POLICY AND REGULATIONS
Policy decisions made at all levels–from local and regional to national and European–impact health systems, care and practitioners. A comprehensive understanding of the current policy landscape and the mechanisms under consideration (e.g., regulational, financial, quality and technical) is important to gauge whether the potential uptake of innovative solutions will occur in health systems. It requires focusing on the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of policies and regulations that affect health management at all of the aforementioned levels.
Why we care
Within this context, engaging with key policymakers and networks across Europe allows us to:
- Contribute to long-term strategic thinking and policy development
- Influence political debates, and
- Raise the organisation’s policy priorities at the EU level
Furthermore, involvement in policymaking and networks paves the way for collaboration opportunities, by which EHMA may share insights and work outputs from projects and vice versa. This exchange of information promotes knowledge-building and alignment in efforts and expectations.
PREVENT – Improving and upscaling primary prevention of cancer by addressing childhood obesity through implementation research
PREVENT will identify barriers, survey successful practices, and develop legislative proposals to minimise cancer risk and promote healthier lifestyles among children and adolescents.View More
EPACT – The AlliancE for the digitalisation of hosPitAls medication management pathways
EPACT advocates for the implementation of digital medication management tools in hospitals’ medication management pathways to enhance patient safety and healthcare professionals’ well-being.View More
HEART – HEAlthier Cities through Blue-Green Regenerative Technologies
HEART aims to improve urban health and reduce health disparities through urban planning innovative solutions.View More
European Alliance for Value in Health
The vision of the European Alliance for Value in Health (EAVH) is to achieve health systems that are value-based, sustainable, and people-centred.View More
EU Health Coalition
The EU Health Coalition looks at mapping the future of healthcare in Europe so that it is people-centred, based on prevention, wellbeing, value and outcomes, and reducing health inequalities.View More
All Policies for Healthy Europe (AP4HE)
All Policies for a Healthy Europe (AP4HE) is an intersectoral initiative that aims to ensure that citizen’s health and well-being are a core priority for Europe and a strategic objective for the nex...View More
TO-REACH – Transferring innovation in health systems
TO-REACH provides the groundwork for a future joint research programme that will contribute to the resilience, effectiveness, equity, accessibility and comprehensiveness of health services and systems...View More
Mental Health Advocacy Platform
Mental Health Europe is committed to the promotion of positive mental health, prevention of mental distress, improvement of care, advocacy for social inclusion and the protection of the rights of (ex)...View More
EU4Health Civil Society Alliance
EU4Health is a civil society alliance focused on keeping health high on the EU policy agenda, while also advocating for meaningful participation of public interest civil society in initiatives of the ...View More
MULTI-ACT – A collective research impact framework and multi-variate models to foster the true engagement of actors and stakeholders in health research and innovation
MULTI-ACT creates and implements a new model that allows for the effective cooperation of all relevant stakeholders in health research for people with brain diseases.View More
IBenC – Identifying best practices for care-dependent elderly by benchmarking costs and outcomes of community care
iBenc identifies best practices in community care delivery for dependent elderly by benchmarking the cost-effectiveness of health care systems and taking into account the costs and quality of care, an...View More
HealthQuest – Quality in and equality of access to healthcare services
HealthQuest identifies barriers to accessing healthcare, particularly for vulnerable groups, and review policy initiatives for equitable access for all.View More
SHARE – Supporting and structuring Healthgrid Activities and Research in Europe: developing a roadmap
SHARE creates a roadmap for the technological developments necessary for a successful take-up of health grids.View More
HealthBASKET – Health benefits and service costs in Europe
HealthBASKET defines and compares available health services across the EU and develops methodologies to assess costs and prices of individual services.View More
Legally eHealth: a study on legal and regulatory aspects of eHealth
Legally eHealth is a study on legal and regulatory aspects of eHealth that address the need for greater legal certainty in Europe with respect to the practice of eHealth service delivery and the use o...View More
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