Malaffi Receives International AccreditationsinPatient Data Security

Malaffi Receives International AccreditationsinPatient Data Security

  • Accreditations received from two global regulatory authorities in recognition of Malaffi’s dedication to information securityand privacy
  • Malaffi is the first ever Health Information Exchange outside of the US to receive certification from EHNAC, in recognition of adherence to stringent privacy and security regulations

Abu Dhabi –30 May, 2021: Malaffi, the region’s first Health Information Exchange (HIE) and a strategic initiativeof the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DOH), today announced that it has received accreditation from two global authorities –the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) – recognising excellence in data privacy and security best practices.

Malaffienables the real-time exchange of important patient health information between all public and private healthcare providers across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Since its inception in 2019, data safety and securityhasbeena top priority for the organisation. ISO and EHNAC arestringent regulators who assess a company’s dedication to information securitythrough rigorous on-site audits and evaluations. This global recognition demonstrates that excellence in data handling is fundamentalto Malaffi and reaffirms the platform’s dedication to keeping patients and their health information safethrough its robust data security standards.

Malaffi is the first HIE outside of the US to ever have been awarded EHNAC accreditation.EHNAC’s Health Information Exchange Accreditation Programme (HIEAP) assesses the platform for global privacy policies, security measures, technical performance, business practices and organisational resources. It also reviews the governance structure and how the HIE is managed, ensuring enhancedtrust among the healthcare community and patients alike.

ISO, an independentorganisation which sets the standard for international best practices, awarded Malaffi the ISO 27001:2013 Certification (also referred to as ISO 27001). The certification is given to organisations who adhere to best practice standards in establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving security management, whilst managing and minimising risk.

Atif Al Braiki, the Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Health Data Services, the operator of Malaffi, said:“Technology isrevolutionising healthcare delivery globally, andinnovative solutions like HIEs,which allow the exchange of real-time, meaningful information, support safer, more efficient and more effective healthcare delivery. Privacy and security of patients go hand in hand with their care and ensuring effective safety measures are in place to protect data is critical. We are in a unique position of trust, so in addition to compliance with all Emirate-wide and federal health privacy laws and data standards, westrive to adhere to global best practice. Prioritising security has always been at the heart of Malaffi’s journey, as we have aligned with the highest standards, continuously assessed and addressed potential risks and worked to improve our data security capabilities. Recognition from the ISO and EHNAC reaffirms our successful commitment to the integrity of patient security.”

Speaking about this important achievement for Malaffi, Abdulla Bader Al Sayari, Chief Information Security Officer at DoH said: “Recognition from independent, international bodies is extremely important for our healthcare system. In a short space of time, we have built a health infrastructure that is on a par with some of the most advanced in the world. Always at the heart of this ambitious journey, is the safety of our patients and the security of their health information. By looking to global benchmarks and organisations like ISO and EHNAC, whose sole ambition is to improve data standards, we can ensure that Malaffi adheres to the highest criteria and enables the Department of Health to offer high quality healthcare services.”

EHNAC Executive Director and CEO, Lee Barrettsaid: “The EHNAC was established to promote accreditation within the healthcare industry, to help our partners achieve the highest standards ofconfidentiality, integrity, quality and accountability in all they do. With the implementation of such innovative technology for the first time in Abu Dhabi, instilling a sense of stakeholder-trust is vitally important. As the leading accreditation authority for HIEs, EHNAC recognises the efforts made by Malaffi and the Department of Health-Abu Dhabi to continuously promote standards that support compliance, interoperability, trust, quality, innovation and regulatory compliance at all times, and congratulates Malaffi on being the first recipient of the accreditation outside of the US.”

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About Department of Health (DOH)

The Department of Health – (DOH) is the regulatory body of the Healthcare Sector at the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and ensures excellence in Healthcare for the community by monitoring the health status of the population. DOH defines the strategy for the health system, monitors and analyses the health status of the population and performance of the system. In addition, DOH shapes the regulatory framework for the health system, inspects against regulations, enforce standards, and encourages adoption of world – class best practices and performance targets by all healthcare service providers in the Emirate. DOH also drives programs to increase awareness and adoption of healthy living standards among the residents of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in addition to regulating scope of services, premiums and reimbursement rates of the health system in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. For more information visitwww.doh.gov.ae.

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