The UAE Health Data Law requires healthcare providers that utilize information technology and communications (ITC) to implement security measures to ensure Health Data’s availability, confidentiality, validity, and credibility. These measures must protect Health Data from unauthorized access, by implementing technical, organizational, and operational policies and procedures.
◈ Accuracy. Healthcare providers are responsible for ensuring that the data they process is reliable and accurate.
◈ Purpose limitation. Health Data can only be used for the provision of health services, unless the subject of the Health Data (the patient) gives written authorization for its use otherwise.
◈ Consent to disclosure. Health Data is prohibited from being disclosed to a third-party unless it is permitted by law, or the patient gives written consent for the disclosure.
◈ Security measures. Healthcare providers must safeguard Health Data by implementing security measures to prevent unauthorized alteration, amendment, addition, deletion, or damage.
One of the most important aspects of the UAE healthcare law is the requirement to keep Health Data within the UAE. The Health Data Law prohibits healthcare entities from transferring, processing, or storing Health Data outside of the Kingdom, unless they receive authorization from the health authority and government ministry.