Federal Law No.2 of 2019 – Using IT and Telecommunications in the Healthcare Sector
The United Arab Emirates Government Promulgate Federal Law No.2 of 2019 – Using IT and Telecommunications in the Healthcare Sector ("the Law"), 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 IT 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 UAE.
Healthcare providers, insurers, insurance intermediaries, third party medical claims administrators, technology companies in the healthcare space and others dealing with healthcare will need to review and 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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