Editorial

Willy Heuschen EAHM Secretary General Editor-in-Chief The annual conference of the European Public Health Alliance held during the Lithuanian EU presidency demonstrated that disparities in the physical health of the population of EU member states are ever more increasing. For instance, one statistic showed that restrictions in actively pursuing one’s way of life either due to disease or death...

News

2nd Joint European Hospital Conference After the success of last year’s first Joint European Hospital Conference, EAHM is again joining forces with the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE) and Association of European Hospital Physicians (AEMH) to hold a second conference.   The next Joint European Hospital Conference will take place on Friday November 22nd 2013 in Düsseldorf (Ge...

New Frontiers: Ensuring Success for the Irish Health Service The Health Management Institute of Ireland (HMI) held their annual conference in the Gresham hotel in Dublin. Over 200 delegates attended the informative event with the theme of “New Frontiers: Ensuring Success for the Irish Health Service”.   Derek Greene, President of HMI, opened the conference welcoming delegates and thanking the...

Can Non-Public Resources Relieve Europe's Cash-Strapped Health Budgets? US expert Prof. Richard B. Saltman offered an alternative, if not controversial, solution to European healthcare’s difficult financial situation at this year’s European Health Forum Gastein. Unconvinced that increased efficiency will be enough, Saltman suggested that a new social contract was needed in healthcare with more input...

Ultrasound in Breast Biopseas:Research Aims to Improve Cost-Effectiveness When performing breast biopsies doctors often need to combine MRI and ultrasound to obtain tissue samples with a fine needle, as around a third of tumours are invisible to ultrasound. Imaging takes place inside the MRI scanner, and the biopsy needle is inserted separately when the patient is outside the scanner. This process...

Impo

Authors: Willy Heuschen Secretary General/Editor-in-Chief EAHM Jos Vanlandyut Assistant to General Secretary EAHMThe hospital care environment is changing as our hospitals, under increased pressure and scrutiny, strive to maintain and improve quality of care with reduced budgets. For this reason the EAHM has been working hard to develop a new working model for the association to help shape...

Managing in Times of Crisis

Many people strongly believe that funding is the crucial factor for effectiveness. When the economy is weakened and the hospital budget reduced, what can a hospital manager do to continue to deliver better care? The 24th EAHM congress in Luxembourg will discuss these constraints and also the many challenges and opportunities our hospitals face today. We believe that a crisis may serve as a “wake-up...

Αuthors: Ugo Luigi Aparo Direttore Sanitario IDI-IRCCS Roma A Aparo Docente di Strategic Management La Sapienza Universita Roma Gianfranco FinziPresident ANMDO We are living in a very turbulent time: new, difficult, and often perceived as negative. To cope with it, we have to train ourselves to deal with the “resilience factor”. Medical Directors must be able to evolve from decision-making...

Driving Operational Improvement

Author: Peter Osborne LOC Consulting www.locconsulting.co.ukFollowing the introduction of the new NHS structures in 2013 in the UK, the NHS still needs to find additional cost savings, despite central health budgets being ring-fenced. This is a common situation across Europe. Peter Osborne believes that an integrated approach to data, which engages both commissioner and provider, could deliver...

There have been many publications focusing on how healthcare can learn from other industries, namely the aviation and manufacturing sectors but comparisons with the nuclear industry are not so common. Peter J. Provonost from John Hopkins University School of Medicine and Daniel W. Hudson from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission have changed this. In an edition of BMJ Quality and Safety Journal in...

Management

Authors: Julie Meldgaard Architect and EDAC-certified Stine Fausing Thomsen Designer and Nurse Pernille Weiss Terkildsen Nurse, M.Sc., MLI, EDAC-certified, ArchiMed www.archimed.dk The health service is currently undergoing a period of rapid expansion, placing challenging new demands on treatment, communication and architecture. This is particularly relevant in light of the increase in ambulatory...

Operating Room Supplement

Authors: J. Theresia van Essen Johann L. Hurink Woutske Hartholt Center of Healthcare Operations Improvement and Research (CHOIR) University of Twente, Enschede The [email protected] Bernd J. van den Akker Isala Clinics Zwolle The NetherlandsManaging the Operating Room (OR) department is difficult due to the conflicting priorities and preferences of stakeholders. Therefore,...

The Operating Room (OR) is a central part of the hospital environment. It is high risk and high cost, but there are many initiatives out there to make the OR more sustainable in terms of the environment and also cost-effectiveness. The OR uses the most supplies in a hospital and studies have shown that between 20-30% of hospital waste can be traced back to the OR. “Greening the OR”   Practice...

Safety Supplement

Authors: Stephen Leyshon Deputy Programme DIrector and Advisor in Patient Safety Eva Turk Senior Researcher Tita Alissa Listyowardojo, Senior Researcher Anna Hayman Robertson Senior Researcher DNV GL Research and Innovation, Høvik NorwayHealthcare is known to be dangerous to patients – the very people it seeks to help. Of the 421 million hospitalisations in the world annually, 42.7 million...

Authors: Vanni Agnoletti Giorgio Gambale Department of Emergency, Anesthesia and Intensive Care Unit Morgagni-Pierantoni Hospital Buccioli Matteo Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics Morgagni-Pierantoni Hospital Emanuele Padovani Rebecca Orelli Levy Department of Management, University of Bologna Maria Teresa Montella Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute BolognaThe operating...

Compliance with the new EU Directive on Sharps Injury PreventionAuthor: Percy Stubbs Health and Safety Consultant Hazardous Substances, Medisch Centrum Haaglanden NetherlandsIn recent years, much work has been done by healthcare worker associations to highlight the danger of sharps injuries, which are described by the European Parliament as “one of the most serious health and safety threats...

Medtech

Author: David Pettigrew Sector Manager for Patient Care SagentiaConnected health is poised to transform the way services are delivered. Sagentia’s David Pettigrew examines how technology innovation is successfully making the transition to commercial reality.   Ageing populations and the growing prevalence of chronic diseases are placing healthcare infrastructure under greater pressure than...

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Mathias Goyen Academic Research Director GE Healthcare [email protected] medicine is all the rage and has become a dominant guiding theme of health research. The focus is on the development of drugs that allow customised treatment. Based on the genetic individuality of each person, patient groups with certain characteristics are identified to receive specific...

Country Focus: Luxembourg

Authors: Marc Hastert General Secretary FHL Laure Pellerin Economic Consultant FHL Located in the heart of Europe, Luxembourg has, for a country with an area of 2,586 km2, over 537,000 residents to is added daily + / - 150, 000 cross-border workers. The Luxembourg society is distinguished primarily by its multicultural character. The population of the Grand Duchy consists of approximately...

The FHL groups together hospitals in Luxembourg, defends their occupational interests and promotes all progress in the hospital sector including the wellbeing of the patient. It does this in a spirit of perfect political and religious independence.   The FHL was founded in 1948. It began as a structure grouping hospital managers and administrators, predominantly congregationists, who met regularly...

Country Focus: Lithuania

Author: Viktoras Meižis Director of Druskininkai HospitalBackground Lithuania is a country in Northern Europe, the largest of the three Baltic states. The Republic of Lithuania is a parliamentary Republic with some attributes of a semi-presidential system. The country is divided into 10 counties that are further subdivided into 60 municipalities. Lithuania declared it‘s independence from Soviet...

Author: Edmundas Baltakis Chairman of the Lithuanian Association of Hospital Managers Head Doctor of Joniskis HospitalOver the past five years, the number of state hospitals has fallen by 17.6 percent, meaning that as many as 18 facilities (mainly specialised – 47.6 percent) were merged into separate legal entities. This has resulted in a more effective network of institutions, joining them...

Author: Stasys Gendvilis President LAHMPThe Association of Hospital Managers Physicians of Lithuania (LAHMP) was founded 22 years ago by a small group of enthusiasts - managers of healthcare institutions. Over the last decade it has changed in terms of numbers (the number of members has increased from 50 to 130), and quality. Statutes were amended and the LAHMP became the associated structu...

French

Willy J. Heuschen, Secrétaire général de l'AEDH et rédacteur en chefUneeresponsabilité Conjointe La conférence annuelle de l' European Public Health Alliance qui s'est tenue pendant la présidence de l'Union européenne de la Lituanie a fait état des disparités croissants concernant l’état de santé de la population et que l’on peut observer au sein des États membres de l'Union. Une étude a par exemple...

Deuxième Joint European Hospital Conference Après le succès de la première Joint European Hospital Conference l'année dernière, l'AEDH s'associe de nouveau à l'European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE) et l’Association of European Hospital Physicians (AEMH) dans le but d'organiser une deuxième rencontre.   La prochaine Joint European Hospital Conference se tiendra le vendredi 22 nove...

Présentation De l’IMPO, Le Nouveau Modèle De Travail De l'AEDH Par Willy Heuschen et Jos Vanlandyut   L’AEDH a conscience des nombreux bouleversements qui interviennent actuellement dans le secteur de la santé et de l’impact qu’ils ont sur les hôpitaux et sur les directeurs d'hôpitaux plus précisément. Tout comme nos hôpitaux, notre association doit s'adapter et évoluer. C’est pour cette raison...

German

Von Willy Hesuchen, EVKD Generalsekretär u. ChefredakteurMitverantwortlich … Die im Rahmen des EU-Vorsitzes Litauens abgehaltene Jahreskonferenz der European Public Health Alliance zeigte auf, dass die Ungleichheiten des Gesundheitszustandes der Bevölkerungen der europäischen Mitgliedsländer weiter und verstärkt auseinander klaffen. So zeigt eine Statistik, dass die Einschränkung der aktiven L...

Joint European Hospital Konferenz Nach dem Erfolg der „Joint European Hospital Konferenz” im letzten Jahr schließt sich die EAHM abermals mit der ‚European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE)’ und der ‘Association of European Hospital Physicians (AEMH)’ zusammen – und organisiert eine zweite Konferenz.   Die nächste Joint European Hospital Konferenz findet am Freitag, den 22. November 2013...

Wir Stellen Vor: IMPO – Ein Neues Arbeitsmodell Für Die EAHM Von Willy Hesuchen, Jos Vanlandyut Die EAHM ist sich der vielen Veränderungen auf dem Gesundheitssektor bewusst, und auch deren Bedeutung für Krankenhäuser und hier insbesondere Krankenhausmanager. Im selben Maß, wie unsere Krankenhäuser sich neuen Umständen anpassen und sich dabei weiter entwickeln, muss auch die EAHM mitziehen. Wir haben...


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