Editorial

It would be an understatement to say that European hospitals are currently facing a number of challenges. Beyond the particularities and specific characteristics of each EU member state, questions are arising everywhere regarding the exact role of hospitals, their ability to meet patient expectations, their appeal in a highly competitive environment, changing financing structures, etc. Despite the...

News

EAHM Acts on Mobility of Health Workforce After concluding its short survey in September 2007, the EAHM Subcommittee “European Affairs” has decided to further push ahead on the issue of mobility of health workforce.   The EAHM survey, Mobility of Healthcare Professionals answered pertinent questions concerning migration of staff within countries and  hospitals. Highlighted were inquires into wh

Initial Information on Planned EU Action on Healthcare Services Following consultations, the Commission is preparing its action on healthcare services and cross-border healthcare. These issues have been discussed widely at the European level and the Commission has recognized the need to address current uncertainties about the application of community law to health services, and to provide support...

Author:Rory WatsonHealth Consumer Index and MRI legislation Austria runs a healthcare system that is consumer friendly and provides excellent results, according to the Euro Health Consumer Index, which nominates the country as the winner in its latest annual survey. It is placed narrowly ahead of the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden. At the other end of the table are several “new”...

Internet Internet users can now have access to their own medical file on the Internet. Thanks to the HealthVault site, proposed by Microsoft, patients can manage and store their own medical records. Financed by targeted ads, the site contains a search engine and specialised tools with which patients can, for instance, control their weight or the evolution of their condition. Microsoft officials claim...

Accreditation

Author:Ewa Gojniczek,EMC Consulting group,Brussels, BelgiumEmail:[email protected] source references, please [email protected] faces an incredible diversity of national healthcare systems. The extent of this problem is intensified by the fact that the European Community’s competence in this field is marginal. Article 152 of the Treaty establishing the European Co

Authors:David Greenfield, PhD, Research FellowJeffrey Braithwaite, PhD, Professor and DirectorCentre for Clinical Governance Research, Faculty of Medicine,University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australiahttp://www.med.unsw.edu.au/medweb.nsf/page/ClinGov_About Email:[email protected]@unsw.edu.auThere are now over 70 national accreditation agencies and a

Author:Karen Timmons is President and CEO of Joint Commission International (JCI), which is part of Joint Commission Resources (JCR), an affiliate of the Joint Commission. Through international consultation, accreditation, publication, and education, JCI helps to improve the quality of patient care around the world.www.jointcommissioninternational.comThe new Joint Commission International (JCI) ac...

Author:Maximilian C. von Eiff,Project Group Medical Economy,Department of Clinical and Administrative Data Processing,University Clinic of Giessen-Marburg, Giessen, GermanyEmail:[email protected] all health service systems that have introduced a DRG system for billing in-patient medical services (e.g. Italy, Germany, Australia, USA) a few target costing situations have occurred. Hospitals get a...

Capacity Planning

Authors:Dr. Boris Augurzky, Division chief Labor markets,population and health, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung e.V., Germany Prof. Dr. Ludwig Kuntz,Roman MennickenEconomic and soci-economic Faculty, Köln University, GermanyEmail:[email protected] in hospitals is determined by production facilities and production factors (Sibbel 2004

Author:Knut H. Bergsland,Senior adviser, SINTEF Health Research,Trondheim, NorwayEmail:[email protected] European hospitals will have to expand their examination and treatment capacity in the future, as well as rearrange and restructure core functions. Whether to remain competitive or for other reasons, it will be essential to maximise short and longterm performance. It is seldom econo

Author:André Calame, manager, Inselspital,Bern, SwitzerlandEmail  andre.calame(at)insel.ch und Gregor Hotz, Consultant, pom+Consulting AG,Zurich, SwitzerlandEmail:[email protected] other large university hospitals, the Insel Hospital must face up to the twin phenomena of an inexorable rise in patient numbers and ongoing reductions in the length of the average pa

Country Focus: Belgium

Author:Kristof Eeckloo,Centre for health services and nursing research, Faculty of medicine,Catholic University of Leuven, BelgiumEmail:[email protected] is a federal state. There are three levels of government: federal, regional (three regions and three communities) and local (provinces and municipalities).   The Belgian healthcare system is mainly organised on the fe

Authors:Professor Marie-Christine ClosonCentre of the Socioeconomics of Health,School of Public Health, Université Catholique de Louvain, BelgiumEmail:[email protected] Belgian healthcare system is a mix of mandatory national insurance and private medicine, a system of collective agreements between healthcare providers and insurance companies(national healthcare funds),

Author:Prof. E. Engelbrecht,President of BVZD-ABDH-BVKD, BelgiumEmail:[email protected] in the early 1970s as a defacto  association representing Belgian hospital managers, the organisation stresses inclusion regardless of hospital status, language group or Community/Region. More specifically, the association aims to:   • Help hospital managers acquire and maintain

French

Paul Castel Président de l’AEDHLes Managers De La Santé et Les Outils d’Evolution Des Organisations Il est peu dire que les hôpitaux européens doivent actuellement faire face à de nombreux défis. Au-delà des particularités et des spécificités de chacun des états membres, partout des interrogations surgissent sur le rôle des hôpitaux, leur capacité à répondre aux attentes des patients, leur att...

L’AEDH Agit Pour la Mobilité du Personnel de Santé L’étude de l’AEDH, Mobilité Des Professionnels de Santé of Healthcare Professionals a répondu à des questions pertinentes concernant la migration du personnel au niveau national et hospitalier. Les questions portaient sur la façon dont le personnel migrant était considéré, comme un bienfait ou comme un fardeau; sur des sujets spécifiques concernant...

Systèmes d’Evaluation De La Qualité en Soins de Santé Une Perspective Européenne p. 14 Par Ewa Gojniczek Un problème commun à tous les hôpitaux de l’UE est la nécessité d’une norme pour des soins de haute qualité ainsi que les moyens de la mesurer et de la garantir. Quatre approches externes de base coexistent pour l’évaluation de la qualité de la gestion du service: Certification industrielle —...

German

Paul Castel Präsident der EVKDMöglichkeiten Der Organisationsentwicklung Für Gesundheitsmanager Es ist allgemein bekannt, dass europäische Krankenhäuser heute zahlreichen Herausforderungen gegenüber stehen. Neben den Partikularitäten und spezifischen Gegebenheiten in jedem Mitgliedstaat, laufen überall Diskussionen über die Rolle der Krankenhäuser, deren Kapazität, den Anforderungen der Patienten...

EVKD Agiert Zum Thema „Mobilität Des Gesundheitspersonals“ Die kürzlich von der EVKD ausgeführte Blitzumfrage „Mobilität des Gesundheitspersonals” beantwortete Fragen, wie z.B. ob das betroffene Land oder Krankenhaus von der Mobilität des Gesundheitspersonals profitiert oder darunter leidet, wie hoch der Prozentsatz des eingesetzten aus dem Ausland stammenden Personals im Land und in Beispielkran...

Qualitätsevaluierungssysteme in Der Gesundheitsversorgung Eine Europäische Perspektive p. 14 Von Ewa Gojniczek Ein gemeinsames Problem für alle Krankenhäuser in der EU ist die Notwendigkeit einer Norm für die qualitativ hochwertige Gesundheitsversorgung und die Möglichkeit diese zu messen und zu garantieren.   Vier Ansätze der externen Evaluierung der Qualität der Verwaltung des jeweiligen Die...


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