DHA gets record e-licence applications
Dubai, February 15, 2012
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has received a total of 32,000 applications for healthcare licences since the launch of its online licensing system a few months ago, said a top official.
Announcing this on Wednesday, Dr Ramadan Ibrahim, director of DHA Health Regulation said, "The new system provides healthcare facilities, investors and healthcare professionals a completely online application system and facilitates a completely paperless environment."
“Since the launch of the on line system (Sheryan), we have seen a surge in the number of applicants who are using the electronic method to apply for a license," he stated.
Dr Ibrahim said currently the licensing system is applicable for 117 specialities and the DHA plans to double the specialities available online by 2013.
According to him, this is a significant leap of progress for the health sector and will facilitate further investment in healthcare in Dubai.
"Today, a doctor or a healthcare professional can apply for practice in Dubai from any part of the world through this system. This system will definitely provide an impetus to investment in the sector and is of great convenience to healthcare professionals," he explained.
"For instance, an investor who has established a new hospital in Dubai would require 200-300 nurses. He no longer needs to bring the nurses to Dubai and apply for their license, the nurses can apply for the license online from their home country-this saves time, money and makes the process very simple," he added.
Dr Ibrahim said, "Prometric is the company we have selected for providing us with this facility and they have 300 health centres located across 130 different countries where potential candidates can apply from, so it’s a great benefit for someone looking to work in the health sector in Dubai."
He pointed out that in the near future DHA will start using online services for health inspections as well.
Dr Ibrahim said DHA health regulation inspectors will issue fines and register violations on health facilities online. "Health inspectors will be able to do this using an I-phone or I-pad applications and we will inform the facilities through the online system," he added.-TradeArabia News Service
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