CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Yearb Med Inform 2019; 28(01): 292-296
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1677896
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Middle East and North African Health Informatics Association (MENAHIA): A New Opportunity for the Region

Riyad Alshammari
1  College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Ministry of the National Guard- Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; President of the Saudi Health Informatics Association
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Najeeb Al-Shorbaji
2  President of the eHealth Development Association of Jordan
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Zakiuddin Ahmed
3  Program Director, RAHAH, King Saud University Project Director, Riphah Institute of Health Improvement & Safety CEO, Digital Care, Pakistan
,
Zaid Al-Hamadan
4  Associate Professor, Jordan University of Science and Technology
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Abdulwahhab Alshammari
5  College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Ministry of the National Guard- Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Osama El Hassan
6  Vice-Chair of Emirates Health Informatics Society, Head of eHealth section at Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Dari Alhuwail
7  Department of Information Science, College of Computing Sciences and Engineering, Kuwait University, Kuwait; Health Informatics Unit, Dasman Diabetes Institute, Kuwait
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Salim Al Salmi
8  Associate Deanship for Health Information Management Program, Oman College of Health Sciences, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
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Eiman Al-Jafar
9  Department of Health Informatics and Information Management, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Kuwait University, Kuwait.
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Hassan Ghazal
10  National Center for Scientific and Technological Research, Rabat, and President of the Moroccan Society for Telemedicine and eHealth, Rabat, Morocco
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Publication History

Publication Date:
25 April 2019 (online)

  

Summary

During the 2018 IMIA General Assembly (GA) held on Oct 2018 in Sri Lanka, a new organization, the Middle East and North African Health Informatics Association (MENAHIA) was established as a regional non-governmental organization to promote Health Informatics in the region. Health Informatics activities in applications, education, and research have been growing in the Middle East and North African region for many years. Over the past year, health informatics initiatives within the region focused on the education sector and the workforce. The need to enhance the education delivery and methods is essential in promoting Health Informatics in the region as well as establishing master programs in many countries within the region.

This paper provides an overview of the variety of initiatives that are occurring in the region and are endorsed by MENAHIA.