Under the instructions of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, the Kingdom has been planning to set up a digital electronic encyclopedia on health, President of General Intelligence Prince Muqrin announced in Riyadh on Sunday.
Prince Muqrin, who is also chairman of the Saudi Association for Health Informatics (SAHI), made this announcement while inaugurating the Saudi E-Health 2010 symposium at King Faisal Conference Hall.
“Such an encyclopedia will provide comprehensive health information to millions of Arabs in the world," Prince Muqrin said, adding that the idea is to help everyone in the Arab world keep abreast of the recent advancements in health and provide them with required information and data.
While many other Arab sites lacks international appropriate standards according to a study conducted by King Saudi bin Abdulaziz for Health sciences, this newly launched encyclopedia will be achieved with participations of specialized experts from the Association, KSU for Health sciences at National Guard, Ministry of Health, WHO and Health-on-the-net international corporation.
He added that the world is passing through an important stage in which people are witnessing technology play an important role in disseminating information. He added that the Kingdom is contributing a great deal in developing science and technology. The event has been organized by SAHI in collaboration with King Saud University (KSU) and King Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences.
Some 50 e-health experts, three health ministers from Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates, and deputy ministers of health from other regional countries also attended the inauguration.