Governance and leadership of health systems involve researching and setting up strategic objectives, making policies, and developing laws and regulations while securing and deploying the necessary resources, skills, and competencies to accomplish strategic goals. In the past year, the role of health governance and leadership has been in the spotlight as the effect of health leaders’ decisions have been observed and scrutinised. 

At EHMA 2021, we will host five abstract sessions under the sub-theme of Governance and Leadership that will drive the audience to get a 360° perspective of the facets under this theme. 

On Wednesday, 15 September at 13:30 CEST, the session on healthcare policies will explore the effects of healthcare policies on the provision and quality of care in various countries across the globe. 

Prof Milena Vasic, Institute of Public Health of Serbia, will present the abstract “National strategies and programmes: a multisectoral approach in supporting public health at municipal level in Serbia”; Ms Kendra Pyne, University College London, will showcase the research on “Cultural implications on global medicine and health policy reform: a comparative analysis of Japan and United States of America”. 

Dr Axel Kaehne, Edge Hill University, will present his work on “Modelling peer review as a means of regulatory compliance in specialised commissioned services in the NHS” and Dr Paulien Vermunt, Vilans, Centre of Expertise for Long-Term Care, the abstract on “The efficacy of a Dutch governmental support program for quality improvement in nursing homes”. 

At 17:00 CEST, the session on health management and COVID-19 will highlight how health managers were forced to radically transform their organisations and redesign their care models to deal with the unprecedented patient influx and meet the extraordinary demand for healthcare. 

MSc Joana Seringa, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central, will present her research on “Direct costs of COVID-19 inpatient admissions at a University Tertiary Care Centre”; Mr Lukas Kerschbaumer, Management Center Innsbruck, The Entrepreneurial School, will present his work on “Health management and governance – An excursion on leadership in the wake of the pandemic in the case of alpine winter tourism 2020 in Tyrol and Vorarlberg”. 

Dr Anne Girault, EHESP, France, will showcase the abstract on “Response to COVID-19 in France: identify the critical success factors of patient inter-regional transfers” while Dr Giovanni Gaetti, Sovraintendenza Sanitaria, Gruppo San Donato, will present “Pillars for planning a COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Center: the Novegro, Milan experience”. 

The abstract “Partnership-working in health and social care: A multi-national, regional analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on health and social care integration” will also be presented. 

Prof Damian Greaves, Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at St. George’s University, will present the abstract “Managing Health Systems Better: Lessons learned from COVID-19 in the Anglophone Caribbean” with the purpose of exploring the leadership and the management of health systems’ challenges in the Anglophone Caribbean, which has been exacerbated by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the past years, health systems started shifting towards Value-Based Health Care (VBHC) with an intent to move away from volume-driven care. VBHC focuses primarily on improving patient health outcomes, thus creating more value for patients.  

On Thursday, 16 September at 10:00 CEST, during the session on value-based healthcare, the following abstracts will be presented: “The implementation of Value-Based Healthcare (VBHC): a scoping review” by Ms Dorine van Staalduinen, Leiden University Medical Center; “Clinical Costing as a cost-component of Value-Based Healthcare: a systematic literature review” by Dr Antonio Fusco, University of Bari Aldo Moro; and “Implementing value-based health care at the provider level: critical decision areas and related contextual factors” by Dr Mandar Dabhilkar, Stockholm University. 

On Friday, 17 September at 9:30 CEST we will be exploring the theme of inter-organisational collaboration, which is increasingly prevalent across healthcare organisations and implies healthcare provision across organisational borders by actors who have a common goal. This abstract session will therefore shed light on the use and impact of inter-organisational collaborations within the healthcare sector. 

Dr Justin Aunger, University of Birmingham, will present the abstract “How, why, and when do inter-organisational collaborations in healthcare improve performance? A realist evaluation”; MSc Robin Peeters, Department of Health Services Research, Maastricht University, will present her research on “Inter-organisational networks: rational behavior or institutional myths?”; and Dr Tiina Tuononen, University of Eastern Finland, will present the abstract on “Career anchors of the physician leaders”. 

Prof Johanna Lammintakanen, University of Eastern Finland will then present her work on “Leaders’ and employees’ perceptions on remote leadership in a health and social service organisation” while Prof Tania Gaspar, Lisbon University, will showcase the abstract on “Health management: Organisational and individual determinants of the outcomes in hospital context”. 

The last abstract session under the sub-theme of Governance and Leadership will be held on Friday 17 September at 13.30 CEST and will focus on operations management, logistics and procurement. Effective operations management, logistics and procurement are key in reducing waste of time and resources, mitigating the inflation of healthcare costs, and ensuring the availability of supplies. This session will explore the benefits of joint purchasing, the implementation of lean management, the decision-making processes behind procurement, and the introduction of appointment systems. 

The following abstracts will be presented: “Collaborating within a bad marriage: the case of joint purchasing of expensive medicine” by Dr Bart Noort, University of Groningen; “Making Lean Management initiatives last: Identifying barriers and facilitators towards Lean Management sustainability” by Dr Oskar Roemeling, University of Groningen; “Decision-making processes for Magnetic Resonance Imaging technology procurement: decision-makers perspectives” by Dr Maria Maia, Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences, NOVA School of Science and Technology; and “Implementing a flexible outpatient appointment system in presence of distinct urgency-based blocks” by Dr Chiara Morlotti, University of Bergamo. 

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