Gunther Eysenbach

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Gunther Eysenbach
Gunther Eysenbach.jpg
Eysenbach in 2009
Born (1967-03-22) 22 March 1967 (age 51)
Berlin, Germany
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Known for EHealth, Consumer health informatics
Scientific career
Fields Healthcare
Institutions Centre for Global eHealth Innovation

Gunther Eysenbach is a researcher on healthcare, especially health policy, eHealth, and consumer health informatics.


Eysenbach was born on 22 March 1967[citation needed] in Berlin, Germany. While a medical student, he served on the executive board as elected communication director, later as vice-president of the European Medical Students' Association.[1] He received an M.D. from the University of Freiburg and a Master of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. From 1999 to 2002 he founded and headed a research unit on cybermedicine and ehealth at the University of Heidelberg[citation needed] and organized and chaired the World Congress on Internet in Medicine.[2] In March 2002, he emigrated to Canada[citation needed] and since then has been senior scientist at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation[3] at the University Health Network[citation needed] (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), and associate professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.[citation needed]

Eysenbach works in the field of consumer health informatics. He has written several books and articles, and organizes conferences. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Internet Research. From 2000-2008, he served as working group chair for the WG Consumer Health Informatics of the International Medical Informatics Association.[4]

Other contributions include:

  • Initiator, organizer, and chair of the annual Medicine 2.0 Congress[5]
  • Eysenbach has conducted a study on the association between search engine queries and influenza incidence,[6] which was replicated by other research groups 2–3 years later.[7][8] He coined the terms "infoveillance" and "infodemiology" for these kinds of approaches.[9][10]
  • Eysenbach is initiator of WebCite, an archiving service for scholarly authors and editors citing webpages.[11]

Books written or edited[edit]

See also[edit]

  • WebCite – an on-demand Web archiving service founded by Eysenbach


  1. ^ Web site of the European Medical Students' Association. See EMSA & IFMSA at the Wayback Machine (archived May 3, 2006)
  2. ^ "World Conference in Heidelberg on Medicine and the Internet" (Press release). University of Heidelberg. 1999-08-27. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  3. ^ "Centre for global e-health innovation launched in Toronto by Andy Shaw". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  4. ^ Archived from the original on July 6, 2010. Retrieved February 19, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  6. ^ Gunther Eysenbach (2006). "Infodemiology: tracking flu-related searches on the web for syndromic surveillance". AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings: 244–248. PMC 1839505Freely accessible. PMID 17238340. 
  7. ^ Philip M. Polgreen; Yiling Chen; David M. Pennock; Forrest D. Nelson (December 2008). "Using internet searches for influenza surveillance". Clinical Infectious Diseases. 47 (11): 1443–1448. doi:10.1086/593098. PMID 18954267. 
  8. ^ Jeremy Ginsberg; Matthew H. Mohebbi; Rajan S. Patel; Lynnette Brammer; Mark S. Smolinski; Larry Brilliant (February 2009). "Detecting influenza epidemics using search engine query data". Nature. 457 (7232): 1012–1014. doi:10.1038/nature07634. PMID 19020500. 
  9. ^ Gunther Eysenbach (May 2011). "Infodemiology and infoveillance tracking online health information and cyberbehavior for public health". American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 40 (5 Suppl 2): S154–S158. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2011.02.006. PMID 21521589. 
  10. ^ Gunther Eysenbach (2009). "Infodemiology and infoveillance: framework for an emerging set of public health informatics methods to analyze search, communication and publication behavior on the Internet". Journal of Medical Internet Research. 11 (1): e11. doi:10.2196/jmir.1157. PMC 2762766Freely accessible. PMID 19329408. 
  11. ^ Eysenbach, G; Trudel, M. "Going, Going, Still There: Using the WebCite Service to Permanently Archive Cited Web Pages - J Med Internet Res 2005;7(5):e60". 

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