PureHealth and the UAE Cyber Security Council have signed an agreement to enhance cybersecurity resilience across the UAE's healthcare sector.

The collaboration reinforces PureHealth's commitment to safeguarding sensitive clinical and patient data, while proactively countering evolving cyber threats within the healthcare sector. Beyond immediate objectives, the partnership is also forward-looking, focusing on preparing for the future and addressing associated risks, and demonstrating PureHealth’s commitment to embracing transformative healthcare technology.

The partnership will see both parties come together to strengthen the UAE's cybersecurity agenda within the healthcare domain including the exchange of critical information on emerging security risks, a joint action plan for responding to incidents and sharing insights on malware threats and indicators of compromise. The partnership will also involve the exchange of educational materials, organising technical events, implementing cybersecurity training programs, disseminating awareness materials and offering advisory assistance during security incidents.

His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Hamad Al-Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity for the UAE Government, said that cooperation with PureHealth falls in line within the framework of the council’s keenness of enhancing the quality of healthcare, supporting the means of confronting cyber challenges and protecting digital services for patients and the health sector. His Excellency added that the collaboration also falls in line with the rapid technological development the world is witnessing, which requires effective cyber protection systems that preserve the custody of health records and ensure information security and patient’s data privacy.

His Excellency explained that the healthcare sector is always a target for cyberattacks due to the sensitivity of the information. 

His Excellency Al Kuwaiti also emphasised the importance of protecting data, developing the skills of work teams in the field of digital safety and the ability to respond to any challenges related to personal data, patient files and treatment. His Excellency Al Kuwaiti indicated that the UAE Cybersecurity Council is building a robust base and a safe infrastructure for cybersecurity in the UAE. The council wants to make this topic an integral part of the culture of institutions and individuals. This move reflects the leadership’s vision and the country’s proactive approach in facing the various challenges posed by the emerging digital technologies.

Farhan Malik, Managing Director and CEO of PureHealth, said: “In recognition of the dynamic evolution of healthcare in this 4th Industrial Revolution, where digitalisation of services and healthcare will push towards the edge, we acknowledge that these opportunities come with the risks associated with technology deployment. At PureHealth, we are proactively embracing this paradigm shift where the Internet of Medical Things (IOMT) will become a norm within the digitisation roadmap. Our commitment to leveraging cutting-edge technology and advanced artificial intelligence solutions goes hand-in-hand with our mission to set new benchmarks in healthcare excellence and to ensure the sector’s robustness and preparedness for the future, not only in UAE but also beyond.

“In line with this vision, our collaboration with the UAE Cyber Security Council stands as a testament to our dedication to fostering a secure and resilient healthcare ecosystem in the UAE. We remain steadfast in our strategic collaborations, working collectively to forge an ecosystem that prioritises safety, health and wellbeing of our citizens, and longevity, in alignment with the UAE leadership’s vision for a progressive and sustainable society.”

According to healthcare cybersecurity statistics, healthcare providers daily deploy more connected medical devices, accounting for up to 74% of all devices connected to a hospital's network.

A joint working group, comprising representatives from both organisations, will be set up to oversee the implementation of vital areas of collaboration outlined in the agreement. Both organisations will actively coordinate technical working sessions, seminars, study visits and training courses to facilitate knowledge sharing and skill development.

The UAE Cyber Security Council works to ensure a safe and resilient infrastructure for cybersecurity in the UAE and promotes the culture of cybersecurity among institutions and individuals. The council embodies the progressive vision of the UAE leadership and the country’s proactive approach to dealing with the various challenges posed by adoption of fast-paced digital technologies.

At its core, PureHealth harnesses artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to redefine health care delivery and challenge life spans, thereby future-proofing healthcare and driving the next wave of innovation. PureHealth is spearheading the ambitious endeavour of creating a Hospital in the Cloud through efficient data management. With its transformative vision, this healthcare platform continues to exert a profound influence on the lives of individuals not only in the UAE but also across borders.