Editorial

Since its creation in 1972, the objective and main mission of the European Association of HospitalManagers has been to be at the leading edge of evolutions in the European hospital sector and to encourage exchanges among member states. It is in this way that, following on fromtechnological andmanagerial developments, as well as further to the hospital reforms carried out in the various European countries,...

News

2nd EAHM Psychiatry Symposium in Berlin On March 27 and 28 the Working Party on Psychiatry of the European Association of Hospital Managers had invited European managers and professionals of psychiatric care to join them on the banks of the Spree in Berlin, in order to attend the second crossborder psychiatry symposium entitled “How toreinforcetheefficiencyofmental healthcare?”   The organisation...

Ministers Agree on Working Time Directive The latest Slovenian Presidency can be proud of its success in finding an agreement within theMinisters Council after three years of debate on the reformof the working time directive.   Under the newly found deal, workers are limited to a weeklymaximumof 48 hours, but the social partners are allowed to find ‘flexible arrangements’ if granted approval by...

Towards a Real European EHealth Area European Union governments have set themselves a triple target as they try to promote the use of the latest technological developments to help tackle the health challenges in the years ahead.   Firstly, they are looking to make greater use of telemedicine and innovative information and communication technology (ICT) in planning for chronic disease management....

France Commission Report on Hospital Missions In April, Gérard Larcher and the 22 other members of the commission appointed by the President turned in their final report. Their work started six months before and their task revolved around a formulation of hospital missions. 16 proposals have been articulated in order to better organise hospitals and energise public hospitals.   The commission...

Support Technology

Digital production of medical data in almost all medical institutionsis increasing exponentially (Geneva UniversityHospitals’ radiology produced on average 12,000 images per day in 2004, 40,000 in 2006, and over 70,000 in 2007). These data are an integral part of aiding diagnosis and treatment planning.   At the same time as data production is increasing, the v

Krista Logan is walking on air these days. She works for Medbuy Corporation, a Canadian group purchasing group, and organising Request for Proposal (sent by vendors/suppliers whomight be interested in submitting a bid for the contracted item) bids is a big part of her job as Senior ProgramManager. The RPF process used to be verymanual and time-consuming, but Logan recently created a report summarising...

When speaking about eBusiness as applied to the healthcaremarket two questions arise immediately. Firstly,what is eBusiness? Secondly, why is eBusiness inHealthcare different fromeBusiness in other sectors?   Answers should be given to these two questions against the economic, technical and patient care related background of the topic. It includes the perspective of the healthcare providers and that...

Business Models

Competitive pressures in the health sector are encouraging the formation of larger companies, some of which are internationally active. The integration of previously independent entities is a significant challenge, particularly where there are different corporate cultures.   Surveys have consistently shown that around 50% of mergers and acquisitions fail, often because so-called “soft facts“. These...

One third of hospitals operating ataloss”.Thus ran the headline of a recent news item by the German Press Agency. The 2007 GermanHospitalBarometer survey of German hospitals has again highlighted that hospitals continue to wrestle with economic problems.   However, closer scrutiny of the economic situation reveals amore complex picture. According to the study cited above, 44.5% of the hospitals...

In the changing European healthcare landscape, organisations are redefining their strategies and businessmodels. Nine trends are common in this transition, and these should be taken into account when organizations align their business models to their new strategies on thecost-quality frontier. Privatisation can be used to fuel this evolution.   The Changing Healthcare Landscape Requires New Business...

Medtech

Operating rooms – ORs - show deficits in a wide range of areas. As a workplace, they do not meet today’s ergonomic standards. In economic terms, they offer potential to exploit substantial additional resources. Moreover, interaction between the different medical-technical centres, facilities management and work processes could be improved.   The experimental OR at the University Hospital Tübingen...

Country Focus: France

Social Protection System The social protection system created in 1945 aimed primarily at workers and their families. The expansion of health insurance coverage was implemented in stages during the 1960s. The Universal Health Coverage Act (CMU) concluded this process in 1999 by establishing universal health coverage.   Today, three main health insurance schemes are dominant: the general scheme for...

The French Association of Managers of Healthcare, social and medical-social Institutions AFRADESS (As - sociation française des Directeurs d’Etablissements sanitaires et sociaux) is a non-profit association open to managers and executive managers active in the private non-profit sector of healthcare (hospitals, clinics, etc), social care (emergency drop-in centres, legal placement centres, etc.) and...

The National union of hospital managerial staff (SNCH for Syndicat national des Cadres hospitaliers) is an organisation which exclusively represents managerial staff working in hospitals.   The SNCH was founded in 1947 by financial directors. Gradually, it started accepting all hospital ma - nagerial staff. It now covers administrative and technical staff, as well as doctors and nurses.   The

The ADH (Association des Di rec teurs d’Hôpitaux) is constantly questioning the various ways of go ver - ning, sketching out healthcare “leadership skills”, developing hospital exe cutives’ proficiency, supporting adjustment to ongoing reforms…   Through education programs, collective thinking, professional and institutional partnership, ADH is committed to guiding hospital directors in challenging...

French

Visions Communes Depuis sa création en 1972, l’Association Européenne des Directeurs d’Hôpitaux a eu pour objectif et pour mission centrale d’être à lapointe des évolutions du monde hospitalier européen et de favoriser les échanges entre les pays membres. C’est ainsi qu’au gré des evolutions technologiques, managériales, mais aussi des réformes hospitalières conduites dans les différents pays du...

2 eme Symposium De Psychiatrie a Berlin Les 27 et 28 mars derniers, c’est sur les rives de la rivière Spree à Berlin que la Commission « Psychiatrie » de l’Association Européenne des Directeurs d’Hôpitaux (AEDH) avait invite les managers et les professionnels euro - péens de la prise en charge psychiatrique à assister au 2 ème symposium transfronta lier de psychiatrie intitulé « Comment renforcer...

Gestion des Données Médicales Multimédias Par Henning Müller, David Bandon et Antoine Geissbuhler La production digitale de données médicales augmente de façon exponentielle dans presque tous les établissements de santé. Ces données font partie intégrante de l’aide au diagnostic et de la planification thérapeutique.   Le dossier patient électronique devient progressivement un dossier patient mu...

German

Gemeinsame Visinon Seit ihrer Gründung in 1972 hat die Europäische Vereinigung der Krankenhausdirektoren (EVKD) das Ziel gehabt, an der Spitze der Entwicklungen im europäischen Krankenhausbereich zu sein und den Austausch zwischen den Mitglieds - ländern zu fördern. In diesem Sinne hat die EVKD während der technologischen Entwicklungen, den Ent wicklungen im Management aber auch bei ver - schie denen...

EVKD Psychiatrie Symposium in Berlin Am 27./28. März hat die Arbeitsgruppe Psychiatrie der Europäischen Vereinigung der Krankenhausdirektoren Manager aus der Psychiatrieversorgung nach Berlin einge laden, um das zweite grenzüberschreitende Sym - posium „Wie die Effizienz der Psychiatrie gesteigert wird” abzuhalten.   Die Organisation des Treffens im schönen Hotel Maritim war einem gut bekannten...

Das Potential des eBusiness für Gesundheitsdienste Von Ursula Hübner Das Wechseln von Papier- zu elektronischen Prozessen birgt ungeahnte Möglichkeiten, aber auch die Notwendigkeit, Strukturen und Prozesse neu zu überdenken. Im Gegensatz zum Wachstum des Internet haben Gesundheitsdienstleister und Hersteller im Gesundheitsbereich eine eher pragmatische und realistische Einstellung zum eBusiness....


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