Build health service ecosystem by collaborating with start-ups

Build health service ecosystem by collaborating with start-ups

The Health Ministry's Chief Digital Transformation Office, Setiaji, at an online discussion on Monday (December 6, 2021). (ANTARA/Suci Nurhaliza/FR)

We expect to be able to build a new unicorn, not just in the financial technology (fintech) sector, but also in the health service sector
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Collaboration with start-ups is one of the ways to build a digital health service ecosystem in Indonesia, according to Setiaji from the Health Ministry's Chief Digital Transformation Office during an online discussion on Monday.

Setiaji opined that Indonesia had several startups, especially those in the health sector, which had brilliant ideas but their realization was encumbered by minimalistic budgets.

Hence, the government can make efforts to provide opportunities to startups in that sector to grow.

"As we know, investment for health tech in Asia is only at two percent. This is a very low level of investment, especially in Indonesia," he affirmed.

In building a health service ecosystem, startups should be ensured to follow the applicable standards and regulations, so that they can provide the best services for the people, Setiaji noted.


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"We know that the current challenges for startups are not just the market but also permit. Technology, organization, and security should be up to standards," he emphasized.

Collaboration allows health service facilities to be connected with applications that are expected to help innovators and startups to grow together, he added.

Moreover, the government continues to involve various stakeholders, from academicians to the community and media, to support the development of a health service ecosystem, he remarked.


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Currently, people are using several health service applications, such as PeduliLindungi, which has helped the government to conduct COVID-19 tracking and tracing.

Moreover, the PrimaKu application is developed by the Indonesian Pediatric Society (IDAI) and designed to facilitate parents to monitor their children's growth periodically and sustainably.

"We expect to be able to build a new unicorn, not just in the financial technology (fintech) sector but also in the health service sector," Setiaji said.

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