Estonian eHealth Foundation

Estonian eHealth Foundation promotes and develops national e-solutions within the health care system. The foundation creates e-health solutions and offers services with the goal to assist in providing high-quality and accessible health care services. Broader goal of the organization is to promote the development of a patient-centred health care system that has well-informed patients.The activity objectives of the Estonian eHealth Foundation are guided by its main goal – to develop and manage the components of the Estonian health information system (HIS) and to coordinate necessary activities related to achieving these goals. Therefore the activities are divided into three main areas:

1. Developing and managing the health information system
The processor of the Estonian National Health Information System is the Ministry of Social Affairs and the authorized processor is the Estonian eHealth Foundation. The foundation is responsible for developing new services and managing the ones that are already functioning within the HIS

The Estonian HIS is a single nationwide global electronic health record (EHR) system as it comprises the whole country, registers all residents’ medical history and is based on the comprehensive State-developed basic IT infrastructure. The Estonian nationwide EHR was launched at the end 2008. Since the 1st of January 2009 all healthcare providers have the obligation to send an agreed number of standardized medical documents to the EHR. The EHR serves simultaneously healthcare professionals and citizens. There is a Patient Portal application which allows citizens to view their medical data and related information. The Patient Portal is a service for the citizen implemented in the EHR.

2. Standardisation
The Estonian eHealth Foundation is responsible for national development and administration of classifiers, standards, and OIDs as well as for the creation of electronic documents, translation and harmonisation of terminology in cooperation with professional associations, publishing, providing user support, etc. There are national as well as international standards, classifiers, and nomenclatures (SNOMED, HL7, etc.) used for standardisation.

3. Cooperation in the field of eHealth
The fields of eHealth and information technology are fast developing areas that offer many challenges. In order to provide innovative, reliable and high quality solutions in changing environment we have to be actively engaged in developing our organization to be a centre of competency. This includes creating cooperation partnerships with parties in Estonia as well as in Europe, initiating new projects, participating in cooperation projects and informing the society about health related topics.

Estonian eHealth Foundation is the national partner of the SUSTAINS project. This means that the foundation takes part in overall planning and management tasks of the project (project co-ordination, management and quality assurance, dissemination, evaluation etc.) and is responsible for the local delivery of the project goals. Main activities are:

  • taking part in preparations for the project with other Consortium partners, sharing own experiences and achievements;

  • developing the up taken SUSTAINS services in a national level and implementing them into the nation-wide EHR System;

  • conduction the real life pilot during which the developed services are tested in real life conditions and through that collecting the user satisfaction with the services;

  • taking part in assessing the impact of providing European citizens access to their EHR and to a number of ancillary services;

  • promoting SUSTAINS projects work so that the outcomes are recognized and understood in the communities, to stimulate a dialogue with them, and to promote more open access to healthcare information, to empower patients and to encourage the healthcare service providers to enable greater involvement of patients.

WebsiteContact Kelli Podošvilev, project manager, Estonian E-health Foundation,