CIGNA International has launched an international health assessment for their mobile workforce to identify employees’ health risks early before they can lead to illness and potentially jeopardize an employee’s assignment.

According to CIGNA, the assessment, part of the CIGNA International Expatriate Benefits (CIEB) standard health plan, was developed by vielife, a London-based CIGNA company. It enables expatriates to complete the interactive, multilingual, multicultural health and wellness questionnaire online in about 20 minutes using CIEB’s secure web site.

In addition, the voluntary and confidential assessment can be localized and customized with questions relevant to specific geographic regions. It is expected to be available by the end of 2010 in 20 languages.

The company said that by using the appropriate questionnaire for their language and location, employees answer a series of questions about their health habits and lifestyle. Immediately upon completion, they receive an electronic report identifying their top health risks along with an evaluation of their health status and recommendations for improving their health and well-being.

Sonny Patel, senior director of global health solutions at CIEB, said: “When people leave their homeland for an international assignment, they face many day-to-day challenges. Taking care of their health shouldn’t be one of them. We offer a truly global solution that will help expatriates and their families better manage their health and maintain healthy lifestyles while on assignment.

“Completing a health assessment provides individuals with practical, appropriate and achievable recommendations in areas such as stress, nutrition, physical fitness, sleep and work/life balance. It’s an important resource in helping employers ensure their expatriate employees can fulfill their work assignments and enjoy life while away from home.”