instability and insecurity being experienced by our health systems.



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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