The NOIS system collects, stores, retrieves, analyses and disseminates national aggregated obstetric data regarding the mother, pregnancy, delivery and infant outcome. It aims to to provide obstetricians, managers, health educators and non-medical professionals with accurate and timely feedback on aggregated obstetric events of interest.
Data collection started in 2000 and is still ongoing.
The National Obstetric Information System collects and processes personal information regarding all deliveries of 22 weeks gestation and over for statistical and research purposes and in the interests of public health. All data is collected and processed in accordance to the Public Health Act (CAP 465) and Health Act (CAP 528).
The Registry is part of the Directorate for Health Information and Research and is wholly funded by the Government of Malta.
Open aggregate data are available at https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/dhir/Pages/Introduction.aspx where the data in aggregated format could be found and selected for different needs. Access to microdata for research and analytical purposes (for registered researchers, researchers in public administration and registered research institutions) can also be provided after a request for data application form is submitted. Application form for the anonymised microdata is available at the web page: https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/dhir/Pages/request-for-data-form.aspx . Researchers shall send the completed application for obtaining microdata by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests are then handled by internally following strict adherence to ethical and data confidentiality requirements prior to release of data.
DHIR, 95, Telghet Gwardamanga, PIETA', Malta