On October 30, 2012, the International Conference “Viable Healthcare: Innovation-Based Development” took place at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

For a long period of time, RANEPA has been the leading competency centre for unique medical managers training programs, which have no analogues in Russia. Its leadership in this educational market segment was confirmed when the Academy became a new annual discussion platform uniting the leading state and market structure experts.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Olga Golodets and Rector of the Presidential Academy Vladimir Mau opened the Conference. After the welcoming speech, Vladimir Mau said that the interest on the part of the participants has significantly surpassed the organizers’ expectations. He emphasized that “Beginning to organize the conference, we expected it to be a small event, but as the preparations advanced, it turned out to be a much more popular and attractive event”. He also remarked that the conference is held on the threshold of the Gaidar Forum which is to take place on January 16-19, 2013.

Among the speakers were: Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Health of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Zelensky, Director of the Department of Fiscal Policy in the Social Sphere and Science of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, Sergey Kovalev, First Deputy Head of the Business Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, Ortwin Schulte, Head of the Division of the Federal Ministry of Health of Germany, Valery Ochirov, President of the United National Association of Business Aviation, Aleksandr Popov, Chief Physician of the Centre of Medical Evacuation and Emergency Medical Assistance “All-Russian Centre for Disaster Medicine “Zaschita”, and many others.

In the course of the conference, topical issues of the budget sphere reforms in health care were touched upon. Particularly, Olga Golodets imparted that in the following years, 1.5 times as much should be spend on the health care financing in Russia. “Nowadays, our expenses are too small, they amount to about 3.6% of GDP. In the near term, this index is to be accrued to 5-5.5% of GDP”. The Deputy Prime Minister for Social Issues added that modernization program would be continued when additional finance sources were found. “We are constantly discussing prolongation of modernization program. This message originates in the regions and health care branches”, Olga Golodets remarked.

Director of the Department of Fiscal Policy in the Social Sphere and Science of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation Vladimir Zelensky submitted information on the existence of a test indicator – state health care expenses should amount to about 5.2-5.5% of GDP by 2020. This indicator was defined by the Concept of long-term social and economic development of Russia. In his speech, Vladimir Zelensky also outlined the goals of state and municipal institutions’ reform, including the following ones: improving state services, increasing the availability of municipal services and enhancing state institutions efficiency.

Various health care management models were examined at the conference. Minister of Health of the Russian Federation Veronika Skvortsova remarked that today’s main mission is to provide free medical aid to all the country citizens on equal terms. In her report, the Minister of Heath responded to the question how to balance social equality with enhancement of medical aid and its innovation character. According to Veronika Skvortsova, “The only model enabling it is mandatory state insurance. This model allows “tearing off” medical aid functions and its standards constituting unified quality demands for all country citizens, from infrastructure which should cease being state and monopolistic. It will be able to be state, industry-sponsored and private.”

Chief Physician of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “Clinical Hospital” under the Business Administration of the President of the Russian Federation Elena Yashina demonstrated the methods of efficient application of information systems in medical institution management. She told about possible informatization results as well as difficulties and advantages of its use as exemplified by the Clinical Hospital. For example, Hospital surgical work may be deemed as a positive informatization consequence. In comparison with the year 2007, in 2011 a number of the performed operations increased by 90%.

As RANEPA actively supports the revival of Russia's sanitary aviation, the event was concluded with the session “The Golden Hour of Transportation”, focusing on the current technical and technological development of this sphere. The helicopter Eurocopter EC145 flew to the RANEPA’s grounds specifically for the demonstration within the framework of this conference session.

The Conference was organized by: RANEPA, Business Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, Ernst & Young, Janssen and Novartis.

The Conference partners were: Implanta, Bell Helicopter, Jet Transfer and the French – German – Spanish Group Eurocopter.
ACIG Group of Companies was responsible for the organizational issues.