Our first edition of 2022 focuses on Healthcare and Life Sciences. It is a sector that will once again have the spotlight on it this year as we continue to tackle COVID-19 and its subsequent variants. While the pandemic continues to challenge the sector, governments across the region forge ahead with their plans to expand and upgrade healthcare systems and develop robust world-class healthcare infrastructure.
For the region, healthcare is a vital pillar in diversifying its economies, both locally and as medical tourism hubs. To underpin this, healthcare authorities across the region continue to implement frameworks and regulations that provide structure and accountability.
In this edition, you have unique access to great insights and expert commentary on a number of pertinent healthcare regulatory developments. You will find a topical mix of articles; for example, our lawyers discuss vaccines and returning to work during the pandemic. They take you through several other areas, including stem cell research in Bahrain, clinical research laws in Egypt, and Saudi medical device and pharmaceutical laws.Take a read of the edition
All healthcare facilities licensed by the Abu Dhabi Department of Health (“DOH”) are required to participate in the Abu Dhabi Health Information Exchange (“HIE”), Malaffi. All healthcare facilities are required to integrate with the Malaffi platform this year, in accordance with the Malaffi launch schedule. Additionally, the DOH intends to make on-boarding to the Malaffi platform a pre-requisite for applying for new or renewing healthcare facility licences in Abu Dhabi, effective 1 April 2021.
In the event that any facilities have still not completed all of the Malaffi assessments, such as the participation agreement, facility declaration, questionnaires, or security assessments, DOH has requested that these be completed immediately.
In order to integrate with the HIE, facilities are required to implement an electronic medical record system (“EMR”) that is interoperable with Malaffi, prior to integrating with the platform. Such EMR’s are required to be implemented prior to the end of the year, and must be in compliance with DOH standards. Further, participation in Malaffi must comply with the DOH Policy on Abu Dhabi Health Information Exchange (“ADHIE”).
Malaffi (Arabic for ‘my file’) has been developed with the intention of being a “centralized database of real-time public health information, making syndromic surveillance and management of chronic diseases possible by identifying potential spread of disease, helping prevent epidemics and enabling the government to create medical response action plans to ensure public health and safety”. Malaffi currently reports that it has executed agreements with 2,057 healthcare facilities and connected with 622 healthcare facilities, thus far.
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