Indonesia has made the country’s healthcare facilities transition from physical to electronic medical records mandatory until December 31, 2023. This comes as Southeast Asia’s largest population enacted a ministerial regulation on medical records late last month.
In accordance with Indonesia’s Health Ministry press statement dated September 9, the ministerial regulation serves as a supporting regulatory framework for implementing health technology transformation among Indonesia’s health transformation pillars.
“MEDICAL Ministry knows the developments of digital technology within society, which includes led to the transformation of health services digitisation in order that medical records have to be done electronically with the principles of data and information security and confidentiality,” said Setiaji, chief of the Digital Transformation Office beneath the ministry, in a September 9 virtual press conference.
WHAT IT CAN
The statement also said the country’s healthcare facilities would have to be integrated with the SATUSEHAT platform produced by medical Ministry, which aims to integrate around 8,000 such facilities by the finish of the year. Patients may also have the proper to get their EMR, while referral facilities can easily access the records if patients consent.
“This season, we shall map all health facilities in line with the Digital Maturity Index,” Setiaji said.
“It’ll be known which health facilities are prepared or not. You will see levels later, and from there we utilize it to implement this policy.”
WHY IT MATTERS
MEDICAL Ministry this month listed four great things about EMR for the general public on its official Twitter page.
Within an infographic tweeted on September 11, the ministry wrote among the advantages will be an improvement operating quality; digital forms allowed visitors to get yourself a coherent diagnosis that didn’t require any repetition unlike paper-based records.
Another advantage will be time, cost and manpower efficiency, as the third will be easier usage of the government’s health programmes because of data integration permitted with the initiative.
Finally, the EMR would help “realise a solid national health system” in Indonesia.
“Down the road, electronic medical records will undoubtedly be integrated with the PeduliLindungi application, in order that [the data] could be accessed anywhere and anytime, even for another 25 years,” medical Ministry said in a September 11 tweet.
Initially created being an official COVID-19 tracking platform, PeduliLindungi has been developed as a citizen health app.
ON THE RECORD
In exactly the same statement, Setiaji said medical Ministry would help facilitate the digitalisation of the country’s community health centres locally referred to as puskesmas whose staff don’t have the required skills to take action.
Meanwhile, he added hospitals wouldn’t normally have to hire more workers because doctors or nurses can input the patients’ diagnosis results in to the digital systems.