EurSafety HealthNet

European patient mobility and crossborder health care are of highest priority for Europe. The European commission’s directives and European High court’s decisions in the last years clearly outline healthcare service across the border. Since primary obstacles for crossborder healthcare, such as divergent social funding and insurance systems have been tried to overcome by mutual agreements, differences in quality of healthcare is nowadays one of the most important factors limiting regular crossborder health care. The principle goal of the EurSafety Health‐net is assuring the highest good in medical healthcare, the patient safety (primum non nocere). Therefore, crossborder research is performed and structural changes are initiated in order to understand infectious disease spread across the border and to establish prevention measures to protect patients and the population from infection. The project works alongside the whole Dutch‐German‐Belgium border. In this context especially the protection from infections by antibiotic‐resistant microorganisms (AMR, e.g. MRSA, ESBL) stands in the focus, because in Germany and Belgium they are up to 20 times more frequent than in the Netherlands. On this basis 3 activity lines have been set up:

  1. Regional networks
  2. Research workpackages
  3. Communication and training.

The euregional network building has the task to equalize quality of healthcare on both sides of the border, prevention of healthcare‐associated infections and therefore patient safety need to be addressed in structured way by the synergic efforts of the actors of the healthcare systems on both sides of the border. The major is therefore the creation of a crossborder network of the healthcare services alongside the whole Dutch‐German border euregions Maas‐Rijn, Maas‐Rijn‐Noord, Rijn‐Waal, Gronau‐Enschede, Ems‐Dollart, in order to protect patients seeking healthcare from infections. The research workpackages focus on the (molecular) epidemiology, antibiotic consumption, and molecular risk assessment by analysing virulence factors, intervention studies of prevention programs. This leads to applied and basic research lines in order to understand better the crossborder transmission of infectious diseases and the effectiveness of prevention programs. The communication and training activities assure the training of health care providers in infection prevention and inform regularly the public. Two academies in Oldenburg and Duesseldorf assure the training and continuous education of staff. Furthermore, a network between the project participants is woven by a telematic platform which makes possible the coordinated collection and transfer of data necessary for patient safety and infection prevention in the Euregios. The medical supply will be changed for the better by enhancing patient safety, strengthening quality of healthcare and the medium‐term strategy guarantees an important advantage of location for the Dutch‐German border‐region facilitating at the same time European integration.


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