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Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Dubai Healthcare City Authority - Regulatory signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during Gitex Technology Week 2018 to link the licensing data of health professionals using blockchain. 

Dr Marwan Al Mulla, CEO of Health Regulation, DHA, and Dr Ramadan Al Blooshi, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory, signed the MoU on Tuesday to link DHA’s Sheryan smart licensing system and Dubai Healthcare City Authority’s Masaar e-services portal through the blockchain network for licensing health professionals. 

The MoU will allow for the exchange of licensing data of health professionals to improve services and facilitate licensing and transfer of personnel in Dubai. Both parties will identify the list of common services, procedures and data to be linked electronically via blockchain to improve the services provided to health professionals.

Commenting on the MoU, Dr Al Mulla said electronically linking the data of healthcare professionals in Dubai unifies policies and simplifies procedures related to the licensing of healthcare professionals, enhancing efficiency and reducing costs.  

Dr Al Mulla added that the Dubai Healthcare City Authority is one of the strategic partners of DHA. The authority is keen to strengthen its relations with all of its strategic partners in both public and private sectors to continue to provide quality health services to the people of Dubai.  

“This agreement, the latest with DHA, our strategic partner in developing the health sector in the emirate of Dubai, will help us to collectively tap into the new opportunities that blockchain technology is opening,” said Dr Al Blooshi.

“The Dubai government has estimated that blockchain will save the emirate around Dh5.5 billion annually in document processing alone. In line with this, linking Masaar and the DHA licensing portal through this technology will empower us to achieve new levels of operational and cost efficiency by reducing some of our processes from days to seconds with the click of a button.”