Health managers and leaders: harnessing the power of digital technologies

2 September 2022

Overview

The series ‘Health Management in action: fostering health systemsresilience’ included ten episodes that presented best practices, case studies, practical examples and implementable solutions to improve health systems preparedness and rapid response to health threats.

Episode 1 – Health managers and leaders: harnessing the power of digital technologies

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digitalisation of healthcare. Digital technologies have a huge potential to support hospitals and health care facilities in making better decisions in many areas of operations, increasing productivity and fulfilling the growing need for workflow management. They also underly establishing safety policies and supervising maintenance programs to ensure the highest safety, health standards, as well as legal and ethical requirements. An essential component of using digital technologies to their maximum capacity is compliance with GDPR and data protection.

This webinar presented case studies from health managers using digital technologies to lead and manage facilities and from a company working with healthcare institutions as a service provider.

SPEAKERS

Dr Alexandre Lourenco
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Dr Alexandre Lourenco

Dr Alexandre Lourenco

Dr Alexandre Lourenco is hospital administrator at Coimbra Hospital and University Center and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the NOVA School of Public Health,  having performed public functions in various institutions of the Portuguese Ministry of Health. Consultant at the World Health Organization (WHO) in financing, health systems strengthening, and health services delivery. He is a NOVA SBE Health Economics and Management Knowledge Centre Associate Member.

He holds a Ph.D. in Management from NOVA School of Business & Economics, Lisbon. He is a Specialist in Hospital Administration (MHA), a postgraduate in Primary Health Care Management, and a Master in Health Management (MSc) from NOVA School of Public Health. Former President of the Portuguese Association of Hospital Administrators (2016-2022).

Mr Pedro Ramos
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Mr Pedro Ramos

Mr Pedro Ramos

Mr Pedro Ramos is Co-funder of Promptly Health. He is a Medical Doctor turned into entrepreneur scaling Real-World Data-oriented platforms to collect, integrate and analyse data on the outcomes of care.

Materials

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This webinar is co-funded by the EU4Health Programme of the European Union under Grant Agreement no. 101082904. Views and opinions are of the speakers and authors only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or HADEA. Neither the European Union nor HADEA can be held responsible for them.

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