BMJ editorial: Healthcare information for all (3)

1 March, 2020

Dear Neil and Fiona [Fiona Godlee, Editor-in-Chief, The BMJ]

This is great. I think the moment is right to make full use of this opportunity to accelerate effort to institutionalize “Access to Health Information”. Fiona has always been supportive to HIFA and to enabling access to health information as a way to improve health situation and stop people from dying as a result of not having access to quality health information. I would encourage all and commit myself to supporting this effort. We need to put pressure or at least educate policy and decision makers to consider access to health information as one way to prevent diseases and to protect people form infections. We need to ensure that all people, regardless of age, gander, profession and location are fully engaged in their own health protection by accessing and using timely, appropriate and evidence based information. Thank you Fiona and Neil.

Best regards.

Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, FIAHSI

Former Director, Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department, WHO/HQ

President, eHealth Development Association of Jordan,

Independent Consultant in Knowledge Management and eHealth

e-Marefa Advisor

P.O. Box 542006

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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 and the HIFA Working Group on Multilingualism.

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