Editorial

As I write these lines, many are worried about the cohesion of Europe. Several European summits were necessary to arrange for the long-term support of a few Member States. However, even if these measures taken by the Ministers of the European Council were to be efficiently implemented, Member States should nevertheless prepare for more turbulence ahead. Drastic cost-cutting packages are announced in...

News

WP-IT Managers Kicks Off with CEO Seminars in Vienna and VilniusThe Working Party IT-Managers (WP-ITM) has set the first steps in bringing CEOs and IT as well as CIOs and management closer together. The approach taken by the WP-ITM is a direct result of the reflection process held last year within the EAHM. The first regional seminars for CEOs in Vienna, Austria and in Vilnius, Lithuania have taken...

Leading Change in Challenging Times The Health Management Institute of Ireland (HMI) Held Their Inaugural Annual Conference in Dublin on 3 October 2011.Held in the historic location of Farmleigh House (former residence of the Guinness family) in Phoenix Park, the one-day conference was opened by Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly. The Minister stressed that regardless...

ECDC Director Speaks on Reinforcing Trust, Key Role of Doctors, Healthcare Workers to Reach EU Vaccination Goals "The role of doctors and healthcare workers in direct contact with parents and children is paramount," said ECDC Director Dr. Marc Sprenger at the World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany. Speaking at a panel on 'Bridging Health Gaps with Vaccines', Dr. Sprenger...

The EU’s War on Drugs Author:Rory WatsonEuropean authorities are gaining new weapons in their fight against counterfeit medicines and new synthetic drugs. At the end of October, the world's first international treaty to make dealing in counterfeit medicines and devices a criminal offence was opened for signature. A few days earlier, the European Commission announced it...

Leadership

Author:Sue Hodgetts Chief ExecutiveInstitute of Healthcare [email protected] Top Hospital Award (www.chks.co.uk) bases its criteria on five categories: Quality and change; safety; leadership; organisational culture; and external Influence. And although leadership is a separate category and specifies strong stable continuity of the CEO; distributed leadership model; empowered clinical...

Author:Dr. Amanda GoodallSenior Research AssociateIZA Institute for the Study of Labor. The question of whether hospitals are better run by doctors or non-medically trained managers has been hotly debated for a number of years. Amanda Goodall makes a start at trying to address this issue. She identifies the most highly-ranked hospitals in the US in three specialist fields, and asks who are the CEOs?...

Authors:Prof. Dr. Fredmund Malik, Dr. Johannes FleckerImagine an operating room with surgeons and scrub nurses operating on a patient. Imagine they all had a different understanding of the word 'surgery'. Imagine they were unsure about their tasks, competencies, and responsibilities. Imagine they would evaluate their performance by the duration of the operation rather than by the outcome. Imagine they...

Matrix

Efficiency is typically defined within the restricted terms of time and money savings, even if time is often ultimately translated into its financial value. While it is certainly true that, in the current economic climate, health services are called upon to provide a more economically efficient service, I ask whether we need a broader definition of efficiency in the context of the operating room (OR),...

Considering the gradual outsourcing of technical-administrative services to support the "core" services of health facilities, ANMDO, the National Association of Hospital Department Physicians and CERMET, a certification institute with extensive experience in the health sector, have developed a standard for good environment and health facility cleaning and sanitisation practices, complete with an adequate...

An increase in expenses has led to the introduction of rationalisation in healthcare. With this comes the emergence of business operation analytics of each entity with a view to improve the business operations with unaltered quality of work. A hospital-based clinical laboratory is part of the healthcare system, but it can also be viewed as an independent unit. The goal of the clinical laboratory as...

Medtech

St. Orsola- Malpighi PolyclinicThe new Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) of the University Hospital Authority St. Orsola-Malpighi Polyclinic was inaugurated in September 2010. The CSSD collects functions of diagnosis and treatment of high technological impact, such as emergency room, diagnostic imaging, operating blocks and intensive care. The intervention was executed by a service contract...

If you are a hospital executive or department manager, you know the "joys" of annual budgeting and capital planning. With the rapid advancement of healthcare technologies, people are seeing this yearly task morph into an even more complex maze of unknowns and endless requests for big-ticket items. That is why healthcare systems are adopting Capital Equipment Strategic Plans (CESP). Such plans provide...

Interview

Capital Stock and InvestmentsIn 2009 there were 754 general hospitals in Poland. The vast majority (526 or 70%) were public, and the rest (228) were private, representing 90.2% and 9.8% of general hospital beds. In the same year, there were 52 psychiatric hospitals.There are substantial differences in the proportion of public and private hospitals between regions. Voivodeships with the highest proportions...

The association is a non-governmental organisation gathering directors of hospitals and other institutions in healthcare. The organisation is funded through membership fees, extra-budgetary centres and donations. An exchange of experiences and information is one of main tasks of the association in order to provide modern and effective functioning and management of healthcare in Poland. The PAHD achieves...

Patient organisations are quite unique as they take strength and courage to build. There are almost 5000 of them registered in Poland (around 40,000 in Europe). Patient organisations should work as a collective, bringing together the various views and priorities of its members. It takes time to integrate all organisations and maintain the coordination, but when it works, the result is a powerful voice.The...

Non-Communicable chronic diseases are a hot topic at the minute. The WHO has developed international programmes and prepared and adopted a resolution during the 64 UN General Assembly. For this reason, chronic non-communicable diseases have become the main health theme of the Polish presidency of the Council of the European Union. The two priorities are: Alignment of differences in the health of EU...

The Healthcare Forum is a discussion on the current and future situation in healthcare. Politicians, experts, doctors and industry representatives have the opportunity to discuss current problems in healthcare and possible solutions for the benefit of patients."How much State in Healthcare?" was the motto of this year's Healthcare Forum. The role of the state and the market in the healthcare system...

French

Une Solidarité Plus Que Jamais Nécessaire Au moment où j'écris ces lignes, beaucoup expriment leurs craintes pour la cohésion de l'Europe. Plusieurs sommets européens ont été nécessaires pour soutenir dans le long terme certains États membres. Même si les mesures prises par le Conseil des ministres de l'Union européenne sont mises en oeuvre de façon efficace, il n'est pas...

LA « WP-IT Managers » Débute À Vienne Et À Vilnius Avec Des Séminaires Destinés Aux DirecteursLe « Working Party IT-Managers » (WPITM) a permis le rapprochement des directeurs, des gestionnaires et des responsables informatiques. L'approche qu'elle a adoptée est l'aboutissement direct du processus de réflexion tenu l'année dernière au sein de l'AEDH. Ces premiers séminaires régionaux destinés aux...

Un Leadership Efficace est La clé d’une Gestion Hospitalière RéussiePar Sue Hodgetts Les trois principes fondamentaux du leadership sont qu'il est contextuel, non hiérarchique et relationnel. D'un premier abord, on s'aperçoit que le leadership est situationnel, c'est à dire que les décisions seront prises en fonction de la situation. Au sein même des situations, c'est le...

German

Solidarität- Nötiger Denn Je …Während ich diese Zeilen schreibe, bangen viele um den Zusammenhalt Europas. Mehrere europäische Gipfeltreffen waren nötig, um einige Mitgliedsstaaten langfristig zu stützen. Selbst wenn die vom EUMinisterrat getroffenen Maßnahmen auch effizient umgesetzt werden, bleiben den Mitgliedsstaaten weitere Turbulenzen möglicherweise nicht erspart. Drastische Sparpakete sind...

Die ersten Schritte sind gemacht: Working Party IT-Manager (WP-ITM) bringen Geschäftsführung und IT sowie CIO und Management näher aneinander. Der von WPITM gewählte Ansatz ist direkt auf den im letzten Jahr innerhalb der EVKD durchgeführten Reflexionsprozess zurückzuführen. Die ersten regionalen Seminare für CEOs in Wien und im lithauischen Vilnius waren von großem Erfolg gekrönt. Im Rahmen...

Effiziente Führerschaft: Der Schlüssel Zum Erfolgreichen Krankenhaus-Management Von Sue Hodgetts Es gibt drei Grundsätze der Führerschaft: Sie muss situationsbezogen, nicht-hierarchisch und relational sein. Der gesunde Menschenverstand sagt einem schon, dass Führerschaft situationsbezogen ist: Die jeweilige Situation beeinflusst die Art der Führerschaft. Das Begreifen der...


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