Arlington, VA – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced that it has awarded a grant to Indonesia’s Ministry of Health (MoH) for a feasibility study and pilot project to develop a national imaging data repository (NIDR). The NIDR will allow healthcare providers to reach, diagnose and treat underserved communities across Indonesia using a cloud-based centralized warehouse for patient information. Illinois-based GE HealthCare will partner with MoH on performing the assistance.
“Indonesia is placing considerable focus on the digitalization of its healthcare sector, to strengthen its resilience using innovative technology and to support economic growth,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Director. “Our unique ability within the U.S. government to fund pilot projects offers our overseas partners real-world scenarios to evaluate how best to deploy innovative technologies for their infrastructure priorities. This will be especially beneficial for the MoH, which has an ambitious nationwide plan to utilize information technology to deliver quality healthcare to its underserved citizens.”
USTDA’s pilot will initially focus on sending radiology and cardiology images to a cloud-hosted environment that will provide a centralized location to view all patient medical information for referring physicians from 10 hospitals in the greater Jakarta region. This process will eventually provide a baseline for a larger data aggregation and clinical collaboration across Indonesia. When fully implemented, the NIDR will enable the retrieval of images, data, and medical information from patient profiles that are accessible through smart devices, allowing real-time diagnostics of digital images for clinics without access to radiology and cardiology specialists. The NIDR can be expanded and serve as a platform for a variety of other patient types such as orthopedic, obstetrics, as well as support a large network of primary care facilities and hospitals in the country.
“The United States has excelled globally as a leader in healthcare, and this new partnership will continue to deepen the long-term engagement between our two countries in this critical area. The strong support from USTDA will catalyze our collaboration with leading U.S. medical technology providers to enhance access to critical cardiology care in Indonesia,” said Kunta Wibawa Dasa Nugraha, Secretary General of the Indonesia Ministry of Health. “Digital Transformation is at the forefront of our policy agenda in Indonesia, and we see this as a key step to achieving our ambitions.”
“GE HealthCare has been at the forefront of innovation for several decades, and our collaboration with the Indonesia Ministry of Health and USTDA will create a model for health IT deployments across ASEAN,” said John Insko, Chief Commercial Officer for GE HealthCare. “We are thrilled to be introducing our best-in-class solutions to new markets and help fill a much-needed gap in healthcare access to one of the biggest countries in the world.”
Deputy Chief of Mission Michael F. Kleine for U.S. Embassy Jakarta said: “As the pandemic has shown us, healthcare requires international cooperation at the highest levels. The U.S. government is proud to work together with Indonesia to promote innovative digital solutions from the United States that will strengthen Indonesia’s health system.”
USTDA’s assistance advances one of the key pillars of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, which aims to strengthen global health security through investments in patient-centered health services. It also advances the Indonesia MoH’s “Blueprint of Digital Health Transformation Strategy 2024.”
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority infrastructure projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.