The European Commission Directorate-General for Health & Food Safety (DG SANTE) and the Migration Health Division (MHD) of the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Regional Office in Brussels have signed a Direct Agreement for the implementation of the project ‘RE-HEALTH2 - Implementation of the Personal Health Record as a tool for integration of refugees in EU health systems’. This new project is a continuation and expansion of the IOM/EC Re-Health action – ‘Supporting Member States under particular migratory pressure in their response to health related challenges’ (2016-2017) within which, an electronic Personal Health Records (E-PHR) and platform was developed and piloted in four Southern -Eastern EU Member States (Greece, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia).
The Re-Health2 action is expected to contribute to the EU Migration Agenda, the New Skills Agenda for Europe – COM (2016) 381, and the Action Plan on the Integration of Third Country Nationals and the EU Digital Agenda, by consolidating the use of the PHR and the electronic version (e-PHR) as a single tool for refugees and migrants health assessments in EU countries.
Re-Health2 has the overall objective to contribute to the integration of newly-arrived migrants and refugees, including those to be relocated, in the EU Member States’ health systems by identifying health needs and trends and fostering continuity of care within and between countries through the utilization of the PHR/e-PHR. More specifically, it will be focused on:
- Developing a revised version of the PHR/e-PHR;
- Consolidating the use of the tool and its electronic version;
- Provision of migrants’ health status reports; and
- Fostering model of health care provision, including peer health mediation and capacity building of health mediators via face to face and online training.
Re-Health2 is co-funded through the EU Health Work Programme 2014-2020, under the Annual work plan 2017.