Najeeb Al Shorbaji
Born on 1 November 1954 in Aqbet Jabr, Near Jericho. Educated in UNRWA schools there and in Baqa Camp, then Government schools in Baqa and Sweileh. Went to University of Jordan and University of Wales. Retired from WHO as Director of Knowledge, Ethics and Research end of August 2015. Currently lives in Amman, Jordan and works in freelance consulting, research, mentoring, and writing in addition to some voluntary scientific activities.
• Bachelor, English Language and Business Administration, University of Jordan, February 1977.
• Post-Graduate Diploma, Library and Information Science, University of Jordan, June 1979.
• Master’s Degree, Information Science, University of Wales, UK, December 1983.
• PhD, Information Science, University of Wales, UK, March 1986.
• Advanced training courses in statistical analysis, Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS-X), CDS\ISIS, DBASE III+, FoxBase, FoxPro, MS SQL, ACCESS, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Lotus 123, Harvard Graphics; Information Technology Project Management, leadership and management, health informatics and global health diplomacy.
• Member of the Steering Committee of HIFA(Health Information for All), UK-based Non-government organization since September 2015.
• Member of the Jordan Library and Information Association, Secretary 1982 and Vice-President 1989-1994, Board Member since April 2016.
• Member of the Jordan Computer Societysince 1985.
• Member of ASLIB, Association for Information Management, UK (1982-1987), Corporate Membership since 1996.
• Founding member and Coordinator of CDS\ISIS User Group, Jordan, 1990-1994.
• Founding member of MINISIS User Group, Jordan, 1990.
• Member of the Editorial Board of Jordanian Journal of Library and Information Science (Rissalat Al-Maktaba), 1986-1990 and since April 2016. 31/05/2017.
• Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Information Development, 1993.
• Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of eHealth Technology and Application since 2007.
• Member of the Jordan National Information Centre’s Technical Committee and Chairman of the Sub-committee on Information (1993-1994).
• Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals(CILIP), UK since 1982.
• Member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
• Member of Arab Knowledge Management Society (AKMS).
• Honorary Member of the International Medical Informatics Association(IMIA).
• Member of the Editorial Board of the Arabic Journal of Archives, Documentation and Information, since 2017.
For many library and information specialists in the Arab world CDS/ISIS has been an example of the integrated systems as it stands for “Integrated Set of Information Systems “. Integration allows for different parts to function as one in which data from one part can be used by the other. Integration is different from interoperability.
National eHealth Strategy
Development of a national eHealth strategy is the cornerstone for seamless integration of eHealth in the national health system. WHO and ITU developed an excellent tool titled “National eHealth Strategy Development Toolkit” to assist ministries of health, ministries of information and communication and other stakeholders in countries to work together to develop such strategy. See more details.
Computer-Based Library and information Systems
Library automation and computerization of health records have been around for many years. Such systems have different names and a huge range of functionalities based on needs, budget, technology, etc. Each one of them has its life cycle and clientele. One in libraries and one healthcare institutions. Web-based systems, multilingual, customizable, etc. are just examples of what they are.
Supporting information literacy among users has been one major activity that libraries and information systems have been doing for many years. The aim is to ensure that people have the competencies to recognize their information needs, the capacity to locate information, evaluate it and use it.