The meeting was an opportunity for partners to update each other on the latest progress as well as next steps. In particular, during the meeting the discussions focused on:
- next steps for the setting up of a web-based application which will be used by hospitals to collect cross-border patients’ information according to pre-defined variables such as socio-demographic, health-related and administration variables. After the piloting of the web-based application (July-August 2013), selected hospitals will participate in a specific training programme in autumn 2013, in order to standardise procedures among the participating countries.
- content and modalities for the administration of a questionnaire, which will gather the feedback from patients on their satisfaction with the quality of care received and reimbursement. The data collection process will officially start in November 2013;
- a protocol outlining the organisational structure of the Network of Hospitals, roles and responsibilities as well as procedures for its expansion, including requirements for participation.