EHMA SIG – Integrated Care

EHMA has established a Special Interest Group on Integrated Care to help facilitate knowledge exchange and promote shared learning amongst health care professionals and researchers in the field. The SIG is led by Dr Axel Kaehne, Reader in Health Services Research at Edge Hill University, and it is open to EHMA organisational and individual members.

In line with EHMA’s wider objectives, the SIG is focused on two broad themes of integrated care: the implementation of integrated care in health and social care provision; and the evaluation of integrated care programmes.

  1. Implementation of integrated care is of particular interest to commissioners, care planners and service designers who need to bring services together to create seamless provision for patients and users.
  2. Evaluations of integrated care have specific importance for researchers and programme managers as they identify lessons for everyone, facilitate shared learning across programmes and countries and develop appropriate methodologies generating findings that support evidence based practice.

Within these broad themes, the SIG will:

  • Provide a forum to exchange experiences and knowledge of integration programmes amongst health care professionals and researchers;
  • Provide a platform for shared learning amongst health care professionals;
  • Support the development of local and regional consortia to facilitate integration efforts and their evaluation.

The SIG will operate as a virtual group throughout the year allowing members to stay in touch through an internet portal at the EHMA website [available soon]. The SIG will have an Annual General Meeting at the EHMA Annual Conference where its members decide issues about the strategy of the group as well as its future remit and activities.

To know more about the SIG, please contact us.

In December 2021, EGIDE, the Expert Group for integrated Care and
Digital Health Europe
, has launched a paper ‘The European Health Data Space: A step towards digital and integrated care systems’.

The paper aims to represent the views of the chronic disease community. It provides a unique combination of perspectives from academia, healthcare professionals, patients and industry. The authors acknowledge too many patients across Europe are experiencing fragmented and delayed care. COVID-19 has highlighted the weaknesses of our healthcare systems and the need for rapid transformation. The European Health Data Space can act as a catalyst for change in several important areas.