The world wide web has always been used as a source of medical and health information by millions of people around the world. A recent study undertaken in Saudi Arabia by post-graduate students showed that there were only a few Arabic health websites with outstanding quality (Huziah M, Kahtany M, Ammari R, Faiz R. Assessment of Online Health Information for Arabic Sites. King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences; 2009). Thus, Arab internet users will not always be able to find reliable and trustworthy Arabic health information, and they may easily become victims of misleading and false information spread in different forums and social media pages.
The deficiency of credible Arabic health information on the web called for an immediate action to improve the quality of Arabic health information on the web. King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) in collaboration with the Saudi Association for Health informatics (SAHI) initiated KAAHE project in May 2010. Consequently, the National Guard Health Affairs (NGHA), in collaboration with the Health On the Net Foundation (HON) and World Health Organization (WHO), developed King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Arabic Health Encyclopedia website.
The project was presented to King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the King of Saudi Arabia who is well known for his support to humanitarian projects. The project was approved officially and announced during the Saudi E-health conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 2010. A project team was formed headed by the VP for Technology and Health Informatics at KSAU-HS University. KAAHE was first launched during the Saudi E-Health conference, held in Riyadh 11th March 2012.
Vision, Mission and Audience:
Become the number one health website in the world in providing Arabic reliable health information
To provide high quality, reliable and simplified health information for all Arab readers, in order to promote health awareness and support the efforts of different health sectors in Arabic communities.
King Abdullah Arabic Health Encyclopedia addresses the general population, professionals, as well as students. The health care providers can use the information provided on KAAHE in order to enhance the communication with their patients. KAAHE contains information about medical topics, diet and healthy lifestyle, getting healthcare, news and events. Moreover, it contains personalized services and interactive applications presented in a user-friendly interface.
Stakeholders and supporting organizations:
The development and maintenance of KAAHE has been made possible by:
|||The National Guard Health Affairs (NGHA), a part of the Ministry of Saudi National Guard which provides funding for KAAHE. The content of KAAHE is not influenced by external sponsors or supporters.|
|||The KSAU-HS University (which falls under the umbrella of the NGHA) providing knowledge support.|
|||The Saudi Association for Health Informatics (SAHI) providing e-health expertise as well as overall project management.|
|||The Health Services Council, verifying and approving the editorial content.|
|||World Health Organization (WHO) as well as its Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) providing knowledge support, editing and certification as well as promotion of the project across all Arabic speaking countries.|
|||Health On the Net Foundation (HON) providing quality system management through standardized and transparent quality health information of KAAHE. HON in collaboration with the NGHA ensures quality standardization of the encyclopedia website.|
|||Université de Genève for its support.|
|||Patient Education Institute, providing KAAHE with content.|
|||The U.K. National Health Services (NHS Choices), providing KAAHE with content.|
|||HealthDay News, providing KAAHE with news stories.|
|||International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) for its support.|
Kaahe is applicable to the Saudi Online Publishing Law issued by the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information. You can download an Arabic version of this law direct from the portal of Culture Ministry through the following link: http://ow.ly/gXSyo