The preliminary online program is expected to be published here in March 2020.


The congress will deal with the following topics:

Compare health care internationally

  • Objectives of health care systems and health care provision: Accessibility, quality, efficiency etc.
  • Health System Performance Assessment: Data, methods and results
  • Health services research of regional disparities
  • Building blocks of care: outpatient, inpatient, cross-sectoral in an international comparison
  • Care management (e.g. via payment) in international comparison
  • Evaluation of care provided by patients and citizens
  • Improve health care

From performance assessment to a health care reform target

  • From reform objective to implementation
  • Access, quality and efficiency-oriented reforms: expectations and reality
  • Centres for Health Economics Research and the German Innovation Fund: Contributions to access, quality, efficiency?
  • Digitalisation: Improvement of health care service provision?

Further topics

  • Methods and theories of health services research
  • Patient Centeredness / Patient-Reported Outcomes
  • Quality and patient safety
  • Health services research in training and further education
  • Scientific communication and visualisation of research results
  • Data for health services research: what are the benefits of the General Data Protection Regulation and/or the German Digital Healthcare Act?
  • Free Topics

Programme formats

  • Plenary
  • Lecture session/symposium
  • Guided poster session
  • Forum pro and contra
  • Panel discussion
  • Lunch sessions/meet the expert
  • Science Slam
  • Meetings of study and scientific specialist groups

Target audience

Operators, decision-makers, employees, students, doctoral candidates and trainees from

  • Universities and non-university research institutions,
  • Patient and self-help organizations,
  • Hospitals, practices, care services, rehabilitation facilities, etc.,
  • Institutions in the field of quality assurance, evaluation, development of evidence and guidelines, health care policy and profitability in the health system,
  • Self-governing healthcare organizations,
  • Service providers in healthcare & management,
  • Companies in the pharmaceutical industry and medical technology