Dubai, UAE: To ensure up-to-date data of the emirate’s growing healthcare sector, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has issued a circular asking facilities and professionals to provide current information.
DHA said failure to do so would carry a fine of Dh5,000. The circular applies to the Dubai healthcare sector, except for the free-zone Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC).
The data is crucial to correct the supply-demand ratio in healthcare services, analyse gaps and strengths in the health sector and channel investment to further Dubai’s medical tourism initiative.
According to the Authority’s Regulation Department, data such as patient demographics, bed-space capacity, availability of specialties, size of the facility and number of super- and sub-specialties, as well as support services, is necessary for capacity planning.
The information will be uploaded through DHA’s Sheryan Services, an electronic system for licensing, healthcare facilities and professionals. The licensing system is applicable to 117 specialties and allows a healthcare professional to apply from any part of the world — more than 240,000 applications have been processed to date.
Speaking to Gulf News, Dr Ramadan Ebrahim, Director of Regulation at the DHA, said: “The information is integral for capacity planning whether for health professionals or facilities. The data will promote healthcare investments in the fields we require and prevent oversupply or undersupply as well as correct supply-demand ratio according to geographical areas. The data will also allow the DHA to track health professionals and ensure they are updated of any changes.”
He explained that the data will feed into the Dubai Clinical Services Capacity Plan (DCSCP) 2020, which will in turn help the DHA’s 2013-2025 strategy in managing current and future healthcare demands from nationals and residents as well as medical tourists.
The 2013-2025 strategy is in line with the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 that aims to help the Dubai government steer the emirate into the next level of growth, development and excellence.
Dr Ebrahim said that those who do not comply will face a fine. “Facilities that fail to submit complete details, including the name of the medical director of the facility, will be fined Dh5,000,” he said. “The same fine applies for healthcare professionals.”
He added that with expansion plans underway, up-to-date data becomes even more crucial.
Dr Laila Mohammad Al Marzouqi, Head of Clinical Governance at the DHA, told Gulf News that in terms of data, contact information of the healthcare professional is important.
“The Authority needs the current contact information of a practising healthcare professional so he or she can be made aware of new or updated regulations,” she said.
“In the case of a healthcare facility, the Authority needs to communicate its recommendations.”
© Gulf NewsAug 2013