The second global survey on eHealth was conducted in late 2009 and was designed to build on the knowledge base generated by the first survey. While the first survey was general and primarily asked questions about the national level, the 2009 survey was designed to be thematic with far more detailed questions used to explore areas particular to eHealth. The survey data and analyses support the strengthening of eHealth policies, the improvement of citizen protection, equity of access and multilingualism, and the promotion of growth in eHealth capacity, tools and services at the country and regional levels. A total of one hundred and fourteen Member States chose to participate.
The survey has provided the GOe with a rich source of data which is being used to create a series of eight publications – The Global Observatory for eHealth series – due for publication in 2010 and 2011.
Key objectives were to identify and analyse trends in eHealth including:
- uptake of eHealth foundation policies and strategies
- deployment of mHealth initiatives in countries
- application of telehealth solutions
- adoption of eLearning for health professionals and students
- collection, processing, storage and transfer of patient information
- legal and ethical frameworks for electronic patient information
- legislation and initiatives concerning online child safety, internet pharmacies, and health information on the internet
- governance and organization of eHealth in countries
Each publication in the series is primarily targeted at ministries of health, ministries of information technology, ministries of telecommunications, academics, researchers, eHealth professionals, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) involved in eHealth, and donors.