Estonia is a pioneering nation in the field of digital healthcare, having fully integrated e-Health solutions into its medical infrastructure. The Estonian National Health Information System (HIS), operational since 2008, exemplifies the country’s commitment to innovative healthcare technologies. Through this system, healthcare providers across the nation are interconnected, and patients’ health data is securely stored in a centralized database. The system is vast, containing over 40 million documents—including summaries of visits or treatments, discharges, referrals, diagnostic study reports, and medical procedures. This accumulation of data provides a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals and patients alike.

In addition to general health data, the Estonian Genome Center has collected genome data for over 200,000 individuals. This rich genomic repository is crucial for the advancement of personalized medicine in Estonia. By combining genome data with the health information stored in HIS, healthcare professionals can tailor specific diagnoses and treatments to individual genetic profiles. This approach not only enhances the effectiveness of medical interventions but also underscores the precision medicine capabilities enabled by e-Health technologies.

Privacy and data ownership are central tenets of Estonian e-governance and are deeply ingrained in the e-Health system. According to these principles, health data fundamentally belongs to the individual concerned. All healthcare providers are obligated to contribute data to the HIS, but access to this information is strictly controlled. Only licensed medical professionals can access the system, and patients have the right to view their own health records stored in the central database. Moreover, patients have the option to restrict access to their data (opt-out), and they can monitor who has viewed their information.

The accessibility of health data and e-services for patients is further facilitated through the patient portal This portal serves as a secure and convenient point of access where patients can review their health information, manage appointments, and communicate with healthcare providers. The implementation of KSI Blockchain technology within the HIS enhances security by ensuring data integrity and protecting against internal threats. This advanced technology is crucial for maintaining trust in the system’s security, particularly in safeguarding sensitive health information.

Every person in Estonia who has visited a doctor has an e-Health record. These records are identified and secured using the electronic ID-card system, which ensures that health information is kept secure yet accessible to authorized individuals. This dual focus on accessibility and security exemplifies the balance that Estonia has achieved in its e-Health system.

Estonia’s e-Health initiative not only provides a blueprint for the digital transformation of healthcare systems worldwide but also demonstrates the potential for technology to improve healthcare outcomes. The integration of e-solutions in healthcare is a testament to the efficiencies and enhancements that technology can bring to medical practices and patient care. As Estonia continues to develop and refine its e-Health strategies, it remains at the forefront of the digital healthcare revolution, offering valuable insights and models for other nations to consider in their own healthcare system advancements. This commitment to innovation and patient-centered care is what sets Estonia’s e-Health ecosystem apart as a leader in the global healthcare industry.




e-Prescription is a centralised paperless system for issuing and handling medical prescriptions. When a doctor prescribes medicine using the system, he or she does so electronically, with the aid of an online form. At the pharmacy, all a patient needs to do is present an ID-card. The pharmacist then retrieves the patient’s information from the system and issues the medicine.


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Because the e-Prescription system draws on data from the national health insurance fund, any state medical subsidies that the patient is entitled to also appear, and the medicine is discounted automatically. Another advantage of the system is that doctor visits are no longer needed for repeat prescriptions. A patient can contact the doctor by e-mail, Skype or phone, and the doctors can issue refills with just a few clicks. The patient can then collect their medicine from the nearest pharmacy.

Today, 100% of all prescriptions in the country are issued electronically. This frees up time for patients and doctors, and reduces administrative strain on hospitals.

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We host impactful events both in our centre and online for government institutions, companies, and media. You’ll get an overview of e-Estonia’s best practices and build links to leading IT-service providers and state experts to support your digitalisation plans.

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The Briefing Centre is conveniently located just a 2-minute drive from the airport and 15- to 20-minute drive from the city centre.

You will find us on the ground floor of Valukoja 8, at the central entrance behind the statue of Mr Ernst Julius Öpik. We will meet the delegation at the building’s reception. Kindly note that a booking is required to visit us.

Valukoja 8
11415 Tallinn, Estonia