Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has announced the launch of KKMNOW, a new website that he says “will help the public understand the latest in healthcare with hard data”. The website is done in collaboration with the Department of Statistics.
KKMNOW can probably be considered an expansion of the COVIDNOW website, which only displays data related to COVID-19. With this new website, people can access data on other things like blood availability, organ donation and hospital bed utilisation. More data, such as those on ambulance response time, medicine stock and mortality are to be added down the line.
Khairy says that KKMNOW is a “living website”, and that “new data sets will be introduced every week for the next few weeks”. The minister also says that he hopes this will encourage other ministries to share their data.
According to the New Straits Times, this makes the Ministry of Health the first ministry to provide an open data source to the public. The report also states that the ministry hopes to include road accident data and floods to KKMNow as well. Relating these to the purview of the Health Ministry, the report quotes the minister as saying that accidents may have casualties, and that their treatment may involve blood transfusions. Floods, on the other hand, are known to spread diseases, and therefore is relevant to to ministry.
Fully open sourced and open data.
New data sets introduced every week for the next few weeks. https://t.co/Qev1s8iF5O
— Khairy Jamaluddin (@Khairykj) October 5, 2022
You can check out the KKMNOW website by hitting the link below. Most of the data can be found under the Dashboards section, which will definitely be to the delight of those who love their numbers. You can also view these stats for the country as a whole, or break them down by each individual state, as well as the three Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan.
(Source: KKMNOW, Khairy Jamaluddin / Twitter, NST)
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