Thailand’s National Health Data Center (HDC) or the 43 files could be considered as “Big Data” in healthcare.
Volume: The 43 files cover extensive health data across Thailand, encompassing millions of medical records.
Velocity: Given Thailand’s sizable population and the constant flow of healthcare services, data is generated and updated rapidly.
Variety: The data includes various types such as textual clinical data and numeric lab tests making it diverse.
Veracity: Ensuring data accuracy is crucial. The HDC uses rigorous verification methods to maintain high data quality.
Value: The data has immense value for epidemiological studies, policy-making, and healthcare improvements.
Variability: The data can be highly inconsistent due to seasonal diseases or public health crises, affecting its structure and interpretation.
Vulnerability: Health data is sensitive; thus, strong security measures are essential.
Visualization: Effective visual tools are needed to interpret this complex and multi-layered data.
Volatility: How long data should be stored is vital, especially when considering the speed of medical advancements.
Validity: The data must be valid and conform to compliance standards, like those set by HIPAA or local Thai regulations.