28th Congress of the European Association for hospital managers

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Siemens Healthineers, a specialist player in healthcare with a pioneering spirit and engineering expertise, had no hesitation in deciding to participate in the 28th European Association of Hospital Managers Congress. We asked Carl Laurent, Managing Director Siemens Healthineers BeLux, some questions about his company’s participation in the 28th EAHM Congress.

Why is it important for Siemens Healthineers to be a partner in the EAHM Congress?

Siemens Healthineers is a major player in the medtech and healthcare sector, and has been involved in innovative partnerships with hospitals and laboratories for some years. Our mission is clear: to support care facilities in optimising, transforming and digitising healthcare, drawing on our solutions in diagnostic imaging and laboratory diagnostics.

Hospital managers face an array of huge challenges, which go beyond the purely financial sphere. The speed with which new technologies are emerging, the digitisation of healthcare and the changing hospital landscape are just some of these.

We believe that in many cases, our Value Partnerships can provide an answer to these challenges and act as a game-changer in the efficient management of diagnostic technological innovation in the long term.

What are your expectations in terms of the congress and the presence of so many European hospital managers?

Our many years of experience have given us a clear picture of the dynamics within the hospital sector at both local and European levels. But it remains important to keep our finger on the pulse, to keep learning, and to harvest feedback and insight into management strategies. For us, as a Belgian unit within Siemens Healthineers, it is also interesting to keep ourselves up to date with best practices in other countries.

As a pioneer in innovation, we seek to use this congress of European Hospital Managers to inform managers about the solutions we can offer in order to forge sustainable and valuable partnerships. In the long term, these partnerships will guarantee the state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies in their hospitals.

What is the added value of an organisation such as the BVZD for you?

The Belgian Association of Hospital Managers is our ideal partner when it comes to keeping abreast of current developments in healthcare, but also in terms of building up relationships with both management bodies and other players in the healthcare ecosystem.

Together with the hospital management, we are also keen to focus on the future, partly through foreign study trips and thematic workshops here in Belgium.

Our congress is angled towards innovation. How important is innovation also to you? Can you give us some examples?

Innovation is part of our DNA and it’s what marks out Siemens Healthineers from the rest. Our name itself explains this: we are a specialist player in healthcare with a pioneering spirit and engineering expertise, all in close collaboration with our clients. So we have deliberately chosen to address the theme of technology and innovation at the EAHM Congress.

Our speaker, Joao Seabra Pinto, board member of Siemens Healthineers, will talk about Value Partnerships during the thematic presentation at the AZ Maria Middelares hospital. Siemens Healthineers is the partner that helps hospitals to embrace innovation and thereby to create value for their stakeholders. Value Partnerships are our way of helping hospitals to continue to expand technological innovation into the future.

Artificial intelligence is now being integrated into virtually all our product lines. In digitisation, too, Siemens Healthineers is innovating extensively. Pathway Companion is a fine example of this, delivering an efficient transformation of multidisciplinary consultation (such as Oncology Boards).

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