German-Austrian Health Forum

You are cordially invited to the German-Austrian Health Forum, which we are organising together with Advantage Austria. We bring together health professionals, company representatives and political decision-makers. The aim of this forum is to promote an exchange of ideas and to discuss the challenges and opportunities that companies operating in Slovenia face in this sector.

We want to provide valuable insights into the current state and reform of the public health systems in Germany, Austria and Slovenia. Our experts will highlight the similarities, differences and challenges that each of the three countries and their respective healthcare sectors face. In addition, we will give an insight into the digitalization of the health care system based on valuable experiences from Finland.


08:30 - 09:00 Arrival and registration

09:00 - 09:15 Welcome address:

  • Dagmar von Bohnstein, President of German-Slovene Chamber of Commerce (AHK)
  • Wilhelm Nest, MSc, Director, Advantage Austria for Slovenia, and Kosovo (AA)
  • Alenka Kolar, PhD, Director General, Directorate for Digitalisation in Healthcare

9:15 - 10:30 

Short presentations:

Healthcare in focus: Presenting the Current State of the Public Healthcare Systems

  • Germany: Philipp WienPhD, Director Health Economy, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, (online)
  • Austria: Alexander Biach, PhD, Deputy Head, Vienna Chamber of Commerce, and Industry
  • Slovenia: Petra Došenović Bonča, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana

Moderated panel discussion:

The public health system - exploring differences, discovering similarities, confronting challenges

Panelists: see above


10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break and networking

11:00 - 11:15 Keynote:

"Finland - The digital future of healthcare"

  • Lotta Westerlund, Deputy Managing Director AHK Finland (online)

11:15 - 12:00 Company presentations:

Digital solutions in the healthcare sector 

  • Jan Šömen, Digital Portfolio Executive, Siemens Healthcare
  • Elke Zens, CEO, Ilvi Gmbh
  • Jakob Pieber, Business Development Manager,PH Predicting Health GmbH

12:00 - 13:00 Moderated panel discussion: 

Key Challenges for Companies Operating in Slovenia

  • Barbara Stegel, Secretary General, Forum of International Research and Development Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Mateja Lenčič, Head of Customer Centre, Merkur zavarovalnica d. d.
  • Tanja Štamec, Regional Manager, Hagleitner


13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking


Language: English

Moderator: Tjaša Zajc


*In case of non-attendance despite registration, the participant will be charged an organisation fee of €80 + VAT.


Grand Hotel Union

Miklošičeva cesta 1
Ljubljana, Slovenia

If you have any questions please contact Tina Drolc

Contact Organizer

+386 30451888

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