In Germany and other European countries, asylum seekers are often distributed to remote and closed-off centers, where medical care is provided on-site. Reliable data on the health and health care of asylum-seekers is required to enable appropriate and responsive medical care in these settings,. In Germany, however, such data is lacking locally, regionally and nation-wide.

This lack of data stems from the continued use of heterogeneous, unsystematic and often paper-based medical records in the provision of medical care in reception centers. This greatly impedes the exchange of patient information for treatment purposes, threatens the continuity of care and prevents any systematic, comparable and timely analysis of medical routine data.

The objective of the project, therefore, is to improve availability and quality of health data for the asylum seeking population in German reception centres through the development and implementation of

(1) electronic medical records tailored to care provision in reception centres (RefCare©), and

(2) by using a “hive approach” to enable routine, multi-centre surveillance and reporting of health and health care based on defined health indicators that are comparable between facilities, regions, and over time.