Jakarta, Dec. 16, 2021 — Indonesia, one of the world’s most-populous nations, on Friday launched its first digital health blueprint, laying the groundwork for the country’s digitalization of health services to expand inclusive health care coverage for its 270 million people.
The Ministry of Health, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and with funding from the Government of Japan, launched the blueprint, entitled “Blueprint of Health Digital Transformation Strategy 2024” in a hybrid ceremony which observed strict health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The digital health blueprint aims to lay the ground for building enterprise architecture of health technology in Indonesia. It rests on key pillars such as a digital integration of health information on patients and health providers, as well as an integrated development of digital health infrastructure.
The blueprint will also aid the Government of Indonesia accelerate its national goal to provide universal, affordable, equitable and quality care to all Indonesians, leveraging digital technologies. According to the Ministry of Health, approximately 223.4 million Indonesians are now covered by the National Health Insurance (JKN) and the implementation of the blueprint is expected to widen the coverage.
“We are pleased to present the blueprint for a digital transformation of our health services which will play an instrumental role to enhance health provision across Indonesia. This health roadmap reflects a strong commitment by the Government of Indonesia in its race to attain Indonesia Sehat (Healthy Indonesia) goal, as enshrined in our RPJMN 2020-2024 (medium- and long-term development objective)” said Health Minister, Mr. Budi Gunadi Sadikin in his remarks at the launching ceremony.
The Ambassador of Japan to Indonesia, H.E. Kenji Kasanugi welcomed the launching of the blueprint, and ‘reiterated Japan’s commitment to support Indonesia.
“Japan has joined efforts made by the Government of Indonesia to handle the pandemic. Our support to health digitalization through UNDP will facilitate access to healthcare services in remote areas, and contribute to disease prevention and reductions in medical expenses. We have to design strategies and policies to build more resilient health system to prepare for the future pandemic,” said Mr. Kasanugi.
UNDP Indonesia Resident Representative, Norimasa Shimomura said the blueprint on digital health could bring Indonesia one step closer to providing universal health care for all Indonesians.
“Innovation and agility are part of UNDP’s core values, as we embrace the decade of action to meet the SDG agenda. UNDP is proud to be part of this partnership to formulate this digital health roadmap, because a fully-fledged digitalization in health care will help Indonesia reduce the burden of disease, transform Indonesia’s health system. More individuals in Indonesia, particularly those in underserved areas, can receive much-needed direct health care, as administration and data management shifts to a speedier and more reliable digital platform,” said Mr. Shimomura.
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