We welcome the Reform and hope it will lead to real changes in the way business is managed in WHO. One important reform element is the creation of the Department of Digital Health. The Reform announcement states that “Harnessing the power of digital health and innovation by supporting countries to assess, integrate, regulate and maximize the opportunities of digital technologies and artificial intelligence, supported by a new Department of Digital Health”. I sincerely hope that “digital health” is not seen as another vertical programme in WHO or in countries. Digital or electronic health (does not matter the name) has to be seamlessly integrated in healthcare programmes Prevention, protection, diagnosis, treatment, palliative, etc.). I look forward to a debate on how eHealth or digital health, as now called by WHO, can really enable achieving Universal Health Coverage and Health For All and of course Health Information for All.
Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, FIAHSI
President of the eHealth Development Association of Jordan,
Independent Consultant in Knowledge Management and eHealth,
P.O. Box 542006
Mobile +962 799391604
Tel. +962 (6) 5240273
HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group.
Email: shorbajin AT gmail.com