1st International Congress on Management of Healthcare & Welfare Units

Τhe Program of Postgraduate Studies in science in Health and Welfare Units of the Department of Organisations Management, Marketing and Tourism and the Department of Nursing of the International Hellenic University are organising the 1st International Congress on Management of Healthcare & Welfare Units (ICOHEMA 2019), that will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece, at the Porto Palace Hotel, between the 29th of November and the 1st of December 2019. The overall congress theme is “Managing Healthcare and Welfare Units in Austerity and Prosperity”.

Health care: A right or a Privilege? The question still remains unclear. When you make the argument that health care should be a right, it is crucial to distinguish the legal and the moral part of the right. In parallel, health care could be a privilege, because only people who are wealthy enough to pay for services have access to medical care. The previous contrast further highlighted due to the fact that the healthcare system underwent considerable restructuring and downsizing in the last decades due to the economic crisis. The effects on nursing staff and hospital functioning in various countries generally reported negative impacts.

In this context, the benefits that come across of the right management process of the Healthcare & Welfare Units is fundamental for skipping the obstacles bringing the health care down to a more manageable level. The “benefits management” as a structured approach for maximising good outcomes for an organisation as a result of change plays a crucial role.

In order to bring to the fore vital questions to be addressed anew by health stakeholders, practitioners and researchers, while designing Tomorrow’s Health Systems, such as:
1. How to actively pursue in your daily professional routine?
2. How to lead, manage or optimize the benefits that come across?
3. How to sustain the manageable level of the Health systems?
4. How to teach the new philosophy?
5. How to research the advantages and the obstacles from this process?

The research track of the congress will be exploring the overall theme of “Managing Healthcare and Welfare Units in Austerity and Prosperity” and will focus on sub-themes like:

  • Health care and welfare policies
  • Health management
  • Health marketing
  • Health systems and program strategies
  • Accreditation / Assessment and Evaluation processes
  • Quality assurance in Health
  • E- records
  • Bioinformatics
  • Links between Health and Research
  • Innovation and health

The congress will take place at Thessaloniki in Greece. Thessaloniki was named after the sister of Alexander the Great and is one of the oldest cities in Europe; a few years ago the city celebrated 2400 years since its establishment. Thessaloniki is a seaside port city, it has served as European Capital of Culture in 1997, and is well-known for its cosmopolitan style, rich gastronomic appeal, and vibrant night-life. The city has a rich culture and history influenced by the Hellenistic Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman eras.

The state-of-the-art Congress program includes: a) a high quality scientific research track with refereed paper presentations, b) cutting-edge keynote speakers and round tables from the academia, and the public sector, c) a student paper presentations track and a PhD workshop.

Submission of Abstracts
Deadline Extension
By 15th of October, 2019
Evaluation of abstracts and communication with authors
By 30th of October, 2019
Submission of final papers (if applicable) and communication with authors By 10th of November, 2019
Early Registration Fees deadline By 30th of September, 2019


All accepted and presented manuscripts will be included in the official Congress proceedings. The proceedings will be published professionally in electronic form with an ISΒN and will be available for distribution during the Congress. Each registered congress delegate will receive one free copy of the Congress proceedings.

Authors of selected Congress full papers will have the opportunity to publish their work (English version) at a special issue of the scientific International Journal of Healthcare Management & Welfare.

The official Congress languages are Greek and English. There will be sessions in Greek and/or English.