As President of the European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM), I am delighted to extend an invitation to all of my European colleagues to the 27th Congress that will place in Cascais, Lisbon on 26th – 28th September 2018. The theme of the Congress will be ‘Innovating Public Health’. This will no doubt attract interesting discussions and debates.
As the EU comes out the other side of a global recession, and while the fallout of Brexit remains uncertain, Hospital Managers will continue to be in the front-line in terms of endeavouring to balance supply and demand. This dynamic, for the foreseeable future, will continue to present challenges. Balancing the service demands against available resources is a key function of management.
The theme ‘Innovating Public Health’ will explore the possibility of integrating innovation and technology to positively change how we can deliver our services and define the role of hospitals into the future. Aligned with the theme of the event, the following key topics will be discussed: People centredness; Integration of care; Innovative provision models; Financial sustainability; and Population Health.
Healthcare is one the most exciting and innovative industries of the XXI century, and hospitals are the most complex and sophisticated organizations ever developed.
During the last decade, we have been more and more concentrated on responding to people’s expectations, adopting new technologies, obtaining internal efficiencies and assuring financial sustainability. At some point, improving the health of the population that we serve have been put on the second plan. Moreover, even though the high level of sophistication that we achieved, our processes are organized as they were more than 50 years ago. Our model of business is more and more seen as unreliable, unsafe and prone to error.
Bear in mind, the challenges that we face as an industry (for example, the demographic shift, the pace of technological innovation, the changing user and consumer expectations, and the growing financial pressure) cannot be answered solely by us, and we absolutely need to engage other health and social care network partners to overcome them. Hospitals need to redefine their role by promoting new innovative public health strategies.