Indonesia’s digital health maturity in 2023 revealed and more briefs

The Indonesian Ministry of Health, through the Center for Data and Information Technology, has recently announced the results of the 2023 digital maturity assessment for provincial and district/city health services, hospitals, and health service facilities.

Supported by the United States Agency for International Development-The Country Health Information and Data Systems Use, the assessment revealed that 146 provinces and districts/cities who participated scored an average of 2.73 out of 5.00. 

It also noted “excellent” digital maturity scores and adoption of EMRs from 10 provincial health offices, 10 district/city health offices, and 10 hospitals, who all together scored an average of 4.52. 

Ministry of Health secretary-general Kunta Wibawa Dasa Nugraha said they hope the results can become “a reflection and evaluative step for health facilities to identify strengths, weaknesses and potential gaps in each health service unit.”

The ministry started conducting digital maturity assessments of health services in 2022. 

The Indonesian Ministry of Health also announced recently that it has worked with the local family-run charity Tanoto Foundation to develop digital learning modules to help raise the capacity of about 1.5 million community health workers called Posyandu cadres.

The modules are aimed at helping them master 25 basic competencies, including the ability to explain the use of the Buku KIA (Maternal and Child Health) handbooks for parents, provide education on breastfeeding and complementary feeding, and improve their interpersonal communication skills. 

The Posyandu cadre training modules have been included in the Plataran Sehat platform, a learning management system run by the Ministry of Health. Trials are now being conducted with Posyandu workers in three districts in East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara and West Java provinces, according to Tanoto Foundation Indonesia head Inge Kusuma.

Meanwhile, Tanoto is also supporting the integration of the Aplikasi Sehat IndonesiaKu (ASIK) system used by community health workers with the national health management platform Satusehat. 

The foundation has invested about IDR 16 billion ($1 million) in developing the Posyandu cadre training modules and the Satusehat integration. 

HealthCare Global Enterprises, one of India’s largest cancer care networks, has recently unveiled its mobile application.

Developed in collaboration with PwC, Salesforce, Kloudarc, and TCS, the HCG Care app features a range of digital services, including doctor appointment booking, sharing and accessing medical records, virtual consultation with an oncologist, accessing information about customised treatment plans, buying medicines, seeking counselling, nutritional and dietary, and other expert advice, and booking home and rehabilitation care services. 

Now available on Android and iOS devices, the platform also allows care teams to consolidate patient records and disseminate and analyse individual medical reports to enhance coordination. Doctors can leverage the advanced data analytics of the app to help with their treatment decision-making.

The team behind an automated clinical trial-matching platform for cancer patients has been awarded SG$50,000 ($37,000) at the annual innovation challenge of the Duke-National Univesity of Singapore Medical School.

Aiming to enhance clinical trial accessibility and simplify referrals, OncoPATH uses a large language model to match patients to the right trials. They are matched according to their diagnosis, stage of cancer, mutational profile and sites of disease. The platform has the “potential to improve recruitment, reducing trial duration and overall costs,” claims Chua Shi Ling, clinical research coordinator at the National Cancer Centre Singapore.

With the award, the OncoPATH team can proceed to further develop and start commercialising their technology.

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