Past Projects

Over the years, EHMA has built a long history and impressive track record in managing and participating in numerous EU-funded projects. EHMA main expertise relates to project management, as well as dissemination of research results.

TO-REACH prepared a joint European research programme aimed at producing research evidence supporting healthcare services and systems to become more resilient, effective, equitable, accessible, sustainable and comprehensive in Europe, and abroad. The project developed the Strategic Research Agenda of the joint research programme and two policy briefs addressed to policy-makers and health system managers.

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MULTI-ACT aimed to increase the impact of health research on people with brain diseases. Its objective was to create and implement a new model allowing for the cooperation of all relevant stakeholders. The project worked with patients and patient organisations, academics, private and public stakeholders to develop brand new tools to define the value and scope of health research and new metrics for the evaluation of its results.

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The SUSTAIN project aimed to improve integrated care for older people living at home with multiple health and social care needs. It lasted four years and was divided into three interrelated phases (preparation, research implementation, and translation to products). A European multidisciplinary consortium worked towards the objectives of improving established integrated care initiatives for older people living at home with multiple health and social care needs, and ensuring that improvements to the integrated care initiatives are applicable and adaptable to other health systems and regions in Europe.

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IC-Health was an Horizon 2020 project aimed to develop a series of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to help improve the digital health literacy of European citizens. MOOCSs were developed in eight languages (English, French, Italian, Danish, German, Swedish, Dutch and Spanish). Countries involved in the pilot were Spain, Italy, Belgium, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Denmark.

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Funded under the European Commission’s FP7 Programme, IBenC aimed to identify best practices in community care delivery for dependent elderly by benchmarking the cost-effectiveness of health care systems, taking into account costs of care, quality of care and the organisation of European community care organisations.

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The European population is ageing rapidly, but living longer does not always mean an active, healthier and independent life. To tackle this major societal issue, the European Commission launched the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIPAHA), gathering key stakeholders from the public and private sectors to work together towards innovative solutions that meet the needs of ageing population. To support the EIPAHA activities, the European Commission, through the Horizon 2020 programme, funded the PROEIPAHA project aimed to support EIPAHA activities, to increase the impact of the EIPAHA at systemic level and to help the EIPAHA to innovate itself, making it fit for the future.

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CHRODIS was a European collaboration bringing together over 60 associated and collaborating partners from national and regional departments of health and research institutions, from 26 Member States. The partners worked together to identify, validate, exchange and disseminate good practice on chronic diseases across EU Member States and to facilitate its uptake across local, regional and national borders.

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In the near future Europe will face significant shortages of health workers. Demand, need and supply of the health workforce are influenced by multiple factors like ageing population, ageing workforce, rising care use and rising costs in a context of budget constraints. The Joint Action aimed to improve health workforce planning and forecasting mechanisms.

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ENGAGED was a Thematic Network aimed to build a learning community of stakeholders from different backgrounds and different European countries to nurture the emergence of innovative and sustainable active and healthy ageing (AHA) services that make best use of technology. It was 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.

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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.

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The EU Network for Patient Safety and Quality of Care (PaSQ) was 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.

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Momentum was 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 were either running as part of mainstream service delivery (routine care) or which had been discontinued. The data collected enable MOMENTUM to make public case studies and descriptions of telemedicine initiatives that were working successfully, but at the same time learning from the cases where services had been discontinued.

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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 had the overall aim of raising awareness about cancer 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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The European Collaboration for Health Optimization (ECHO) project was an international effort to bring together the hospital databases of several European countries and make the data available via an online summary tool.

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 to lay the foundations for a future EU Sector Council, including 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 7th 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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 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.

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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.

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HealthACCESS was funded under the European Commission 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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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 the recruitment and promotion of staff into senior management positions and in a more coordinated approach of services to ensure they are designed for all citizens. The key element was the engagement of senior managers of both services and have them working with representatives of discriminated groups to ensure that the learnings would lead to strategies being put in place.

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 involved 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 is the acronym for Care and Management of Services for Older people in Europe Network, a thematic network supported by the European Commission ‘Quality of Life and Management of Human Resources’ Programme from 2001 to 2004. The project was part of the 5th Framework Programme of DG Research.

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