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Regulatory Alert in The Healthcare Industry

The healthcare industry is an aggregation and integration of sectors within the economic system that provides goods and services to treat patients with curative, preventive, rehabilitative, and palliative care.

The UAE Government Promulgate Federal Law No.2 of 2019 – Using information technology and telecommunications in the Healthcare Industry, which for the first time regulates healthcare data processed, controlled, transferred and stored electronically.

The Law contains 22 Articles, which includes, but is not limited to the creation of a central data base system, obligations in respect of data privacy and use of information technology and telecommunication technology when processing, transferring and storing data. In addition, obligations are placed on media licensing, training and violations for breach of the Law.

The Law is unique insofar that it is the first federal privacy law relating to healthcare data and protection of personal and sensitive data in the United Arab Emirates.

Healthcare providers, insurers, insurance intermediaries, third party medical claims administrators, technology companies in the healthcare space and others dealing with healthcare will need review an audit their current practices and comply with the Law.

The Law is expected to be gazetted in the coming weeks and will be implemented three months from that date.

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