Bio Farma, a pharmaceutical state-owned enterprise holding in Indonesia, has partnered with Google Cloud, ConnectedLife and Fitbit through a new digital health initiative to support the Indonesian government’s Healthy Indonesia blueprint and vision.
Under the Preventive Care Medwell initiative, the parties have created a personalized virtual platform called ConnectedLife with Fitbit, which has been claimed as the “first of its kind” in the country.
What does this mean?
Built into Google Cloud’s infrastructure and data services, ConnectedLife with Fitbit lets users synchronize their health insights with Fitbit to ConnectedLife’s web and mobile dashboards so they understand how their nutrition, sleep, stress levels and daily activities Affects health 6
After users’ consent, the platform will analyze their data and create a “health score” that includes health insights, recommendations, and experiences gained in the hope of inspiring them to improve their quality of life. A press release noted that individuals can be encouraged to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as diabetes.
As a result, healthcare providers and employers can arrange for individuals to have a better understanding of their health risk profile.
ConnectedLife with Fitbit uses Google Cloud’s enterprise-grade capabilities to implement data governance, enhanced data protection and stricter security controls across platforms.
Why it matters
According to the International Diabetes Federation, as of 2021, more than 19.4 million people in Indonesia were estimated to have diabetes. Meanwhile, 73.7 percent of them were expected to have undiagnosed diabetes in the same year. The number is projected to reach more than 23.3 million people by 2030.
“Our goal is not only to cure the disease, but also to help individuals get started early and deal with the root cause of the illness, before it progresses to the stage of need for treatment,” said Soleh Iubi, Bio Pharma’s Chief Transformation and Digital Officer.
“We hope to enable Indonesians to take control of their health, adopt a lifestyle that prevents chronic and serious diseases, and age beautifully with improved quality of life.”
Indonesia’s state-owned enterprise ministry also welcomed the co-operation.
“In addition to making a positive difference in people’s lifestyles, the Preventive Care Medwell Initiative platform will serve as a key resource for data insights that will inform future programs, such as accurate public health that intervenes in the right population at the right time.” Pahala Mansuri, Assistant Minister in the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises.
“Successful nationwide preventive and precise care programs can make a huge difference in preventing or delaying the onset of chronic illness. It will reduce the burden on families and hospitals and ensure that our country’s healthcare system and financial position are sustainable in the long run.”
At a pilot stage, ConnectedLife with Fitbit has 300 initial subscribers so far. Once completed, BioPharma and its affiliates will take the platform to a nationwide network of 450 clinics, 1,200 pharmacies and commercial partners in the next half to three-quarters.
“With ConnectedLife as our innovation partner, we are confident that the combination of devices, software and personalized services – with a strong commitment to data acquisition, privacy and security – can make sense of health information, and inspire Indonesians to take proactive steps toward preventive health. Enable local healthcare providers to provide efficient and high-quality care, ”said Megawati Khi, Country Director of Google Cloud Indonesia.