Empowering healthcare professionals key to digital healthcare success in Indonesia
The COVID-19 pandemic has driven the adoption of digital solutions in Indonesia’s healthcare industry. Better skills, use and application of digital health technology will be central to ensuring a fully successful transformation in this rapidly developing industry.
In driving the implementation of digital healthcare solutions, there is a need to support continuous professional development to provide those in the industry with useful digital skills training programs that encourage innovation and improve the quality of healthcare services.
In a webinar co-hosted by Indonesian Telemedics Alliance (ATENSI) and the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) Economic Cooperation Program Katalis on Thursday (3/2), leading Indonesian and Australian digital healthcare experts exchanged their thoughts on the skills set needed to widen digital literacy in the industry. Among the panelists were Han Xiao Zhang, Counsellor for Education and Research at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta; Dr. Niko Azhari Hidayat, Lecturer at Airlangga University and founder of health start-up Vascular Indonesia; Hendra Tjong, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KlikDokter; Kamini Pillay, Education Manager at Holmesglen Institute, and Amy Zheng, General Manager of the Asian Growth Markets, Cochlear.
The speakers emphasized the need to master the latest digital healthcare technology, which among others include skills related to electronic medical records management, virtual reality, and online simulations to improve the quality of telemedicine services.
In his opening remarks, ATENSI Chairman Prof. Purnawan Junadi said, “The ability of industry players to adopt and use technology in the health sector is currently at a satisfactory level, especially as seen throughout the pandemic. We need to continue strengthening education and training programs on telemedicine down to the regional level. This is in line with the government’s agenda to carry out digital transformation in order to widen access to healthcare in Indonesia. Collaboration with various stakeholders, such as government, associations, and the private sector, is thus needed to meet the goal of the 2045 Golden Generation.”
“As one of the priority sectors of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, health is a key driver of economic recovery. Through Katalis, we support efforts to accelerate skills in the health sector which will boost productivity, gender equality and social inclusion,” said Katalis Director Paul Bartlett.
The Indonesian Telemedics Alliance (ATENSI) is a transdisciplinary communication forum that advances the Indonesian health sector ecosystem, especially in the field of telemedicine through advocacy, services, education, and research by utilizing information and communication technology.
ATENSI also plays a role in bridging Indonesian health personnel with various stakeholders such as regulators and associations related to the development of telemedicine, and in providing adequate and equitable access to health for all Indonesians to achieve the goal of creating Indonesia’s Golden Generation in 2045.