EHMA 2022 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
15-17 June 2022 – Brussels, Belgium
In collaboration with the Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy, the European Health Management Association (EHMA) will be hosting its 27th Annual Conference on 15-17 June 2022 for the first time in Brussels, Belgium. The conference title ‘From people to systems: leadership for a sustainable future’ will explore challenges and solutions for creating sustainable health systems and ways health managers can lead towards them.
One of EHMA’s main areas of work has been maintaining a dialogue between researchers, policymakers, health managers and professionals, thereby facilitating evidence-based policy refinement and change. The EHMA 2022 Annual Conference is a unique occasion for health managers, researchers, and professionals to have their voices heard, connect with decision-makers, and collectively inform policymaking at the European level.
Join us at our EHMA Annual Conference in 2022!
As our health systems are straining to cope with the COVID 19 pandemic, nothing is more important than to learn from each other about how we can most effectively respond to the challenges of today and tomorrow. The EHMA conference is a unique place to exchange knowledge, learn about new innovative ways of managing and organising health care services and advance our understanding of how to lead health systems in times of constant change and profound transformation.
Over the years, the EHMA conference has always been the place to share cutting edge research, innovation and experiences in health management, be that in community health, acute hospital providers or in allied health care services. The EHMA Annual Conference remains the perfect place to get in touch with your European and international colleagues discussing the latest developments in various conference tracks such as Governance and Leadership, finance and economics, management and operations as well as policy and health care regulation. We look forward to seeing you there!Axel Kaehne, President of the EHMA Board
EHMA 2022 CONFERENCE STRUCTURE
From people to systems: leadership for a sustainable future
The conference is structured around four tracks that reflect the holistic practice of health management, and frame the lenses through which contemporary topics are analysed and discussed at the conference. The tracks are: Governance and Leadership; Management, Operations and Practice; Finance and Economics, and; Policy and Regulations.
Five optional topics have been chosen to help steer the focus, they include: People-centred systems; Managing the digital transformation; Workforce of the future; Shaping sustainable systems, and; Improving healthcare access, delivery and outcomes.
EHMA CONFERENCE TRACKS
Governance & leadership
Governance is the framework/approach through which health systems and organisations set and oversee clear strategic goals to ensure the quality and safety of patient care, performance of services, as well as compliance with laws, regulations, and ethical responsibilities.
Effective governance is essential to achieve objectives, drive improvement, and deliver the valued outcomes for citizens and patients. Governance is complex and evolving and a universal common framework or simple concept of health systems governance does not yet exist.
Leadership is a key principle of governance and must be embedded within governance systems to ensure that systems and organisations are led to accomplish their objectives and meet their strategic goals.
This track would include abstracts that:
- analyse leadership theories, styles, approaches, knowledge, and skills required to meet the needs of health systems
- transfer theoretical perspectives to shape the development of a strategic focus
- focus on performance management, quality assurance, and patient safety are forward looking and anticipate future trends in health management and health systems
- explore the concepts of clinical and business governance
- discuss legal aspects and ethics of health services and systems
- evaluate the factors that impact the role of leaders within health and social care
Management, operations, and practice
This track focuses on the operations of organisations and systems. It pays attention to the efforts involves in the planning, organising, staffing, monitoring, directing, and decision-making processes of health services and systems to ensure the effective, efficient, and equitable use of resources. The abstracts to be considered within this track include, but are not limited to those that:
- share insights from evidence-based research that translate management knowledge into practice
- contribute to better practice by sharing scalable and innovative models/solutions or improved processes
- identify key lessons based on rigorous analysis of existing practices and models
- provide case studies focusing on implementation of management models
Finance and economics
This track examines business planning and refers to how resources are raised, pooled, allocated or spent to ensure that people have access to health services of good quality without financial hardship. This includes issues related to efficiency, effectiveness, value and behaviour in the production and consumption of health and healthcare. This track would include abstracts that
- articulate the drivers of spending and the factors impacting total spending and value
- focus on the financial and economic concepts of health management, such as payment systems and models, budget modelling, investment decisions, health spending/costs
- address challenges in economic evaluation and decision models by highlighting best practices
- present the financial challenges and solutions to the current and future needs, such as the use of technology
- support in setting priorities in national, regional, or organisational contexts towards the best use of resources.
Policy and regulations
Beyond organisations, policy decisions made at the local, regional, national, and European level have an important impact on health systems, care, and practitioners. Policy mechanisms (e.g., regulation, financial, quality, and technical) can incentivise or hinder the adoption of innovative solutions to improve health outcomes. This track focuses on the development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of policies/regulations affecting health management at the organisational, local, regional, national, and European levels. Abstracts submitted within this track would include those that:
- analyse relevant policy aspects of challenges in health management
- provide insight on public health challenges, paradigm shifts and health reforms
- share evidence and information on policy issues and possible solutions
- link health management and public health policies with practice
- discuss the involvement and impact of national policymakers, the European Union, as well as internal organisations on health systems
EHMA 2022 TOPICS
Patient-centricity has been a key topic within health systems, giving way to bringing in patients in the decision-making, planning, development, and monitoring of their care. Moving beyond patients and their conditions within the health care setting, people-centredness extends the concept to individuals, families, communities, and society and focus on population empowerment, as well as social services and broader health determinants.
This topic includes different models and processes to ensure that people are the priority when discussing value, developing new technologies, and analysing integrated care needs. Some questions to be answered are how to manage the paradigm shift to people-centred care and balance evidence-based healthcare management and patient preferences.
Managing the digital transformation
Digital health and the digital transformation of health systems have been a priority topic for European health systems, which have moved even higher on policy agendas during the pandemic. One of the lessons learnt through the increased adoption of digital innovation is that although technology is essential, it is people that drive change.
Digital tools should connect and serve patients and professionals without losing sight of the social and human element of medicine. How can health systems ensure the effective adoption of digital innovation such as Artificial Intelligence and robotics? What is the impact of new technologies on population health and expenses? How can health systems build trust in digital innovation?
Workforce of the future
Future health systems depend on people and investing in the future of health systems means to invest in the health workforce of the future. As societal and technical evolution occur, the health workforce must rapidly change and adapt to safeguard patient and their wellbeing, as well as their professional existence. Healthcare is provided by people to people but sometimes healthcare workers are left with the hopeless feeling that they are ‘working together alone.
What are the needs of the health workforce? What are the key areas to invest in to support the health workforce? How will their upskilling, reskilling, and skill-mixing needs change? How do we address challenges relating to shortage and mobility of professionals? How can health managers support professional collaborations and relationships?
Shaping sustainable systems
To be sustainable European health systems need to adopt a wide understanding of sustainability considering economic, environmental, and social aspects. Sustainable health systems ensure the provision of appropriate and adequate care to patients, the affordability for payers (whether it is patients, families, employers, or governments), the adaptability to change, as well as the lowering the negative impact of health systems on the environment.
How can health systems participate towards achieving the sustainable development goals? Which strategies, processes, solutions can health systems and managers implement to ensure the sustainability of health systems? Including their resilience; emergency/pandemic preparedness; as well as health crisis management and prevention.
Improving healthcare access, delivery, and outcomes
Many subgroups of the population face inequalities and considerable barriers that impede access to healthcare resources and services, and affect their health and wellbeing. There is a need for health systems to address the social determinants of health and disparities.
How can health systems ensure equitable access to health services, and achieve the delivery of better quality of care and better health outcomes? What are the new developments in models of healthcare delivery?
BE PART OF EHMA 2022!
What can you expect?
- Be part of the preeminent conference on health management, contribute to improving healthcare delivery and achieving excellence in health management.
- An engaging conference that combines scientific presentations, keynotes, workshops and interactive discussions.
- Networking opportunities with a variety of stakeholders to identify, discuss and address current and future needs of health management in Europe and worldwide.
- 400+ representatives of the healthcare ecosystem including academia, research, health managers, healthcare professionals, decision- and policy-makers.
- The opportunity to showcase your work and research, highlighting best practices and sharing innovative ideas on health management with leading experts in the field.
Every year I am excited about The EHMA conference, the biggest candy shop you can imagine! Difficult to choose out of so many interesting and inspiring presentations and discussions with stakeholders involved in health management all over the world. A great experience!Dr Elly Breedveld, Director, Stichting Perspekt, The Netherlands
What I love about the EHMA Annual Conference is how it finds the balance between the strategic and the practical. The Conference identifies and brings to the table the most relevant policy topics with content that is engaging for practitioners as well.Dr Josep Figueras, Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
I attended EHMA conferences for the past 10 years and I have always been hugely satisfied with the well-organised, interactive and friendly scientific and social programmes. Every EHMA conference provides all delegates with opportunities to engage in discussions on relevant and timely topics with different stakeholders in healthcare management. I highly reccomend it!Dr Sandra Buttigieg, Professor of Health Services Management, University of Malta
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