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Press Release: Summit Institute for Development and The Ministry of Health Accelerate Digital Transformation of Primary Health Care Through Capacity Building Interoperability Digital Health Data

Jakarta, February 27, 2024 - Summit Institute for Development (SID), in collaboration with the Digital Transformation Office (DTO) of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia, organized a Digital Capacity Building Training for Districts: Introduction to Interoperability and FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources).

A total of 44 participants from the Health Office and Communication Office from eight districts in Indonesia gathered at the Habitare Hotel, Jakarta, on February 27-28, 2024, to learn about the interoperability of various FHIR-based healthcare service applications and electronic medical record standardization. It is hoped that the participants will be able to understand the basics of applications, recording, and also the data exchange and use system at the district level that synergizes with the SATUSEHAT ecosystem.

Currently, there are many health applications whose data is not integrated. For example, currently there are around 400 more applications at the central and local government levels that are not connected or interoperable. This makes it difficult for local governments to use data to improve the quality of routine services, improve the performance of frontline workers. In addition, the central government also has difficulty monitoring program implementation and issuing policies.

In addition to understanding the data interoperability system, this training is also expected to accelerate the process of digitizing health services, especially at the district level. The use of the SATUSEHAT ecosystem is also expected to simplify the medical record recording system, thereby reducing the workload of primary healthcare providers.

"We hope that districts will be digitally capable so that they can use data for action, for example, if there are gaps in public health services, frontline workers such as midwives, nurses, doctors, and cadres can immediately close the gaps, including related parties in the district, such as the Health Office and other agencies such as the Information and Communication Office," said Yuni Dwi Setiyawati, CEO of Summit Institute for Development.

By using the FHIR health information exchange standard, it is hoped that the data can be recorded, collected and used for action - both from healthcare providers such as puskesmas, clinics, startups, and also health workers in the field. It can also be directly interpreted and displayed on the dashboard in the SATUSEHAT ecosystem. Currently, there are 25,163 registered health facilities integrated with SATUSEHAT, 21,939 integrated have been given production APIs, and 9,164 health facilities that send data to SATUSEHAT.

"We need a protocol or data exchange, because without data integration, it is difficult for the government to deliver data because it takes time to get data and interventions will be difficult. Why we use FHIR because it is a data exchange standard that can also be used in Indonesia," said Dymas Manggala, Head of Data from the Digital Transformation Office, Ministry of Health.

This Capacity Building is expected to be successful in the Primary Health Care Integration (ILP) program, a program specially designed to bring health services closer to the community, using FHIR-standard technology and systems for data interoperability, using local area monitoring (PWS) dashboards to display information and ongoing capacity building for frontline workers.

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