At the beginning of June, Cankarjev dom – CD Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana was a venue of the HOPE Agora 2019 in organization of the Association of Health Institution of Slovenia and HOPE – the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation. More than 300 participants at the event focused on “Evidence-informed decision-making in healthcare management.”
In increasingly complex health systems, the ability to use all types of available evidence to improve decision-making in healthcare is crucial to ensure that citizens are offered the best care possible. For three days, CD Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana was yet again the hub of scientific meeting related to questions of medicine and health, so much more important areas these days when the need for proper treatment and healthcare has been growing world-wide.
On the first day of the three-day conference that was on between the 2nd and 4th of June 2019 the HOPE Liaison Officers met to discuss population health, value-based medicines, patient safety, study tours, EU projects Medeye and Euriphi, and EU policies. On the second day, HOPE President Eva Weinreich-Jensen opened the conference and three high-level speakers welcomed the participants and the audience: Aleš Šabeder, Minister of Health of the Republic of Slovenia, who emphasized the difficulty of an extended autonomy in decision-making, in politics as well as any other area such as healthcare, and Marjan Pintar, Director of the Association of Health Institutions of Slovenia, as well as Marjan Sušelj, General Director of the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia.
The programme included also addresses by several experts, presentations by HOPE Exchange Programme, meeting of the HOPE National Coordinators, a workshop, survey, a panel of participants where they discussed the results of the survey, and a Round table discussion with Tanja Španić (Europa Donna Slovenia), Niek Klazinga (Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam), Saša Kadivec (University Clinic of Respiratory and Allergic Diseases Golnik), and Teodor Žepič (University Medical Centre Ljubljana). Pascal Garel, chief executive of HOPE, chaired the Prize Giving Ceremony and congratulated the 3 winning teams: United-Kingdom for the 3rd prize, Switzerland for the 2nd prize and Spain for the 1st prize.
The HOPE Governors met at the end of the conference to discuss many issues including comparative activities, EU Finnish Presidency, Brexit, EU policies such as the Medical Devices Regulations, the Falsified Medicines Directives, data protection regulation, e-privacy and EU projects EURIPHI and MedEye. They also gathered to prepare and discuss the HOPE EU Elections 2019 Manifesto which advocates for more coherent EU health-related policies that would be centred on public health and a better check of their impact on hospitals and healthcare facilities.
This was another of the scientific conferences that Cankarjev dom is hosting this year. Others are: 48th Symposium of the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy (ESCP), 21st Congress of the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM), World Construction Forum (WCF2019), 14th European Peritoneal Dialysis Meeting (EUROPD), and Congress of the European Society of Vascular Medicine (ESVM), to name a few.