After the initial piloting phase of the Personal Health Record (PHR) within the Re-Health action, and in line with the EU Migration Agenda, the New Skills Agenda for Europe - Commission Communication COM(2016) 381 in its part related to the integration of third country nationals and the Action Plan on the Integration of Third Country Nationals - Commission Communication COM(2016) 377, the aim of this project is to consolidate the use of the PHR/e-PHRs as a single tool for health assessments in EU countries and to develop a revised version of the electronic tool after its first piloting phase.

Therefore, the Re-Health2 - Implementation of the Personal Health Record as a tool for integration of refugees in EU health systems - project, 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 through the utilization of the PHR/e-PHR - a universal EU tool for health assessments that aims at improving the continuity of care, making medical records available to health professionals within and from reception to destination countries, and facilitating data collection to better understand and meet migrants’ and refugees’ health needs as also through supporting and fostering use of and capacity-building of health mediators. Ultimately, the project will contribute to the EU Digital Strategy by demonstrating the feasibility and limitations of such a system, which then can, if positive, be further up taken /taken in to consideration by e-(Health) EU related entities. 

The project is sub-divided into three work packages: electronic health database, Consolidation of the use of the PHR/e-PHR, and capacity building, aiming at achieving the following specific objectives:

  1. To develop a revised version of the PHR/e-PHR to better address EU Member States and migrants/refugees’ needs, after the first phase of implementation and according to recommendations resulting from the piloting within the Re-Health project by month 3 of project implementation while updates and upgrades will be done through the duration of the project;
  2. To consolidate the use of the PHR/e-PHR with the view to demonstrate the feasibility and limitations of such a system; 
  3. Building the capacity of health mediators, selected among the migrant/refugee population, in targeted countries, in respect to migrants’/refugees’ health needs and the added value of the PHR/e-PHR.

For more information see the project's Infosheet 

Electronic Health Database Consolidation of the use of the PHR/e-PHR Capacity building
The PHR/e-PHR and related electronic platform will be revised to better meet the needs of stakeholders involved in the provision of health care to migrants and the general population (national and regional authorities, civil society organizations, etc.) as well as migrants/refugees’ needs. The second phase of implementation will consolidate the use of the PHR/e-PHR with the view to demonstrate the feasibility and limitations of such a system. The implementation is planned to be continued in the countries where the tool was initially piloted as well as in new sites.  Trainings on Migration Health for Cultural Mediators will be organized to impart mediators with the necessary knowledge on migrants’ needs in respect to  health care and mediation as well as to enable them to understand the added value of the PHR/e-PHR and related database.

The public deliverables of the Re-Healthproject can be found here.