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Project title:

Economic Modelling in Health Care

Time of implementation: 01.06. - 30.11.2018

Involved countries and institutions:

1. Latvia: Riga Stradins University

2. Germany: University of Greifswald, Chair of General Business Administration and Health Management

3. Germany: University of Wuppertal, Department of Production and Logistics

4. Germany: Olav Goetz | Health Care Simulation and Consulting, Leipzig

5. United Kingdom: University of Exeter, Medical School

Aim(s) of the project:

The main aim of the project is to increase knowledge and competences of Baltic sea region health care and health management professionals in the field of economic modelling. Healthcare is one of the most important sectors. In addition to the medical treatment of patients, economic aspects also play an increasingly important role. Thus, the institutions and actors are exposed to a constant change in the legal, financial and socioeconomic conditions. In particular, demographic change poses major challenges to those involved, especially in rural areas. The development of suitable, sustainable concepts to ensure high-quality health care in the future also represents an outstanding and important task.
Developing suitable concepts requires a fundamental understanding of the respective health systems and their mechanisms, which can be conveyed in an international exchange in the form of the planned project. In particular, the modelling of systems enables a well-founded examination of the considered systems and their mechanisms. These insights can be used for simulations and generate a positive effect in the field of health care. Topics such as process management, process modelling and optimisation, but also the modelling and simulation of costs within the health sector as well as disease development cover a variety of possible fields of application for modelling in the healthcare sector. These topics are to be presented during the International Summer School “Economic Modelling in Health Care” organised within the framework of the project, giving a comprehensive insight into the current German teaching and research practice and enabling further education and cooperation.


- Daiga Behmane (Riga, LV)

- Prof. Dr. Steffen Flessa (Greifswald; D)

- Dr. Olav Goetz (Leipzig, D)

- Dipl.-Kfm. Markus Krohn (Greifswald, D)

- Dr. Sean Manzi (Exeter, UK)

- Prof. Dr. Martin Pitt (Exeter, UK)

- Prof. Dr. Sebastian Rachuba (Wuppertal, D)

Target group:

Direct target group are public health actors in the Baltic States, Germany, England, Finland and other participating countries:

- medical and nursing staff;

- management of health care facilities (hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation, etc.);

- representatives of health institutions;

- researchers and academic staff of the project universities;

- students from the fields of health management, health economics, public health and medicine as well as economics (depending on the number of participants and the number of students, a large number of students benefit from the methodology).

It is planned that in total 30 International Summer School “Economic Modelling in Health Care” participants of above mentioned target groups will benefit from the project activities.


Indirect target group:

- students from the fields of health management, health economics, public health and medicine, as well as economics;

- hospitals and health institutions;

- health care governmental bodies.

Main activities of the project and possible venues where the project activities will take place:

  1. Organising of preparatory workshop (Riga, LV, Riga Stradiņš University).
  2. Organising of International Summer School "Economic Modeling in Health Care" (Riga, LV, Riga Stradiņš University).
  3. Development and publication of informative and study material based on International Summer School results (Riga Stradins University, project partner universities).


Public events in the frame of the project:

  1. International Summer School "Economic Modeling in Healthcare" from August 20th to 24th, 2018 in Riga (Stradiņš University Riga):
    • Lectures
    • Workshops
    • Panel Discussions