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Kick-off event

Building Bridges: cross border resource pooling and Strengthening Healthcare

Hospitals near the border in Euregio face the challenge of providing high-quality care with limited resources. These range from lower capacity in sparsely populated regions and resulting staff shortages to the lack of intensive care beds in the Netherlands or medication shortages in Germany. These issues arise despite both countries having the highest healthcare expenditures and the highest percentage of doctors in the EU, indicating that they are not in a financially sustainable situation. Furthermore, public health (and its associated crises) does not stop at borders.

This is where cross-border resource pooling (lack of coordination, bureaucracy, and cultural differences) becomes crucial. This involves a range of tools and strategies to coordinate and share resources among healthcare institutions. The goal is to narrow gaps in resource and service provision while minimizing waste through resource duplication and unnecessary transportation costs. Through resource pooling, hospitals in the German-Dutch border region can quickly access the necessary resources in case of sudden emergencies without needing to stockpile them. For patients, this means shorter distances and faster access to specialized care.

BRIDGE identifies opportunities for coordinated cross-border resource pooling, develops and implements a digital platform to facilitate this, and provides input for relevant policy decisions. Are you curious about what this project can offer you and what role your hospital can play in it? Come to the Kickoff event on April 11th and discover the possibilities. Join us in revolutionizing healthcare delivery across borders, creating resilient and sustainable healthcare systems for everyone.

Where & When
  • Date: 11 April 2024
  • Time: 15.00 - 17.00
  • Location: TechMed Centre (building no. 18), campus of the University of Twente. Hallenweg 5, Enschede - Netherlands
  • Language: English
  • Format: Live

The programme

15.00 - 15.10

Welcome and the essence of working together in the Euregio
Margriet Dekkers MA, International strategic partnership coordinator for University of Münster (wwu), Germany - University of Twente

15.10 - 15.20

The urgency and challenges of delivering high-quality care with resource constraints 
Prof.dr. Alex Friedrich, CMO & CEO - UKM Münster | video

15.20 - 15.40

Introduction about the BRIDGE project and Q&A
Dr. Caroline Fischer, Project lead BRIDGE - University of Twente

15.40 - 16.40

Workshop: Dashboard to pool resources
The power of the dashboard lies in its ability to contain and distil diverse information types so that users can have a broad overview of a situation in real-time. To be effective, dashboards must contain the needed information, and the information must be provided in a way that feels intuitive. Considering do's, don'ts and best practices we will work together to design a powerful dashboard for resource pooling in our health region. 

16.40 - 16.50

Wrapping up the programme

16.50 - 17.00

Launching the Bridge project

17.00 - 17.30

Informal drinks

For whom

This event is valuable for executives, policymakers from hospitals, healthcare institutions, and government institutions in the Euregio. Scientists and other interested organisations within the healthcare domain are also warmly welcomed to get to know each other and the project better.


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Although this is a free event, keep in mind that registration for this event is not obligation-free. We count on your participation to reserve drinks and food during the program. If you are unable to attend the event for which you have already registered, we kindly ask you to let us know by sending us an email.


This event is an initiative by the partners of the BRIDGE project. 



Project BRIDGE is carried out within the framework of the InterregVI program Germany-Netherlands and is co-financed with EUR 1,497,345.91 by the European Union, MWIKE NRW, as well as the provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland.

Project BRIDGE wordt uitgevoerd in het kader van het InterregVI-programma Deutschland-Nederland en wordt met EUR 1.497.345,91 euro medegefinancierd door de Europese Unie, MWIKE NRW, alsmede de provincies Overijssel en Gelderland.

DasProjektBRIDGE wirdimRahmendes InterregVI-ProgrammsDeutschland-Nederland umgesetztund von der EuropäischenUnion, MWIKE NRW sowieden ProvinzenOverijssel und Gelderland mit1.497.345,91 Euro kofinanziert.