Electronic Personal Health Record Proves its Efficiency
Electronic Personal Health Record (e-PHR) proves to be an efficient tool for registering, tracking and monitoring of the migrants’ health in Europe and in the countries participating in IOM’s Re-Health2 project including Serbia. This was one of the main conclusions of the meeting “Migrants` Health – A Multi sectoral Challenge”, organized by International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Serbia in partnership with the Primary Health Center Palilula on 27 February 2018 in Belgrade.
The event gathered key stakeholders active in providing health care services to migrants in Serbia, national ministerial level in Serbia, national and Belgrade’s health care centers and public health institutions, international governmental and non-governmental agencies and local NGOs.
Dr Vesna Knjeginjic, Assistant Minister of Health of the Republic of Serbia, opened the meeting and used this opportunity to express full ministerial support to the implementation of Re-Health2 activities in Serbia.
The meeting was opportunity to discuss challenges of different stakeholders responding to migration health at various levels in Serbia and EU. In addition, Migrant Health Division - MHD RO Brussels presented current migration health developments in Europe and lessons learned from implementation of the Re-Health and current developments under Re-Health2, as well as benefits that health care systems can have from this universal EU tool for health assessment. The system enables health professional access to medical records of migrants from the reception to destination country.
During the first two months of the implementation of Re-Health2 in Serbia, more than 400 electronic Personal Health records (e-PHRs) of migrants were generated by health professionals providing service in Branch of Primary Health Center Palilula, operating within Asylum Center of Krnjaca, Belgrade. IOM in Serbia supported this effort by provision of two Health Mediators, IT equipment and training to all staff.
The event was also opportunity for the national and international key stakeholders, IOM Serbia and IOM MHD RO Brussels to discuss ways to improve cooperation in migration health in the future and how e-PHR and its web based platform can be further used for development of national system for registering and monitoring of migrants’ health parameters. Republican Institute of Public Health Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut will take care on this in the future, based on IOM’s experience with Re-Health2 in Serbia and e-PHR.