Editorial

Our societies in Europe are facing great challenges. The financial and economic crisis, climate change and demographic change are all high on our agenda. Demographic changes have repercussions for health supply and in particular, hospitals. It is nice that we are living longer but this leads to increased responsibility to make sure this can be coped with sociopolitically. Older people have always depended...

News

We are pleased to announce the 23rd European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM) Congress, during which we will address the topic 'Roadmap to Top Quality'.On the first day of the Congress, we will be presenting service providers, hospital managers, politicians and other healthcare exponents who will be giving their views on the topic of quality and quality improvement. You will have the opportunity...

Belgium EIB Grant for Health Sciences Campus Gasthuisberg The European Investment Bank (EIB) will grant 325 million euro to K.U. Leuven and UZ Leuven for the construction and completion of the “Health Sciences Campus Gasthuisberg”, a first-class medical and university centre providing acute care, education and research in a single location, “Gasthuisberg” in Leuven. The EIB decided to support the...

EU Presidency and Ministers Provide Direction for E-Health Recognising the efforts that brought EU policy on e-health to the present, EU Ministers and the Spanish Presidency have recommended a plan for the future.   In the Ministerial Declaration of European Cooperation on ehealth, a detailed framework was set forth in order to achieve the overall objective of enhancing quality and sustainability...

Legislation: Working Times and Late Payments The European Commission is reopening the controversial debate on the future of working time across Europe and has begun to canvas the views of employers and employees on the changes that should be made to the present arrangements. The initiative will have direct implications for hospital managers as attention focuses on the maximum working week, the definition...

Training and Education

Writing in the 1970s, Peter Drucker, one of the most highly regarded pioneers of management stated, "Management is tasks. Management is a discipline. But management is also people." Indeed, management is both complicated and stressful, hospital management even more so. Hospital managers' decisions impact patients, meaning higher stakes and more responsibility. Instead of a typical market they rely...

Value Models

Politicians, healthcare managers, and systems designers need new instruments for managing the complexity of today's healthcare systems. One of the most promising instruments is a recent enterprise modelling technique called value models. A value model is a graphical representation of a network of cooperating actors that together create value through resource exchanges and transformations. Value models...

Matrix

Effects of Age and Work Environment on Hospitals Nurses in Belgium and Neighbouring CountriesIn recent years, all hospitals in Europe have suffered from nurse shortages. It is widely agreed that there are two main reasons for this: global demographic ageing and poor working conditions in the nursing profession. But what consequences do these factors have for work ability?The nursing workforce is affected...

Part one of this series in the last issue of (E)Hospital introduced the topic of concept mapping for healthcare organisations focusing on the theory behind the concept and underlining the importance of marketing. This second, and final part shows us examples of concept mapping in action.DME Based Concept Mapping Methodology: Coordinated Care ResearchThe Life Institute of Albany, New York, situated...

The best practices in hospital waste management start with procurement. If fewer disposable items are purchased, less total waste will need to be disposed. Better waste classification and careful segregation leads to less contaminated and mixed waste, and more recovered recyclables.A Solution for Waste ReductionThese simple facts describe the challenges hospital managers face. Delivering quality care...

Traditional hospital organisation, structured hierarchically along the lines of clinical specialties, generates duplicate costs and is not able to guarantee adequate answers to the different levels of patient needs . For this reason, the Italian government, both at national and regional level, contemplated the creation of clinical departments where hospital resources (beds, rooms, technologies and...

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are a constant battle for hospitals, often making the headlines. But how do these infections spread and what can be done to stop them? This article investigates the use of mapping tools for epidemiological investigation, which could allow for early warning and response for hospital infections.The Epidemiology of Hospital- Acquired InfectionsHospital-acquired infections...

Medtech

Utilising Computer Surveillance to Improve Workflow and OutcomesCOSARA (Computerised Surveillance and Alerting of nosocomial infections, Antimicrobial Resistance and Antibiotic consumption in the ICU) is a software application designed and developed for the registration and integration of infection-related data in the ICU patient. The application architecture consists of three different software modules:A...

Interview

Ireland is one of a small number of countries where the delivery of Health and Social care services comes under the auspices of one government department. The range of services delivered ranges from neurosurgery at one end of the spectrum to child and family welfare services on the other end. Services are usually categorised by acute care, primary care, continuing care and community care services -...

In order to improve cancer patient outcomes, which according to the National Cancer Registry data, are generally lower in Ireland than in the rest of Europe, Ireland recommended establishing the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP).The National Cancer Strategy "A Strategy for Cancer Control in Ireland, 2006", recommended establishing the NCCP with four cancer control networks, each with two centres...

French

Faire Face À L'adversité Grâce a La Formation Et À L'EducationNos sociétés européennes font actuellement face à de grands défis. La crise financière et économique, le changement climatique et les changements démographiques sont tous à l'ordre du jour. Les changements démographiques ont des r... Read more

Roadmap to Top Quality C'est avec grand plaisir que nous vous informons du 23e congrès de l'Association Européenne des Directeurs d'Hôpitaux (AEDH) ayant pour thème la « Roadmap to Top Quality ».   Lors de la première journée du congrès, des prestataires, directeurs d'hôpitaux, politiciens et autres exposants issus du domaine de la santé feront le point en matière de qualité et d'amélioration de...

La Formation Des Gestionnaires d'Hôpitaux Par Lee Campbell, Willy Heuschen La fonction de directeur d’hôpital est source de stress et comporte de grandes responsabilités. Mais quelles sont les qualifications et l'expérience requises pour pouvoir assumer ce rôle ? Nous avons demandé à nos correspondants et membres associés quelles exigences juridiques et pratiques sont en vigueur dans leur pays. D’après...

German

Im Angesicht Von Widrigkeiten Bei Aus- Und WeiterbildungHeinz Kölking Vizepräsident EVKDUnsere Gesellschaften in Europa stehen vor großen Herausforderungen. Die Finanz- und Wirtschaftskrise, die Veränderung des Weltklimas und die demografische Entwicklung in der Bevölkerung in Europa stehe... Read more

“Roadmap to Top Quality” 23. EVKD-Kongress in Zürich, 9. und 10. September 2010 Wir freuen uns, Ihnen den 23. Kongress der Europäischen Vereinigung der Krankenhaus-direktoren (EVKD) anzukündigen. „Roadmap to Top Quality“lautet das Thema.   Am ersten Kongresstag präsentieren Leistungs- erbringer, Krankenhausmanager,Politiker und weitere Exponenten aus dem Gesundheistwesen ihre Standpu

Aus- Und Weiterbildung Für Krankenhausmanager Von Lee Campbell, Willy Heuschen Der Posten eines Krankenhausmanagers bedeutet Macht, aber auch Stress. Doch welche Qualifikation und Erfahrung werden eigentlich benötigt, bevor man diese Stelle antritt? Wir befragten unsere Korrespondenten und außerordentliche Mitglieder über die rechtlichen und praktischen Voraussetzungen, die in ihren Ländern gelten....


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