Enhancing Healthcare Cooperation in Cross-border Regions

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Introduction

More than one in three Europeans live in a cross-border territory. Cooperation between health services, facilities, providers and authorities has the potential to transform proximity to a border from a common problem to a joint opportunity leading to better health outcomes, local innovation, jobs, and growth.

Setting up cooperation projects across borders is notoriously tricky. But it needn’t be that way. This is why the European Commission is organising the Conference "Enhancing Healthcare Cooperation in Cross-border Regions" on 4 December 2018, to present the results of a pioneering mapping study of successful cooperation projects and its toolkit for practitioners interested in setting up cross-border cooperation themselves.

Aimed principally at professionals in the health and cooperation fields, this compact event showcases good practices and creative solutions in cross-border health cooperation, and the challenges that border regions have encountered and overcome.

Examples of health cooperation vary from information-sharing, to streamlined patient mobility, to jointly managed hospitals, innovative technologies and eHealth solutions.

Tuesday 4 December 2018

MODERATOR:

Willy Palm, Senior Expert

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
9.15 – 9.30

OPENING

Anne Bucher, Director-General Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE)

Lena Andersson Pench, Director European Territorial Cooperation, Macro-regions, Interreg and Programme Implementation (DG REGIO)

9.30 – 11.00

Panel I – FRAMING EU CROSS BORDER HEALTH COOPERATION

Interventions from:

Julia Bobek, Researcher  Presentation PDF
Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (GOEG)

Matthias Wismar, Senior Health Policy Analyst
European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Ana Carla Pereira, Head of Unit Modernisation of Social Protection Systems
Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion (DG EMPL)

11.00 – 11.15

Coffee Break

11.15– 13.00

Panel II – CROSS-BORDER HEALTH COOPERATION, A CROSS-CUTTING POLICY AND CROSS INSTITUTIONAL CONCERN

Interventions from:

Andrzej Jan Rys, Director Health Systems, Medical Products and Innovation Presentation PDF

Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE)

Ivo Belet, Member of Parliament

European Parliament

Alain de Muyser, Secretary General

Benelux Union

Karsten-Uno Petersen, Regional Councillor

Committee of the Regions (CoR)

Francesc Bonet, Director-General Presentation PDF

Cerdanya Hospital

14.15 – 16.00

WORKSHOPS – PRESENTATION OF CASES (PARALLEL WORKSHOPS)

Workshop 1 – Direct services to citizens: Treatment, Diagnostics and Emergency Care

Case 1.1 – Jacques Devillers, (FR-BE) Presentation PDF
Case 1.2 – Christine Donohoe, National contact point Ireland 
Case 1.3 - Åsa Hofsten and Bodil Landstad, VälTel (NO-SE) Presentation PDF 
Case 1.4 – Peter Zeisberger and Patrick Jouin, Trisan (FR-DE) Presentation PDF

Workshop 2 – Enabling factors to improve healthcare providers: Workforce Training and High-Cost Capital Investments

Case 2.1 – Maria Gizewska, RARESCREEN (DE-PL) Presentation PDF
Case 2.2 – Kirsten Kittenberger and Julia Winkler, Healthacross for future (AT-CZ) Presentation PDF
Case 2.3 – Daniela Elena Batula, Dolj/Vratsa Health (RO-BG) Presentation PDF
Case 2.4 – Jean Louis Valls, Medical emergency services in the Pyrenees (FR-ES) Presentation PDF

Workshop 3 – Innovation and knowledge production: Knowledge sharing, management and cross-border care research

Case 3.1 – Reinhard Voll and Florence Dancoisne, EUCOR/RARENET (Upper-Rhine FR-CH-DE) Presentation PDF
Case 3.2 – Sandra Sodini, ITI Salute-Szdrastzvo (IT-SI) Presentation PDF
Case 3.3 – Brigitte Van der Zanden, EU Prevent (Euregio Meuse-Rhin) Presentation PDF
Case 3.4 – Dzenita Hukic and Aida Spahić, NeurNet (Croatia-Bosnia Herzegovina-Montenegro) Presentation PDF

16.00 – 17.15 Panel III – THE WAY AHEAD – PERSPECTIVES FOR CROSS-BORDER HEALTH COOPERATION IN EUROPE

Interventions from:

Dirk Peters, Senior Expert

Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO)

Nick Batey, Chair

European Regional and Local Health Authorities (EUREGHA)

Martin Guillermo, Secretary General

Association of European Border Regions (AEBR)

Henri Lewalle, President, COTRANS Presentation PDF

Coordinator, GEIE OBSERVATOIRE EUROPEEN DE LA SANTE
17.15 – 17.30

CONCLUDING REMARKS

Marc Lemaitre, Director-General 
Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO)

Enhancing Healthcare Cooperation in Cross-border Regions