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Big data can be used to aid JKN: Researchers

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 29 2020   /  01:00 am
Handling a crisis: An employee of the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) serves a customer at the agency’s branch office in Jakarta on July 1.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Researchers are urging the government to tap into big data to optimize the National Health Insurance (JKN) program, which has suffered financial deficits since its establishment. “Big data opens up an opportunity for us to improve the efficiency and quality of health services and solve various issues in the health sector,” SMERU Research Institute director Widjajanti Isdijoso said in a recent virtual discussion. Big data seeks to make sense of large, diverse and changing data sets to address issues and make predictions. One way to capitalize on big data is to use it to predict patients who have a high risk of high-cost, catastrophic diseases based on their economic, social and health factors, SMERU research and outreach deputy director Athia Yumna said during the discussion. Such predictions would help health facilities prevent costly diseases early and use more e...