9th Prague International Health Summit


Role of Hospitals in the 21st Century


Advance Healthcare Management Institute

About summit

The conference focused on changes that hospitals have to undergo as due to increasing importance of chronic diseases, population aging, new technologies and the ongoing centralization of specialized care. The first part of the conference was dedicated to examples of changes in the organizational structure and processes in individual hospitals. The second part focused on the distribution of duties among hospitals associated in regional networks and the management of flows of information, patients and staff within these networks. The third part was devoted to foreign and local examples of cooperation between hospitals and outpatient sector.
The conference was held on May 17–18, 2018 at Hotel International – and as ever – hosted distinguished speakers from abroad.

Program | Day 1


Conference opening key notes
James Rice – Gallagher Integrated | USA
Jiří Čunek – Governor of Zlín region

Why hospitals have to change (audio in Czech)
Pavel Hroboň – Advance Healthcare Management Institute | Czech Republic


Adapting hospitals to requirements of modern healthcare
John Leach – McKinsey & Company | United Kingdom

Developments in hospital processes and their impact on design of buildings
Henny van Laarhoven – Orbis Group | The Netherlands

Provision of laboratory services to hospitals in Slovakia and Germany
Jozef Gavlas – Medirex Group | Slovakia

Implementing clinical protocols in a teaching hospital – case study (audio in Czech)
Daniel Hodyc – Advance Healthcare Management Institute | Czech Republic

Panel discussion with speakers and guests


Implementing new models of care in a regional hospital system (audio)
Robert A. Stevens – Ridgeview Medical Center | USA

Turning independent hospitals into a network (audio in Czech)
Harald Maikisch  – Landeskrankenhaus Feldkirch | Austria

Changes in provider network for effective contracting
Martin Smatana – Institute of Health Policies, Ministry of Health | Slovakia

New generation hospital in Michalovce and its role in Svet zdravia (audio in Slovak)
Vladimír Dvorový  – ProCare and Svet Zdravia | Slovakia

Causes of South Bohemian healthcare success and its future challenges
Michal Čarvaš – South Bohemian Hospitals | Czech Republic

Panel discussion with speakers and guests

Program | Day 2


Adam Vojtěch – Minister of Health of the Czech Republic
James Rice – Gallagher Integrated | USA


Why do we need integration of care and what are the proven tools (audio in Slovak)
Henrieta Tulejová – Advance Healthcare Management Institute | Slovakia

Clinician-led improvement of care
Brian H. Rank – HealthPartners Care Group | USA

Cultural transformation towards integrated healthcare
Santiago Delgado Izquierdo – Ribera Salud | Spain

Taking accountability for the health of a whole region: Experiences from Accountable Care Organizations in Germany for the future role of hospitals (audio)
Alexander Pimperl  – OptiMedis | Germany

From centrally managed diabetes care to personalized medicine
Giel Nijpels – Health Center Hoorn | The Netherlands

New forms of healthcare organization and reimbursement. Why do we discuss them regularly but use them sporadically
Martin Kultan – Dôvera | Slovakia

Panel discussion with speakers and guests

Questions for Minister of Health of the Czech Republic Adam Vojtěch


„Prague International Health Summit 2018 was an interesting gathering of health care experts from various countries. Its breadth and depth make it unique and inspiring in many ways. It is interesting to hear what problems others encounter and how they solve them. I am already looking forward to the next year’s summit.“
Michal Čarvaš, Member of the Board, Jihočeské nemocnice a.s., Czech Republic

„Very valuable experience. Speakers from multiple countries have presented specific solutions of problems that lie ahead of us.“
Marián Faktor, Provider Relationship Manager, Dôvera zdravotná poisťovňa, Slovakia

„The Summit has become an important fixture among European Health Symposia and is a well organized opportunity to network and exchange experiences about the many professional challenges for European Healthcare Managers.“
Armin Fidler, Senior Lecturer, Management Center Innsbruck, Austria

„I consider the IHS konference to be a truly excellent platform, not only to enrich knowledge with current topics in the field of Slovak/Czech healthcare, but also to establish professional contacts with key leaders in the sector, which really enables sharing of useful experience and knowledge.“
Martin Hrežo, CFO, Penta Hospitals International a.s., Slovakia

„Prague IHS 2018 was an excellent opportunity to gain important and new information on high level. So this is a very valuable conference. Due to the broad occupational areas of the participants and high expertise of the lecturers this was also an outstanding possibility for extensive networking.“
Harald Maikisch, CEO, Landeskrankenhaus Feldkirch, Austria

„IHS brings to central Europe an excellent health care format. I would recommend it to everyone who is serious about health care and wishes to discover the best examples, stories and experience from all around the world.“
Martin Kultan, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, Dôvera zdravotná poisťovňa, Slovakia

„On behalf of Slovak patient organizations and Slovak patients, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to attend the IHS conference, which helped me to expand my knowledge, to listen to discussions about the need for changes in making networks, organizational structures, and improvement of cooperation between hospitals and individual providers. Patients in Slovakia need similar and beneficial changes to guarantee better, safer, and more humane care.“
Mária Lévyová, Director, Association for the Protection of Patients’ Rights, Slovakia

„IHS is an extraordinary conference especially because it provides specific examples of solutions provided by people in managerial roles in hospitals, mostly from abroad, which face the same challenges as the Czech health care system. The speakers openly share their experience how they successfully solved problems of optimisation of processes, quality and staff; issues that are related to provision of more demanding health care.“
Jiří Mrázek, Manager for Health Service Reimbursement, General Health Insurance Company (VZP), Czech Republic

„Integrating care and realigning health care systems and their stakeholders on the value they generate is a crucial task to keep our health care systems sustainable. IHS 2018 was a terrific opportunity to discuss the role of hospitals in this process and genuinely and personally connect with a very interesting mix of experts from around the world.“
Alexander Pimperl, Vice Chairman of the Board, OptiMedis AG, Germany

„I have always been searching for Prague IHS because they both define the main current healthcare problems and present their specific solutions through speakers who are very open to share their experience (both successes and failures) that we can really learn from.“
Dajana Petríková, Manager for Bed Care Purchase, Union zdravotná poisťovňa, a.s., Slovakia

„IH Summit is a platform that brings new viewpoints, ideas, and experience of other colleagues both from home and abroad. That allows the conference to provide a space where representatives of health care organisations can gain an inspiration to further improve the quality and effectiveness of services their organisations provide. All of that is delivered by high-quality and interesting speakers.“
Michal Stiborek,Director, Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Czech Republic

„Personally speaking, the topic of IHS was very attractive and up-to-date, especially from the point of view of Slovakia as we have lagged behind the Czech Republic for years.“
Alan Suchánek, Member of the Parliament, National Council, Slovakia

„IHS are two days in a year which allow its participants, with the range of ideas on how to do things in health care better, to forget the daily stereotype. For those who have not given up yet it is a place to recharge their batteries; for warhorses stuck in a routine it is an opportunity to update their social network. It is simply an event not to be missed.“
Pavel Vepřek, Member of the Board, Nemocnice Plzeňského kraje, Czech Republic



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