7th European Congress of the International Federation of Hospital Engineering of Europe, 29-31 May 2017, Bologna, Italy

The bi-annual congress of the International Federation of Hospital Engineering of Europe (IFHE-EU) is taking place this year, 29-31 May, in Bologna, Italy. The Italian Society of Architecture and Engineering for Healthcare (SIAIS) is the proud lead organiser of the congress, which will address the theme of promoting integrated, multidisciplinary health engineering and exchange of technical experience. Specific topics within the overall theme will cover:

  • Energy saving and energy efficiency improvement
  • Planning and design optimization
  • Architecture and landscape
  • Maintenance and safety in hospital – sharing experiences
  • ICT improvement and innovation
  • European rules (fire-regulations, safety, seismic regulation)
  • Health Technology Assessment

Daniella Pedrini, President of the Congress and SIAIS President, and Marcello Fiorenzo, IFHE-EU Vice-President and SIAIS Scientific Secretary, invite participants to submit abstracts (in English or Italian) on these topics via the IFHE Congress website, here: http://www.ifhe-eu2017.com/preliminary-programme/call-for-abstract/. SIAIS member Simona Agger, current Chair of the European Health Property Network, asks EuHPN members in particular to consider submitting an abstract to this Congress, or to attend as a participant.

The 2017 IFHE-EU Congress venue is the Savoia Hotel Regency Congress Centre, Bologna. For more information about the event, including further information on the programme, how to register as a participant or submit a speaker abstract, how to arrange accommodation and how to become an exhibitor or sponsor, please visit the Congress website: http://www.ifhe-eu2017.com/.


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La Fontana del Nettuno, Bologna.  Photo: Georges Jansoone, WikiMedia Commons.


EuHPN Workshop 2016 - Madrid 23-25 November - Healthcare Infrastructure for a Web of Care

European countries face an urgent need to provide their citizens with more personalised services, responsive to changing models of health and social care. This shift, encouraged by new technologies, is characterised by more distributed and decentralised care provision.  Hospitals focus increasingly on highly specialised diagnoses and treatments, while primary and community care adopt some features which were previously available only in secondary care centres.  Home care services, and forums for patient self-management, are becoming important factors in the overall care system, and non-clinical environments are playing a significant role in patient education and support.  These trends add up to a move away from care provision in traditional silos, towards a web of care which extends from the home, to spaces for work and leisure, and, of course, to newly imagined clinical environments.

The 2016 EuHPN Workshop addressed the effects of this societal change on the physical environment of care. A range of speakers from across Europe, including invited speakers from Spain, spoke on:

  • The rationale for the web of care, including service reform

  • How to plan for radical reconfiguration of healthcare infrastructure

  • Designs for a new generation of healthcare buildings

  • Health-promoting public spaces

  • Technologies which enable better care, in and out of health facilities

  • Implementing new care models and their supporting infrastructure.

The workshop programme and presentions from the workshop can be found under the 'Workshops' tab.



Cross-border healthcare: a challenge and a necessity

On 9th May 2016 the newly formed Integrated University Healthcare Agency of Trieste (ASUITS) welcomed around 90 speakers and participants to a day of discussion and information exchange on the topic of cross-border healthcare.  The European Health Property Network (EuHPN) regularly supports regional seminars which focus on themes which link changes to European health systems with the development of healthcare facilities, from the largest hospitals to the buildings used for primary and community care.  The Trieste workshop was organised through a collaboration between EuHPN, ASUITS, the Italian Society of Architecture and Engineering for Health (SIAIS), Smartcare and the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services.  We are grateful for the support offered by the Italian Ministry of Health, the Government of Catalonia and Istituto Superiore di Sanitá.

The Trieste workshop’s main objective was to build on the excellent work already undertaken by the health policy and health care organisations of Trieste and the surrounding region, alongside partners in Slovenia, Croatia and Austria, by bringing together a range of international experts to debate what works, and what doesn’t work, in making cross-border care a successful reality.  Further details of this workshop are here