Europe-wide network activities

The Healthacross Initiative represents Lower Austria in the following EU networks:

WHO Regions for Health Network (WHO RHN)

The network was established in 1992 and encompasses 25 regions in 20 countries in Europe (not limited to EU member states). All network activities are targeted at implementing the new WHO Health 2020 policy. The network developed an implementation plan in order to achieve more equality in access to health care services.

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EUREGHA is a network of regions focused on the health and social care sector. The network encourages cooperation between the regions and the institutions of the European Union. Specialist and detailed information is gathered from the regions and compared to identify those regions that have similar problems or situations. In addition, expert presentations are offered by the regions, countries and the European Commission.

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euPrevent is a network of health care facilities in Lower Austria and the Meuse-Rhine Euregio for the purposes of cross-border cooperation, focusing on health promotion, prevention and patient empowerment. The Healthacross Initiative has been a member of the board since 2014.

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DART (Declining, Ageing and Regional Transformation)

As part of the DART project, funded by the INTERREG IVC programme, 13 European regions from eleven member states came together between spring 2010 and the end of 2012 to share examples of solutions for addressing demographic change and its consequences. The main focus was on the sectors of: traditional and innovative economy; education, lifelong learning and the jobs market; health care & social services. A total of 89 themed projects, methods and approaches were introduced and assessed during joint workshops. The most interesting of these ideas were presented and discussed at three specialist conferences in front of a wider audience of experts.

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The HoNCAB project (Hospital Network for Care Across Borders) is co-financed by the European Commission (Executive Agency for Health & Consumers). The intention is to develop a better understanding of the financial and organisational challenges that can arise when patients are treated outside of their own countries. As part of the project a pilot network of hospitals was created to enable practical experience to be shared, as well as any problems and solutions relating to cross-border health care provision between the member states.

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