Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji

has been working as a freelance consultant in knowledge management, eHealth, health information systems, medical librarianship and ePublishing since 10 March 2017. He also works as a part-time lecturer/researcher at the Institute of Medical Informatics at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany since June 2016. He is the President of the eHealth Development Associaation and the vice-President of the Joran Library and Information Asosciation.  He worked as the Vice-President of e-Marefa for Knowledge, Research and Ethics between 26 September 2015 and 9 March 2017. Prior to that he worked as Director of Knowledge Management, Research and Ethics at the World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva from September 2008 until his retirement end of August 2015.  During this period he also acted for the Director of Patient Safety Programme for over two years. From February 1988 to August 2008, he worked as Information Scientist, Regional Adviser and Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean in Amman, Alexandria and Cairo. Dr Al-Shorbaji had a number of other jobs in the field of knowledge management before joining WHO. He holds a PhD in Information Science since 1986. He has published more than 200 papers, book chapters and confernece papers and participated in more than 200 national, regional and international scientific conferences. He is an honorary fellow of the International Medical Informatics Association and Fellow of the International Academy of Health Science Informatics. He is a peer reviewer for a number of scientific journals and member of editorial board of others. He is a member of the scientific committees of scientific and technical conferences including Member of the Scientific Committee of Euro-Mediterranean Medical Informatics and Telemedicine (EMMIT), memeber of the External Advisory Board (EAB) of the HiGHmed and the Jordan Library and Information Conference.


Title and abstract

Improving health through health informatics

Among the most frequently used terms in information and communication technology (ICT) in health are health informatics and eHealth. Other terms and concepts have emerged including digital health, mobile health, medical informatics, bioinformatics, telemedicine, tele-health and others. Each one of these terms has its roots and connotations which all attempt to describe how ICT is used to support healthcare and medical services and research. The presentation aims at clarifying these terminological confusion, benefits and value of using ICT in health and areas of applications covering public health, global health, personal health, wearable technologies and devices. Ethical and legal issues concerning application of ICT in health will be discussed. The need for health and biomedical informatics education will be addressed in the presentation.