Abu Dhabi: DoH develops strategy to enhance healthcare sector

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Abu Dhabi (DoH) has launched the region’s first strategy for healthcare information security to further safeguard patients’ healthcare data by enhancing the information infrastructure around Abu Dhabi’s healthcare sector.


DoH is the first entity in the healthcare industry to develop such a strategy, and it is part of a larger effort to improve the sector's information infrastructure. This new strategy will give framework to the Emirate’s proactive response to cybersecurity threats, while remaining focused on digital transformations through enabling technology, innovation and AI adoption in healthcare sector.


Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, Under-Secretary of DoH, said, "At DoH, we take pride in adopting a proactive approach that is inspired by the vision of our wise leadership in order to continue to strive for excellence and provide world-class innovative services through technology. Our approach to tackling cybersecurity includes implementing a host of processes and proactive measures that help mitigate associated risks and ensures full readiness to effectively and safely respond to any digital threats or attacks."

 The strategy will consist of six key areas of focus, including cybersecurity governance, cybersecurity resilience, cybersecurity capabilities, cybersecurity partnerships, cybersecurity maturity and cybersecurity innovation.


Al Kaabi added, "We intend to work alongside our partners for the roll out of the updated strategy and take secure steps to support and contribute to the enhancement of the healthcare sectors’ digital transformation journey and the utilisation of modern technology with the aim of continuing to provide high healthcare service quality to all members of the community."

The strategy will be put into place immediately and all healthcare facilities in Abu Dhabi, including healthcare professionals, insurance providers, service providers, vendors and authorized parties will be mandated to, handle, process and store patients’ healthcare data.

The strategy will align the healthcare sector’s cybersecurity initiatives with that of the national agenda.

Source: WAM

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