The Jakarta Post
The United Kingdom and Indonesia are sharing best practices to accelerate community-based telemedicine in both countries as demand for digital health services rises during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The British Embassy in Jakarta and the Indonesian Health Ministry organized two workshops on telemedicine on Monday and Tuesday. They highlighted the best practices from the United Kingdom and other countries, along with a road map for digital health services in Indonesia.
In a series of virtual workshops, the British Embassy helped the Health Ministry develop regulations and practices to increase access to safe and high-quality health services in the country.
Achmad Yurianto, senior advisor on technology and globalization to the Health Minister, said Indonesia, with the fourth-largest population in the world, needed telemedicine to ensure health access for all residents.
“I believe that [improved telemedicine] would bring benefits to more than 269 million people living on 17,504 islands throughout Indonesia. Currently, the Health Ministry is in the process of developing a telemedicine platform to open wider access to safe, secure and quality health services for all Indonesian people in all regions – called SehatPedia,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
The British embassy invited two healthcare experts from NHSx, a team of UK healthcare experts, to deliver the UK-Indonesia Telemedicine and Digital Healthcare Workshops.
The deputy national CCIO for NHSx, Gareth Thomas, said collaboration between clinicians and the government was important to support digital transformation in response to the pandemic.
NHSx director of innovation Lisa Hollins said her organization was adopting remote monitoring technology so that healthcare practitioners could observe their patients at home using their phone or other devices.
“In areas where COVID-19 cases are relatively high, NHSx provides a virtual ward for patients. Monitoring is done at home and decisions on treatment can be taken remotely,” Hollins stated.