In line with national efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Dubai Healthcare City Authority -Regulatory (DHCR) has eased certain requirements related to the work of clinical facilities in the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), including tele-consultations and home healthcare services.
The newly introduced measures, effective from 20 March to 20 April 2020, will contribute to increased healthcare access and more efficient utilisation of resources within the free zone.
As part of the new measures, both healthcare facilities and healthcare professionals need to ensure that appropriate medical liability insurance is in place for each of the facilities where professionals will be practising.
Healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses and allied health professionals, can work in multiple facilities in DHCC when providing COVID-19-related care without the need to obtain approvals from DHCR. Previously, healthcare professionals could work in up to four facilities and DHCR approvals were required. Clinical facilities need to enter into agreements with the required healthcare professionals, and follow applicable patient care safety policies and procedures during this interim phase.
During this phase, clinics and hospitals in DHCC can also provide tele-consultation services within licensed specialties without any formal approval from DHCR. Such sessions should be appropriately documented, ensuring secure and encrypted network is provided to the patient at all times.
Moreover, the facilities are now authorised to provide home healthcare services within licensed specialties to existing patients, without any formal approval from DHCR.
“We are working closely with the relevant health authorities to update our measures to enhance our preparedness in responding to the requirements of this evolving situation to ensure the safety of public and healthcare professionals,” said DHCA chief regulatory officer Dr Ramadan AlBlooshi.