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Regulation Aims to Protect Patient Privacy

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—DUBAI

March 21, 2011

Business Intelligence Middle East reports on regulations to protect patient healthcare privacy in Dubai as awareness of the importance of data protection and privacy issues increases in the Middle East. It's important that medical licensees "are aware of and comply with their obligations" under the 2008 regulation on patient privacy, the report states. The regulation applies to patient health information stored within and outside of Dubai Healthcare City. It requires that health data only be collected when necessary for a "lawful purpose;" that patients have rights to amend or delete their information under certain circumstances, and that data is only transferred to third parties--under prescribed circumstances--that are deemed to have adequate protections under the law.
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