Resilient Healthcare Hub

Create resilient healthcare systems that can prepare, adapt, respond and learn from crises.

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the vulnerability of our healthcare systems. We had shortages in the workforce and patient beds, and the supply chain was under pressure, combined with poor coordination and governance. Future abrupt or chronic stresses cause similar or even more severe difficulties. That is why this Convergence Collaboration aims to create a Resilient Healthcare Hub where research, education and valorisation lead to resilient healthcare systems that can prepare, adapt, respond, and learn from crises. 


The Resilient Healthcare Collaboration aims to: 

  1. Develop an empirically-derived patient prioritisation model for use under scarcity conditions, and test its combined clinical, economic and ethical impacts.  
  2. Design flexible and intelligent planning algorithms for supplying care when resources are constrained. 
  3. Develop governance processes that ensure professional autonomy and safety culture under stress.  
  4. Incorporate the social and organisational hospital context within the above models, algorithms and processes.  
  5. Integrate planning modules into hospital information system landscapes designed for robustness in emergency and standard situations.  
  6. Develop and conduct awareness and training games for hospital staff to prepare via different simulated stress scenarios.  
  7. Expand and transfer scientific learning to other hospitals and healthcare providers in the broader healthcare system. 
  8. Prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals, researchers and students in resilience preparedness.  

The Resilient Healthcare Hub will be an ecosystem for researchers, students, and practitioners to transfer knowledge initially from resilience in a hospital setting to the broader healthcare system.

Saba Hinrichs-Krapels

TU Delft

Healthy Start Ambition Co-Lead, Associate Professor

Combine expertise 

Researchers within the hub combine expertise in medical decision-making, health economics, mathematical programming, operations and organisation research, healthcare governance, and medical ethics. They will apply and integrate methods from these disciplines to push scientific breakthroughs in designing complex adaptive socio-technical systems, advancing health systems research, and resilience studies.