Fifth ATHEA Conference

Improving efficiency in healthcare systems
Vienna, 28th February 2020

Digital solutions in healthcare as well as personalised medicine are expected to rapidly change the way healthcare is delivered. This will require major adaptions by the system and consequentially, reallocation of resources. Due to demographic change, overall healthcare expenditures are likely to continue to rise. Healthcare systems therefore need to know where efficiency gains can set free means for reallocation, and the expected abundance of new services needs to be evaluated in order to separate the wheat from the chaff.

However, as in medicine, diagnosis is just the starting point. Agents on all levels of the healthcare system, i.e. patients, professionals, payers and policy makers, are exposed to numerous incentives that impact their decisions. In order to reorganise healthcare delivery, policy makers need to understand what hinders or furthers the use of new technologies and superior ways of healthcare delivery and how these incentives can be made more compatible with overall system goals.

The fifth ATHEA conference will reflect on this line of thought with two keynote lectures and special sessions on the conference day, 28th of February 2020.

We are happy to announce two renowned keynote speakers:

  • Jeanette Brosig-Koch (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
  • Jonas Schreyögg (University of Hamburg, Germany)

Jeanette Brosig-Koch is director of the Essen Laboratory for Experimental Economics and professor of quantitative economic policy at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Jonas Schreyögg is head of the Hamburg Center for Health Economics (HCHE) at the University of Hamburg, professor for management in healthcare and member of the Sachverständigenrat Gesundheit.

As in previous years, abstract submissions in all fields of health economics and health policy, including long-term care, are welcome and not restricted to the conference topic.

Deadline abstract submission (max. 500 words): extended to 7th of January 2020 to

Notification of accepted abstracts: extented to 20th of January 2020

Registration for non-presenters: per email to

Conference venue: Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS), Josefstädter Straße 39, 1080 Vienna, Austria

Conference languages: English, German

Conference fee: 45 Euro

Download: Programme of 5th ATHEA Conference

Download: Book of Abstracts of 5th ATHEA Conference