EHMA 2023 is our 28th Annual Conference. It will take place on 5 -7 June in Rome, Italy, and is organised in partnership with our member, ALTEMS, Advanced School of Health Economics and Management, Faculty of Economics, Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome.

Every year, the EHMA Conference brings together key healthcare stakeholders – health managers and leaders, healthcare professionals, hospital managers, researchers, academics and policymakers, offering them a unique setting to exchange knowledge and share best practices on ways to lead, manage and organise healthcare services in times of constant transformation, where the concept of ‘permacrisis’ has made a compelling entrance into our daily lives.

This year’s theme is Health management: sustainable solutions for complex systems. The last few years acted as an unprecedented catalyst to health systems’ transformation, adding a layer of complexity to health management. New topics emerged and old ones gained renovated importance in health management: the increasing use of technologies and AI; the need for workforce upskilling and reskilling; the One Health approach and the environmental impact of healthcare. Gathering experts from Europe and beyond, EHMA 2023 will be a platform to discuss today’s challenges; identify innovative, long-lasting approaches to overcome them; and lay the foundations for tomorrow’s resilience. The recognition of sustainable solutions is crucial to realise EHMA’s vision of excellent health management for a healthy Europe.

The Conference program is organised around five tracks that reflect the holistic practice of health management. Selected through the consultation with the EHMA Board, the Scientific Advisory Committee, and the wider membership, the tracks are:

  1. Governance, Leadership and Social Responsibility – This track examines how health systems and organisations set, implement, and oversee clear strategic goals and their impact towards society.
  2. Management, Operations and Practice – This track pays attention to the operations of organisations and systems, such as to ensure the proper use of resources.
  3. Human Capital, Professionalism and People Management – This track focuses on how human resources are managed to support the delivery of health services. This includes challenges relating to optimal planning, personnel shortages, the post-COVID ‘great resignation’, remunerations and incentives, and competence building.
  4. 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.
  5. Policy and Regulations – This track focuses on the development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of policies and regulations affecting health management at the organisational, local, regional, national, and European levels.

Additionally, to help steer the focus of the tracks, five topics were selected:

  1. ‘People-centred systems’ explores how to ensure that people – not only as patients – are the priority when discussing value, developing new technologies, and analysing integrated care needs.
  2. ‘Health technology and digital transformation’ looks at the effective adoption of digital innovation without losing sight of the social and human element of medicine.
  3. ‘Workforce of the future’ focuses on ensuring better planning, better working conditions, and better skills development in the health sector.  
  4. ‘Sustainable and resilient health systems’ discusses strategies, processes, and solutions that health managers and systems can implement to ensure sustainability and resilience, which encompass economic, environmental, and social aspects. 
  5. ‘Healthcare access, delivery, and outcomes’ looks at how health disparities can be addressed to deliver better quality of care and better health outcomes, especially in the context of the pandemic, the energy crisis and the war in Ukraine.

Your research, experience, and best practices are crucial to support the spread of knowledge on effective health management. Therefore, we invite you to join EHMA 2023 to meet peers, discuss complex problems, and identify implementable solutions together. Submit your abstract by Monday, 6 February 2023 at 11.00 CET.