UAE issues new healthcare data law

Clyde & Co LLP
15 May, 2019 ,

A new law regulating the use of technology in healthcare is the first piece of federal legislation in the United Arab Emirates that directly addresses data protection principles. The new rules will be relevant to healthcare providers, insurers and companies delivering health tech solutions into the UAE market. The Law regulates the use of electronic data in the healthcare sector throughout the UAE, with certain administrative, strategic and enforcement functions devolved to local Emirate health authorities and it reflects a number of principles found in international data protection laws. 

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A new law regulating the use of technology in healthcare is the first piece of federal legislation in the United Arab Emirates that directly addresses data protection principles. The new rules will be relevant to healthcare providers, insurers and companies delivering health tech solutions into the UAE market.

UAE Federal Law No. 2 of 2019 concerning the use of information and communication technology in the area of health (the Law) will come into effect in May this year. The Law regulates the use of electronic data in the healthcare sector throughout the UAE, with certain administrative, strategic and enforcement functions devolved to local Emirate health authorities and it reflects a number of principles found in international data protection laws. The Law introduces legal requirements that businesses will need to be aware of. Affected organizations will clearly include healthcare providers but also medical insurance businesses, healthcare IT system suppliers and providers of outsourced services to the health sector, such as cloud service providers.