PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has launched the Malaysian Health Data Warehouse (MyHDW), a one-stop centre for health-related data gathered from public and private hospitals.
Calling it a “significant milestone” in Malaysia's healthcare system, minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said having an integrated data centre will help healthcare providers make more educated decisions for treatment.
“The information that would be available from this database will allow us to make better analysis, and this is useful in the provision and planning of healthcare.
“With better analysis, we can provide service and treatment that is evidence-based and more cost-effective solutions,” said Dr Subramaniam at a press conference after launching the data warehouse Tuesday.
The data warehouse is developed by Mimos Bhd.
Dr Subramaniam said security would be treated as “utmost priority” and assured that patient privacy is protected.
“General health data will be made accessible to all, including the public. However, sensitive information relating to patients’ privacy and identity will not be revealed,” he said.
Health director-general Datuk Seri Noor Hisham Abdullah said in the initial phase, the data pool will contain information from some 2.5 million patients gathered from hospitals in the country.