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Indonesia officially requires its healthcare facilities to implement EMRs

Indonesia officially requires its healthcare facilities to implement EMRs
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Indonesia has mandated the transition of the country’s healthcare facilities from physical to electronic health records until December 31, 2023. This is because Southeast Asia’s largest population issued a ministerial regulation on medical records late last month.

According to the press statement of Indonesia’s Ministry of Health on September 9, the ministerial regulation serves as a supportive regulatory framework for implementing health technology transformation – one of the pillars of health transformation in Indonesia.

“The Ministry of Health is aware of the developments of digital technology in society, which has led to the transformation of the digitization of health services so that medical records should be done electronically with the principles of data and information security and confidentiality,” according to Setiaji, head of the Digital Transformation Bureau under the ministry, during a virtual press conference on September 9.

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WHAT IT DOES

The statement also said the country’s healthcare facilities should be integrated with the SATUSEHAT platform developed by the Ministry of Health, which aims to integrate about 8,000 such facilities by the end of this year. Patients also have the right to receive their EHR, while referral facilities have access to the records if patients agree.

“This year we will map all health facilities based on the Digital Maturity Index,” said Setiaji.

“It will be known which health facilities are ready or not. Later there will be levels and from there we use it to implement this policy.”

WHY IT MATTER

The Ministry of Health this month listed four benefits of EMR for the public on its official Twitter page.

in a infographic tweeted on Sept. 11, the ministry wrote that one of the benefits would be an improvement in service quality; digital forms allowed people to make a coherent diagnosis that required no repetition – unlike paper records.

Another advantage would be time, cost and manpower efficiency, while the third would be easier access to government health programs thanks to the data integration enabled by the initiative.

Finally, the EMR would help to “achieve a strong national health system” in Indonesia.

“Later, electronic health records will be integrated with the PeduliLindungi application, so that [the data] accessible anywhere, anytime, even for the next 25 years,” said the Ministry of Health said in a Sept. 11 tweet.

Originally created as an official COVID-19 tracking platform, PeduliLindungi is being developed as a citizen health app.

ON THE REGISTRATION

In the same statement, Setiaji said the Ministry of Health would help facilitate the digitization of national health centers – known locally as puskesmas – whose staff lack the necessary skills to do so.

Meanwhile, he added that hospitals would not have to hire more staff because doctors or nurses could input the patients’ diagnosis results into the digital systems.

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