Past Projects

In this page you can find brief overview summaries of past EU funded project EHMA was involved in. For more information, please write to


Patient empowerment is considered a potential tool to reduce healthcare costs and improve efficiency of the health systems, reinforcing healthcare quality. Patient empowerment has become an element of high priority in the EU health strategy, supported by national and regional health authorities. Building on already existing e-health platforms and services in the participating regions, the PALANTE project focused on the implementation, scaling up and optimisation of 9 demonstration pilots based on the concept of secure and user friendly online access by citizens to their medical/health data.

For further information on PALANTE, please click here.


The EU Network for Patient Safety and Quality of Care (PaSQ) is a Joint Action (JA) between the European Commission and the 27 EU Member States. This extensive network brought together the health authorities of the EU Member States, representatives of the European medical community (doctors, nurses, managers of healthcare organisations), patient associations as well as international organisations and the European Commission.

For further information about the PaSQ Joint Action, please click here.


Momentum is a platform where key players in telemedicine shared their knowledge and experience in deploying telemedicine services into routine care. Momentum launched a questionnaire that focuses only on telemedicine services which are either running as part of mainstream service delivery (routine care) or which have been discontinued, i.e. they are no longer running. Telemedicine services, which are currently under development and/or testing and which are running under special conditions like project funding and support are not the subject of this questionnaire. The data collected enable MOMENTUM to make public case studies and descriptions of telemedicine initiatives that are currently working successfully, but at the same time learning from the cases where services have been discontinued.

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ENGAGED is a Thematic Network that will build a learning community of stakeholders, from different backgrounds and from across different European countries, to nurture the emergence of innovative and sustainable active and healthy ageing (AHA) services that make best use of technology. Stakeholders of the whole value chain will participate. It is a network of networks with 15 partners that come from two backgrounds: they are either specialist EU-level networks active in the field of active and healthy ageing or they are key regional, research and knowledge partners. Each partner brings access either directly or through its members to front-line experience, or they offer key skill sets related to community building, digital engagement, research and analysis.

For further information about the project please click here.

ECHO – European Collaboration for Healthcare Optimization (2010-2013)

The European Collaboration for Health Optimization (ECHO) project is an international effort to bring together the hospital databases of several European countries and make the data available via an online summary tool. EHMA is responsible for the dissemination of project results. Emerging evidence from ECHO will be shared with a wide variety of target groups, including policy-makers, managers, and practitioners.

A special supplement for the European Journal of Public Health has recently been released in February 2015 to culminate five years of work on the project. For more information, please visit the ECHO website.

EPAAC European Partnership for Action Against Cancer

The European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC) is an EU level initiative launched in 2009 and taken forward through a Joint Action (JA) funded and coordinated by the European Commission and the EU Member States.
EPAAC has the overall aim of raising awareness about cancer promotion and prevention, especially among target groups in Europe, by disseminating the European Code Against Cancer using proven communication strategies and messages, and by engaging policy-makers at the European, national, and subnational levels.

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Feasibility Study on the establishment of an EU Sector Council on Employment and Skills for Nursing and the associated Care Workforce

This study analysed the feasibility of establishing an EU Sector Council on Employment and Skills for Nursing and the associated Care Workforce. The goal was e to lay the foundations for a future EU Sector Council. This included developing consensus on the scope, activities and mandate of the Sector Council, and engaging with the relevant stakeholders, particularly the social partners.

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As labour markets become more interconnected, both globally and within the EU, health workforce policies at national level and the movement of professionals between countries are increasingly under the spotlight. The scale of professional mobility, the range of occupational cadres involved, the numbers seeking work in other sectors, and the potential impact on health systems as professionals move are all causes for concern. Funded through the Seventh Framework Programme, HEALTH PROMeTHEUS,contributed to the discussion by filling a substantial part of the knowledge gap on the magnitude and impact of health professionals moving to other countries.

For further information about the porject and access the project publications, please click here.

EURO-DRG (2009 – 2011)

The EURO-DRG Project aimed to identify regional and structural factors for adjusting hospitalisation costs (whilst not losing sight of variations in treatment patterns). Alongside harmonisation of classification systems, adjusting for these factors is a fundamental pre-requisite for meaningful, cross-national comparisons of healthcare providers in Europe. A second objective was to investigate the role that the quality of care plays to explain costs. If the quality of care is worse in hospitals with lower costs or shorter length of stay this could hold important implications for European DRG system, and to the relationship between quality measures and DRGs.

Developing Public Health Capacity in the EU (2010)
A review of the capacity of EU Member States to develop and implement public health policies and interventions

The European Commission (EAHC and DG Sanco) contracted a consortium of organisations representing the major professional organisations in public health in Europe to review the current public health capacity in Europe and to make recommendations for EU action and support.

The Consortium was formed by EuroHealthNet, EUPHA, IUHPE, ASPHER and EHMA, under the leadership of the Department of International Health of Maastricht University and with the support of the WHO European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and GEOMED.

SHARE: Making IT Work for Health (2006-2008)

SHARE (“Supporting and structuring Healthgrid Activities and Research in Europe: developing a roadmap”), was a FP6 project that began on 1 January 2006 and ended on 31 March 2008. SHARE has sought to develop a roadmap for the developments (technological and otherwise) necessary for a successful take-up of HealthGrids in the next 10 years. Grids refer to a type of super-computing that enables computers to use the computing capacity, the data, or the knowledge of other computers at a distance.

For further information about the project please click here.

HealthQuest – Quality in and Equality of Access to Healthcare Services (2007-2008)

Even in European health care systems that in principle grant universal, or near universal rights to health care, barriers to access for a significant number of individuals still exist. This can be the case for person on social assistance benefits or be due to language or cultural barriers. Low educational status, for example, often results in lack of knowledge and information on basic rights and the ways of access to health care. For others, barriers of access to health care is one of the multiple facets of their overall thread of social exclusion as is the case for drug addicts or homeless people.

The project sought to to identify and analyse barriers to access to health care services.

For further information and access the reports, please click here.

Legally eHealth: Study on Legal and Regulatory Aspects of eHealth (2006)

The study on Legal and Regulatory aspects of eHealth had the central objective of contributing to the Actions of the eHealth Communication and Action Plan that addressed the need to establish greater legal certainly in Europe with respect to the practice of eHealth service delivery and the use of eHealth tools within the context of the existing legal framework of relevant EU level legislation.

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Mapping Health Services Access: National and Cross-Border Issues – HealthACCESS (2004-2006)

HealthACCESS was funded under the EC Public Health Programme, Luxembourg. The project ran from 2004 to 2006 and was managed by EHMA. The project mapped:

  • Access issues within 10 selected countries, which either encourage or prohibit cross-border flows
  • Structures, contacts and procedures established within countries to ensure access to health services between countries.

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Health Benefits and Service costs in Europe- HealthBASKET (2004-2007)

HealthBASKET was a part of the Specific Targeted Research or innovation project in the European Commission’s 6th Framework programme (Grant: SP21-CT-2004-501588). The project was launched in April 2004 and was completed in March 2007. The participating countries included Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

For more details on HealthBASKET, its reports and participants please click here.

Tackling Health Inequalities and Social Exclusion in Europe (2002-2005)

This project was coordinated by EuroHealthNet on behalf of NHS Scotland and was funded by DG Employment and Social Affairs (DG EMPL) under Strand 2 of the EU Action Programme to combat social exclusion. The project invloved twelve public health agencies and institutes across Europe, as well as the European Health Management Association and one Primary Care Trust from the UK.

Carmen NetworK (2001-2004)

CARMEN is the acronym for Care and Management of Services for Older people in Europe Network, a thematic network and supported by the European Commission “Quality of Life and Management of Human Resources” Programme from 2001 to 2004. The project was part of the DG Research Fifth Framework Programme.

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Managing Diversity in public health and social care in the interest of all citizens – a strategic approach to combating discrimination in and by public administrations (2000-2006)

As part of the Community Action Programme to Combat Discrimination 2000-2006 (DG Employment and Social Affairs), EHMA and the European Social Network (ESN) jointly shared the management of this project.

The aim of this project was to combat discrimination in health and social services, both in terms of services provided in the recruitment and promotion of staff into senior management positions and in a more coordinated approach by both services, to ensure the services are provided and designed for all citizens. The key element was the engagement of senior managers of both services working with the representatives of discriminated groups to ensure learning takes place leading to strategies being put in place.