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New Horizons Biomedical Informatics Observatories in Mediterranean Region

Final Report Summary - BIOMED (New Horizons Biomedical Informatics Observatories in Mediterranean Region)

New Horizons Biomedical Informatics Observatories in Mediterranean Region (BIOMed)

The Consortium:
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA), Greece (Coordinator: Prof. Dr. John Mantas,
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain (Project Manager: Prof. Enrique Gomez,
Akdeniz University (AK), Turkey (Project Manager: Kemal Hakan Gülkesen,
German Jordanian University (GJU), Jordan (Project Manager: Prof. Mohammad AlDaoud,
Academy of Scientific Research & Technology (ASRT), Egypt (Project Manager and Deputy Coordinator: Dr. Mohamed A.Wageih

The purpose is to: 1) foster the national BioMedical Informatics (BMI) foundation aligning with the international medical informatics association (IMIA) in order to remodelling the national strategies; 2) structure the BMHI strategic plans in Egypt and Jordan as models for other Arab States; 3) define the requirements for new joint EU-Mediterranean BMHI projects and initiatives; and 4) encourage and support the BMHI centres of excellence in Egypt and Jordan. BIOMed will synergistically apply up-to-date European and International methodologies & standards. The pre-defined challenges were integrating multiple segregated BMHI initiatives and policies; overcoming obstructions- socio, political, economic; recommendation adaptation, assessing the current and proposed solutions; defining the national health systems real demands; identifying different European best practices. Political instability in the Middle East after the Arab Spring in 2011 added further challenges as well as improved the importance of the EU-MENA cooperation.