CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Yearb Med Inform 2018; 27(01): 286-291
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1641207
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Middle East and North African Health Informatics Association (MENAHIA): Building Sustainable Collaboration

Najeeb Al-Shorbaji
a  eHealth and Knowledge Management Consultant, Retired Director of Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department, WHO/HQ, Amman, Jordan
,
Mowafa Househ
b  Department of Health Informatics, College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
,
Adel Taweel
c  Department of Computer Science, BirZeit University, Ramallah, Palestine
,
Abdullah Alanizi
b  Department of Health Informatics, College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
,
Bennani Othmani Mohammed
d  Head of Medical Informatics Unit, 20 August Hospital, Ibn Rochd University Hospital, Casablanca, Head of Casablanca Medical Informatics Laboratory, Medical Faculty of Casablanca, Morocco
,
Haitham Abaza
e  Department of Biomedical Engineering, Misr University for Science & Technology, Cairo, Egypt
,
Hala Bawadi
f  Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
,
Hamayon Rasuly
g  eHealth Program Coordinator, Bamyan Provincial Hospital, Bamyan City, Afghanistan
,
Khalid Alyafei
h  Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) - SIDRA, Assistant Professor Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine, Qatar
,
Luis Fernandez-Luque
i  Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar
,
Mohamed Shouman
j  Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
,
Osama El-Hassan
k  Vice-Chair of Emirates Health Informatics Society, Head of eHealth Section at Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
,
Rada Hussein
l  Founder and Former Director of the Biomedical Informatics Center of Excellence (BMICoE), Information Technology Institute (ITI), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Egypt
,
Riyad Alshammari
m  President of Saudi Association for Health Informatics, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
,
Salah Mandil
n  Senior Consultant on eStrategies and eHealth to WHO and ITU, Geneva, Switzerland
,
Sarah Shouman
i  Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar
,
Shahrad Taheri
o  Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar
,
Tamer Emara
i  Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar
,
Wasmiya Dalhem
p  Executive Director of Nursing Informatics, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar
,
Zaid Al-Hamdan
q  Associate Professor of Nursing Management, Faculty of Nursing, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
,
Zineb Serhier
r  Professor at Medical Informatics Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hassan II University, Casablanca, Morocco
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Publication History

Publication Date:
22 April 2018 (eFirst)

Summary

There has been a growing interest in Health Informatics applications, research, and education within the Middle East and North African Region over the past twenty years. People of this region share similar cultural and religious values, primarily speak the Arabic language, and have similar health care related issues, which are in dire need of being addressed. Health Informatics efforts, organizations, and initiatives within the region have been largely under-represented within, but not ignored by, the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). Attempts to create bonds and collaboration between the different organizations of the region have remained scattered, and often, resulted in failure despite the fact that the need for a united health informatics collaborative within the region has never been more crucial than today. During the 2017 MEDINFO, held in Hangzhou, China, a new organization, the Middle East and North African Health Informatics Association (MENAHIA) was conceived as a regional non-governmental organization to promote and facilitate health informatics uptake within the region endorsing health informatics research and educational initiatives of the 22 countries represented within the region. This paper provides an overview of the collaboration and efforts to date in forming MENAHIA and displays the variety of initiatives that are already occurring within the MENAHIA region, which MENAHIA will help, endorse, support, share, and improve within the international forum of health informatics.