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Info to be used to monitor outbreak of infections

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017

PETALING JAYA: Information from the Malaysian Health Data Warehouse (MyHDW) can be used to monitor any outbreak of infections like dengue and influenza.

Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president Dr John Chew said the effectiveness of treatment for diseases such as hypertension and diabetes could also be tracked and policy changes made quickly.

“This is the future – to mine big data to help health policy planning. It has much potential and hopefully, it will be realised with the linking of all clinics and hospitals in the private and public sectors,” he said.

The first phase of MyHDW has recently gone live. Dr Chew said any data transmitted should not have the names of the patients.

Malaysian Digital Economy Consumer Association secretary-general Muhammad Sha’ani Abdullah said in view of the Personal Data Protection Act, the Government needed to clarify how the private sector data would be collected.

“While the Government can record the information they need and is not covered by the Act, private companies need to get consent for using consumers’ information and sharing and keeping this secure. The issue must be clarified,” he said.

Sha’ani also said that despite a law prohibiting personal data from being acquired or distributed without the consent of consumers, many still did not understand this or adhere to it.

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