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Najeeb Al-Shorbaji

Najeeb Al-Shorbaji
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Doctor of Philosophy

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Information sciences. Health informatics. Reproductive health. Both field surveys and desk research. TeleHealth and Telemedicine applications under COVID-19 circumstances.

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The region of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is diverse and retains a superior growth potential. It benefits from a privileged geographical location with big markets, a young and growing educated population, and competitive advantages in several industries. Regardless of their differences, countries face shared concerns, most notably in he...
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(A&EI) as a novel subfield became obvious. As in all areas of Biomedical Informatics, A&EI must deal with issues such as relevant data collection, the management of data extracted from accident sites, health records or sensors, wearables and apps, and appropriate data processing, with the dual purpose of preventing harm and decision support. This...
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This chapter aims to present the Arab Citation and Impact Factor (Arcif) as a method to measure the impact of peer-reviewed research journals in the scientific literature published in the Arab world, emphasizing on the criteria used by Arcif for the selection of journals and analysis methods. The history and development of the impact factor at the...
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This chapter provides a background on the Middle East and North Africa as a diverse region from economic, social, political, and infrastructure points of view. This diversity has resulted into adoption of digital health in the countries of the Region based on health system’s structure and resources available. It provides highlights of the applicati...
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Actualizing the vision of Global Digital Health is a central issue on the Global Health Diplomacy agenda. The COVID-reinforced need for accelerated digital health progress will require political structures and processes to build a foundation for Global Digital Health. Simultaneously, Global Health Diplomacy uses digital technologies in its enactmen...
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بمناسبة إحتفال المملكة الأردنية الهاشمية بمؤية تأسيسها فقد إحتفلت جمعية المكتبات و المعلومات الأردنية بهذه المناسبة العطرة. و قد إستعرضت الورقة بهذه المناسبة إنجازات الجمعية منذ نشأتها و الأنشطة التي تمارسها و المطبوعات الصادرة عنها منذ تأسيسها في العام 1963. ركزت الورقة الإهتمام بإنجازات الجمعية عبر العشرين سنة الماضية حيث حصلت قفزات وتطورات كبيرة...
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BACKGROUND Memory, one of the main cognitive functions, is known to decline by age. Serious games have been used for improving memory among the elderly. The effectiveness of serious games in improving memory has been investigated by several systematic reviews; however, they are limited by design and methodological weaknesses. OBJECTIVE This study...
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Healthcare has been going through major digital transformations due to the extensive use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the sector. Many patients lack access to healthcare services due to lack of knowledge of the exitance of the service, physical or mental disability, distance, siege, lockdown and other possible reasons. Acc...
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Background: Depression is a common mental disorder characterized by disturbances in mood, thoughts, or behaviors. Serious games, which are games that have a purpose other than entertainment, have been used as a nonpharmacological therapeutic intervention for depression. Previous systematic reviews have summarized evidence of effectiveness of serio...
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Background: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) provides primary-health-care services to more than 5 million Palestinian refugees in five operational fields (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, West Bank, and Gaza) through 144 health centres. UNRWA developed its electronic health records (e-Health) system...
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Background As a major public health crisis, the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic demonstrates the urgent need for safe, effective, and evidence-based implementations of digital health. The urgency stems from the frequent tendency to focus attention on seemingly high promising digital health interventions despite being poorly valid...
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The unforeseen pandemic of COVID-19 forced all countries worldwide to appreciate digital solutions and their potential contributions in managing such outbreaks. Countries began to share their knowledge and ongoing experiences on how to employ the latest technologies to trace infected cases, warn people on potential danger, increase social and popul...
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Objectives: Telehealth implementation is a complex systems-based endeavour. This paper compares telehealth responses to (COrona VIrus Disease 2019) COVID-19 across ten countries to identify lessons learned about the complexity of telehealth during critical response such as in response to a global pandemic. Our overall objective is to develop a heal...
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Background: On December 16, 2020 representatives of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), a Non-Governmental Organization in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), along with its International Academy for Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI), held an open dialogue with WHO Director General (WHO DG) Tedros Ad...
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The original commentary on defining global health by King and Koski makes many important points, but we feel that the definition they provide, suggesting that the field is distinguished by the geographical relationship between practitioners and recipients, is too limiting. We propose an alternative definition of global health as public health every...
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Objectives: To understand ethical issues within the tele-health domain, specifically how well established macro level telehealth guidelines map with micro level practitioner perspectives. Methods: We developed four overarching issues to use as a starting point for developing an ethical framework for telehealth. We then reviewed telemedicine ethics...
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Over the years, Health Informatics initiatives in the Middle East and North African region have been thriving with a number of different educational, scientific, professional, and technological developments taking place. Within the past year, Health Informatics initiatives in the region have focused on the educational and capacity building efforts....
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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...
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In 1995 the author of this paper publish a paper titled "Focus on Jordan Library Association" in Information Development. This article aims to make comparison between these two dates of 22 years of achievements, challenges and ambitions. The methodology use is the "Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis" where a focus group of x-presidents of the...
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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) provides primary healthcare (PHC) for some 5 million Palestine refugees in five operational fields (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, West Bank and Gaza) through its 143 health centres (HCs). UNRWA started, in 2009, developing an electronic health records (e-Health) system. The primary...
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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...
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This article is part of a For-Discussion-Section of Methods of Information in Medicine about the paper “Representation of People’s Decisions in Health Information Systems: A Complementary Approach for Understanding Health Care Systems and Population Health” written by Fernan Gonzalez Bernaldo de Quiros, Adriana Ruth Dawidowski, and Silvana Figar. I...
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UNRWA recognized the need to develop and introduce eHealth programme based on needs assessment. The web-based e-Health application was developed and deployed in 116 out of 143 HCs in the five fields of operation. Evaluation of the application revealed positive outcomes in terms of reporting requirements, statistics, time saving, efficiency, drug co...
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This article is part of a For-Discussion-Section of Methods of Information in Medicine about the paper "The New Role of Biomedical Informatics in the Age of Digital Medicine" written by Fernando J. Martin-Sanchez and Guillermo H. Lopez-Campos [1]. It is introduced by an editorial. This article contains the combined commentaries invited to independe...
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Health and biomedicine in e-Marefa and IMEMR databases: Comparative study of their content and subject analysis e-Marefa is an Arab electronic database managed by the Knowledge World Company for Digital Content. e-Marefa Database includes the full text of journal articles and other types of publications from the Arab countries. The database covers...
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Since the 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata affirming health as a fundamental human right, policy-makers and stakeholders have proposed many different strategies to achieve the goal of ‘health for all’. However, globally there still remains a lack of access to health information and quality health care, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LM...
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The United Nations has recently adopted 17 sustainable development goals for 2030, including ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages, and making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Road injuries remain among the ten leading causes of death in the world, and are projected to increase w...
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This article is part of a For-Discussion-Section of Methods of Information in Medicine about the paper “Evidence-based Health Informatics: How Do We Know What We Know?” written by Elske Ammenwerth [1]. It is introduced by an editorial. This article contains the combined commentaries invited to independently comment on the Ammenwerth paper. In subse...
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The absence of timely and accurate health information is a major contributor to poor health outcomes and inefficient use of scarce human and financial resources. The application of appropriate information and communications technologies can greatly improve the timeliness, quality, and use of health information, and can help ensure strong, effective...
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Background The world is short of 7.2 million health–care workers and this figure is growing. The shortage of teachers is even greater, which limits traditional education modes. eLearning may help overcome this training need. Offline eLearning is useful in remote and resource–limited settings with poor internet access. To inform investments in offli...
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Background Health systems worldwide are facing shortages in health professional workforce. Several studies have demonstrated the direct correlation between the availability of health workers, coverage of health services, and population health outcomes. To address this shortage, online eLearning is increasingly being adopted in health professionals’...
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This article gives a brief overview of the Internet of Things (IoT) for cities, offering examples of IoT-powered 21st century smart cities, including the experience of the Spanish city of Barcelona in implementing its own IoT-driven services to improve the quality of life of its people through measures that promote an eco-friendly, sustainable envi...
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The World Health Assembly Resolutions on eHealth: eHealth in Support of Universal Health CoverageThe World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organization (WHO) and three of the six WHO Regional Committees adopted a number of resolutions on eHealth: the use of information and communication technology for health. These resolutions have given...
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The proliferation of information and communication technology (ICT) is transforming the healthcare, as an information-intensive sector, in a way that has never been witnessed before. The use of ICT in health or eHealth has the potential to improve the quality of health services, improve access to services and reduce cost. Huge investments in eHealt...
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Objectives: This focus theme deals with the various aspects of health information search that are necessary to cope with the challenges of an increasing amount and complexity of medical information currently produced. Methods: This editorial reviews the main challenges of health information search and summarizes the five papers of this focus the...
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In 2001 Eysenbach defined e-health as “an emerging field in the intersection of medical informatics, public health and business, referring to health services and information delivered or enhanced through the Internet and related tech-nologies. In a broader sense, the term characterizes not only a technical devel-opment, but also a state-of-mind, a...
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The study provides the rationale, history and current status of the Index Medicus for the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Region. The Index is unique in combining the geographic coverage of peer-reviewed health and biomedical journals (408 titles) from the 22 countries of the Region. Compiling and publishing the Index coupled with a...
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BabelMeSH is a multilanguage search for MEDLINE/PubMed. We created a database of Arabic translations of MeSH terms and other medical terms using MySQL and developed a Web interface for searching MEDLINE/PubMed in Arabic. We evaluated the accuracy of BabelMeSH using a list of medical terms from BMJ Clinical Evidence. The accuracy was 58% (machine sc...
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"E-health" is a generic term covering the use of computer and communication applications and technologies in health and medical care. This paper outlines WHO's dynamic and diversified approach for supporting e-health by the Regional Office of the Eastern Mediterranean. This includes: policy-setting; human resources development; planning, monitoring...
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Reviews the history and development of Rissalat Al-Maktaba [The Message of the Library], the journal of the Jordan Library Association, which has been published without interruption since 1965. Discusses the reasons for the survival and success of the journal in terms of economic and financial aspects and intellectual and content aspects. Concludes...
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The development of the Environmental Health Regional Information Network (CEHANET) is presented showing its aims, objectives, subject and geographic coverage and services. The role of the Network in serving water resources professionals is shown through the services provided and the coverage of its literature in the databases. Achievements of CEHAN...
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It is estimated that nearly 80% of the information needs of local health system decision and policy makers involve geographical positioning, which means using maps in one way or the other. Health mapping utilizes the technology of geographic information systems to add value to information for public health planning and decision making. Published st...

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The article will compile and assess evidence on the role and importance of multilingualism in global health. Multilingualism in health research, international collaboration, scientific communication, health promotion, assessment and evaluation of cross-border health related activities, health of immigrants, health workforce migration, disaster management, tele-health, international health conferences and global agreements and health tourism. The article will consider how a multilingual global health journal can bridge the knowledge gap between global health experts, professionals and people in general.