Report on the World Health Organization Global Observatory for eHealth strategic planning workshop, April 2008

Methods Inf Med. 2008;47(4):381-7.


The World Health Organization's Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe) conducted its first strategic workshop at Bellagio, Italy on April 9 to 11, 2008. Supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, the workshop brought together a select group of twenty-one eHealth experts from around the globe to help plan for the future of the Observatory. Participants were chosen from all six WHO regions and included a mix of researchers, practitioners, specialist physicians, academics and consultants. Key issues addressed included: how to build a dynamic and cohesive network of National Observatories to improve worldwide eHealth data collection; analysis and reporting; developing Thematic Working Groups in specialist eHealth themes; eHealth assessment frameworks; the development of the research agenda for the second global survey; cultivating partnerships; and governance.

MeSH terms

  • Education*
  • Internet*
  • Italy
  • Medical Informatics* / organization & administration
  • Program Development*
  • World Health Organization*