Gunther Eysenbach

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Gunther Eysenbach
Gunther Eysenbach.jpg
Eysenbach in 2009
Born (1967-03-22) 22 March 1967 (age 48)
Berlin, Germany
Residence Toronto, Canada
Fields Healthcare
Institutions Centre for Global eHealth Innovation
Known for EHealth, Consumer health informatics

Gunther Eysenbach is a researcher on Open access publishing, 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 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 (Toronto, Canada), and Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Eysenbach is a founding scholar of the field of consumer health informatics.[citation needed] He has written a large number of influential books and articles, and continues to support research in this area through organizing conferences and through his editorship of the Journal of Medical Internet Research. From 2000-2008, served as Working Group Chair for the WG Consumer Health Informatics of the International Medical Informatics Association.[4]

Other contributions of Eysenbach include:

  • Eysenbach is initiator, organizer, and chair of the annual Medicine 2.0 conference Medicine 2.0 Congress[5]
  • At the end of the 90s, Eysenbach with a number of European partners initiated and led two major EU projects[citation needed], MedCertain and MedCircle,[6] to develop conceptual prototypes of "trustmarks" or "transparency marks" for health-related information on the Internet. Rather than developing their own methodologies from scratch, the projects pragmatically built[citation needed] on emerging web approaches during these days which some years later became mainstream thinking.[citation needed]
  • Eysenbach has conducted pioneering studies on the association between search engine queries and influenza incidence as early as in 2006,[7] which have been confirmed by other research groups 2–3 years later.[8][9] Eysenbach coined the terms "infoveillance" and "infodemiology" for these kinds of approaches.[10][11]
  • Eysenbach is founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, started in 1999 as a peer-reviewed open access journal on all aspects of research, information and communication in the healthcare field. using Internet and Intranet-related technologies.[citation needed] In 2002, it was selected as the official journal of the Internet Healthcare Coalition, and in 2003, as the official journal of the Society for Internet in Medicine. The journal became the leading journal in health informatics with an impact factor of 4.7 (2010). Eysenbach is also one of the cofounders of OASPA.
  • Eysenbach is founder of JMIR Publications, an academic publisher with a focus on technology in health
  • Eysenbach is initiator of WebCite, an archiving service for scholarly authors and editors citing webpages.[12]
  • Eysenbach is, with Paul Kudlow, cofounder of TrendMD, an dissemination network for scholarly articles across different publishers.

Books written or edited[edit]

  1. Lewis, D; Eysenbach, G; Kukafka, R; Jimison, H; Stavri, Z (eds.) (2005). Consumer Health Informatics. New York: Springer. ISBN 978-0-387-23991-0. OCLC 60413694. 
  2. Eysenbach, G. (ed.) (1998). Medicine and Medical Education in Europe - The Eurodoctor. Stuttgart-New York: Thieme. ISBN 978-3-13-115221-3. OCLC 41647056. 
  3. Eysenbach G, Lamers W (eds.) (1999). Praxis und Computer. (in German). Düsseldorf: Springer-Verlag/med-inform Verlagsges. 
  4. Eysenbach, G (1994). Computer-Manual für Mediziner und Biowissenschaftler (in German). Munich-Baltimore: Urban & Schwarzenberg. ISBN 978-3-541-11841-0. OCLC 30558735. 


  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. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  6. ^ Design by Christian Koehler. "". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  7. ^ Gunther Eysenbach (2006). "Infodemiology: tracking flu-related searches on the web for syndromic surveillance". AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings: 244–248. PMC 1839505. PMID 17238340. 
  8. ^ Philip M. Polgreen, Yiling Chen, David M. Pennock and Forrest D. Nelson (December 2008). "Using internet searches for influenza surveillance". Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 47 (11): 1443–1448. doi:10.1086/593098. PMID 18954267. 
  9. ^ Jeremy Ginsberg, Matthew H. Mohebbi, Rajan S. Patel, Lynnette Brammer, Mark S. Smolinski and Larry Brilliant (February 2009). "Detecting influenza epidemics using search engine query data". Nature 457 (7232): 1012–1014. doi:10.1038/nature07634. PMID 19020500. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 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 2762766. PMID 19329408. 
  12. ^ 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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