CHARE-GD I SP1 Cross-border Health Data Compass as Basis for Comparative Studies (CHDC, SP1) | Teilprojekt von: Comparison of healthcare structures, processes and outcomes in the Northern German and Dutch cross-border region. (Phase I. CHARE-GD I)


The idea of the CHDC is to support researchers with consolidated and harmonized data from publicly available information sources. Researchers can use interactive spatial analyses based on secondary data as an additional data source for their studies, for example, analyses on the socioeconomic structure of hospital catchment areas.

The diversity of disciplines in the consortium requires a wide range of spatial scales, up to and including spatial models using cartographic grids. The use of these grids in terms of the soundness of disaggregation and small-scale estimators, as well as methodological transparency, represent the research questions for the CHDC.

In our qualitative study with Dutch and German health researchers from the „Cross-Border Institute of Healthcare Systems and Prevention“ initiative (n=9, semistructured interviews), more than half of the participants indicated that spatial aspects play a (at least minor) role in their research. In general, the study found an interest in spatial research questions, but at the same time a reservation about the feasibility of spatial analyses and the potential validity of the results.


This research focuses on accompanying multidisciplinary cross-border health care research by developing a Cross-Border Health Data Compass (CHDC) for the northern Dutch-German border region.


Requirements analysis, visual analytics, web visualization, spatial data science, dashboards.


External Leader

Adriana Pérez Fortis, Scientific coordinator CBI, or
Untersuchung der Lage-Typisierung von Krankenhäusern durch Zonen potenzieller Erreichbarkeit

Specht, Sebastian and Schnack, Helge and Krauskopf, Jan Elmar and Hein, Andreas; AGIT Journal für Angewandte Geoinformatik; 2022

A Cartography of the Effects of Disclosure Control on Small-scale Population Grids in the Context of Municipal Data Requirements in Northwest Germany.

Specht, Sebastian; 30th Annual Geographical Information Science Research UK (GISRUK), Liverpool, United Kingdom, 5th - 8th April 2022; 2022

Stadt, Land, Gesundheitsversorgung

Specht, Sebastian and Schnack, Helge; Gis.Business; 2022

Wie reagieren Krankenhäuser auf den Ärzt:innenmangel? Eine Analyse von Personalbindungsmaßnahmen in Online-Stellenanzeigen

Schnack, Helge and Lubasch, Johanna and Uthoff, SAK and Zinkevich, Anna and Kutzleben, M and Specht, Sebastian and Pawel, A and Ramsauer, H and Ansmann, Lena and Knesebeck, O and Wirtz, Markus; Das Gesundheitswesen; 008 / 2022

Design von Datenmodellen für die kleinräumige Analyse der Ems-Dollart-Grenzregion in der Versorgungsforschung

Sebastian Specht, Andreas Hein, Christian Lüpkes, Mark Schweda; 68. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie e.V. (GMDS); 2023

Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
University of Groningen


Start: 01.03.2021
End: 29.02.2024

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Source of funding

This project was funded by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (MWK) as part of the Niedersächsisches ‘Vorab’ Program. (Grant Agreement No. ZN3730)