The aim of the online health database is threefold: to enhance knowledge amongst stakeholders about refugees’ and migrants’ health needs; to ensure that migrant health assessment records are available at transit and destination countries; and to strengthen national and cross-border disease surveillance and response capacities.
PHR AND ACCOMPANYING HANDBOOK FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
The Personal Health Record (PHR) was developed by the Migration Health Division of the International Organization for Migration with the support from the European Commission and the contribution from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The PHR is a personal document that migrants and refugees should keep with them and that contains the individual’s health data and information. The PHR will help HPs get a comprehensive view of the person’s health status and needs during clinical encounters and/or treatment.
The PHR is accompanied by a Handbook to be used by health professionals. It provides guidance to HPs on the use of the PHR and, in more general terms, the health assessment process for migrants and refugees.
An electronic version of the PHR is developed and will be piloted in the framework of this project.
ELECTRONIC DATABASE AND E-PLATFORM DEVELOPMENT
The electronic health database is based on the Health Assessment (HA) component of MIMOSA database. MIMOSA was first developed in 2001 to capture migrants’ information in order to provide better services to migrants that IOM was assisting. By 2010 it was used in 92 sites (1200 workstations) and consisted of 7 modules. Among which the Medical for management of health assessments, pre-departure medical screening, and other medical services (used in the USA and Australia). An upgraded version of the platform was launched in 2010 and is used as base for the Re-Health Platform.
The application is for external use and only those with granted access can enter it (i.e. admin. and medical practitioners). Different levels of permission (i.e. registration, signing medical services, and filling medical forms) can be granted. Data can be extracted in single (one PHR) or aggregated form and exported to Excel or Pdf.
For more information on the Electronic Personal Health Record (E-PHR), see the poster.
Regarding the collection of patient data, a legal frame is built on the following regulations with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data:
- International Health Regulations (IHRs) 2005
- Built-in Consent form in compliance with Member States’ regulations
- EU Legislation on Communicable diseases
- EU definition of reportable diseases
- IOM’s Data Protection Principles
- Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals
- All national legislations with regard to data protection
TRAINING ON THE UTILIZATION OF PHR DATABASE AND E-PLATFORM
In-person or virtual training on the PHR database and e-platform is performed in coordination with national health authorities.