Eahm2019 | A unique Experience not to be missed

28th Congress of the European Association for hospital managers

Paul Dotreppe Eahm2019 Belgium

EAHM 2019: A unique experience not to be missed!

It is not every year that so many hospital directors converge on our country.  This year, the ABDH/BVZD has the honour and good fortune to host the 28th congress of the European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM) - one of the world’s largest hospital management associations, representing over 16,000 individual members – in our fine city of Ghent, from 11 to 14 September – a congress devoted to a unique concept which we present to you first!

The ABDH/BVZD plans to bring together no fewer than 500 European colleagues from the hospital world (directors, clinicians, etc.) but also health academic & industry professionals and innovators (industry, the pharmaceutical sector, start-ups and entrepreneurs), and last but far from least, the  health care authorities (ministries,  members of parliament, policy makers, stakeholders) on the subject of “Innovative Healthcare Strategies”. 25 national associations and healthcare leaders from around Europe and beyond will attend the congress. 

//  A completely reviewed and redesigned concept

“With innovation and transformation at the forefront of the agenda of all healthcare stakeholders we have completely reviewed and redesigned the congress concept”, says Danny Havenith, congress organiser. “It will be an exciting and inspirational setting for us to meet, learn and share knowledge, experience and expertise on the transition to digital healthcare, with robust strategies, infrastructure and facilities in place to continue offering high quality and safe care in the industry 4.0 era in a sustainable way. The congress will bring together the leaders of today and tomorrow to shape the future of healthcare.”

//  6 hospitals 

The ABDH/BVZD has opted for a dynamic formula rather than a conventional, static formula where presentations are given one after the other in a single auditorium. “In fact, Belgium can boast of being part of the countries that provide the best health care in the world and to have first rate hospitals. We therefore decided to showcase this asset of which we are proud by bringing the participants to visit two hospitals of their choice from among the six proposed, within a 50-kilometre radius around Ghent: Chirec, AZ Maria Middelares, AZ Delta, AZ Groeninge, AZ Zeno and the Antwerp University Hospital (UZA).  In each hospital, you will first be given a presentation on a specific topic, followed by a roundtable with discussion and finally a themed visit of the institution.” 

//  6 themes

The congress will also be geared to 6 themes that are ever so topical, as itemized by Professor Pascal Verdonck, who is the scientific officer of the congress  “In fact, each hospital will present one of the six themes we have selected: Smart Building & Logistics, Healing Architecture, Innovation & Technology, Big data & Digital Health, Finance & Health – Economics, Health Management & Governance & Ethics.”

The officers of ABDH/BVZD invite you to come and join this international multidisciplinary forum to exchange knowledge and best practices and become acquainted with the key values of our association and this conference:  leadership, excellence, open-mindedness and friendship.

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