Jakarta (ANTARA) - Head of the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI), Daeng M. Faqih, has emphasized the need for digital technology utilization for the management of chronic diseases.

"I think the use of digital technology can push an integrated treatment of chronic diseases, so the continuity of care can be applied well," he remarked at an online health discussion on Wednesday.

According to Faqih, without technological innovation, it would be difficult to realize a sustainable treatment and care program for chronic diseases, considering that they need well-organized monitoring.

"If we do not use technology, the continuity of care will be burdensome because chronic diseases do not involve a one-time treatment," he explained.

The treatment for many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, costs a lot and is complex, he pointed out. Moreover, without regular treatment, the illness can worsen and absorb more BPJS (healthcare and social security agency) financing and the services can become more arduous, he added.

"There is even a special program for chronic diseases," he said.

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Chronic diseases can accelerate other illnesses such as degenerative diseases, he added. Degenerative diseases affect cells and bodily functions, thus reducing patients' productivity, he highlighted.

IDI's Research Agency head Marhaen Hardjo voiced a similar view. According to Hardjo, digital technology, such as telemedicine, is not impossible to adopt.

"With the advancement of technology and globalization, the health sector is integrated into one system. Then, telemedicine offers solutions that are supported by the issuance of regulations in Indonesia," he explained.

Meanwhile, according to Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin, digital transformation in the health sector is one of the Indonesian government's focuses.

"AI, big data, and IoT will drastically change the health industry, starting from the diagnoses, testing, screening, until the delivery," he said.

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Editor: Suharto
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