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Senior Principle Assistant Director, Disease Control Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia

Dr Maheshwara Rao A/L Appannan

Dr Mahesh is an avid advocate of digital health, data driven strategies and policy making. Being attached to the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH), Public Health was an area of interest, focusing on evidence-based medicine (EBM), using latest technology and artificial intelligence in the healthcare sector. The latest task was to lead the digital health team for COVID-19 Pandemic Management in Malaysia. During the challenging times, the team developed a COVID19 outbreak management system, a community empowerment mobile application (MySejahtera), strategic partnerships with governmental and non-governmental agencies for big data analytics. Besides that, the team also managed Malaysia’s COVID-19 data repository via GitHub and translating those data for public viewing via COVIDNOW. 

Passion in preventive medicine drove him to venture into a healthcare revolution where digital transformation, artificial intelligence & Internet of Things were utilized to modernize healthcare. Dr. Mahesh strongly believes that information technology, big data and professional healthcare are paramount in ensuring a healthy disease free community focusing on preventive medicine.