The UAE Government declared Federal Law No.2 of 2019 – Use Healthcare Sector IT and Telecommunications ("the Act"), which for the first time governs information collected, regulated, transmitted and digitally maintained in the healthcare sector.

The Act includes 22 provisions that include, but are not limited to, the creation of a national database system, data privacy rights, and the use of IT and telecommunications technologies while collecting, transmitting, and storing data. Therefore, restrictions were imposed on press licenses, education and violation of the rule.

The legislation is different insofar as it is the first federal law on the security of private and sensitive data in the UAE about health care records. Healthcare providers, insurers, insurance intermediaries, administrators of third-party medical claims, healthcare technology companies and other healthcare workers will need to evaluate their existing practices and comply with the law. The Act is scheduled to published in the Gazette.

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