Let’s Talk About: Health-Tech Development in Indonesia and the Netherlands

Looking at the recent developments of the Health Technology in Indonesia and the Netherlands, the Embassy invited experts from both countries to discuss challenges, development, and outlook of the sector. The panel discussion was hosted on 23 October, in the framework of Indonesia Hospital Expo.

In the framework of Indonesia Hospital Expo, the event was opened with remarks from Hans de Brabander (Head of Economic Dept. of the Embassy) and dr. Agus Hadian Rahim, Sp.OT(K), M.Epid, MH.Kes (Secretary of Directorate General Healthcare Facilities, Indonesian Ministry of Health).

The first panel discussed the role of Government in accelerating the development. Representing the Indonesian Government, dr. Agus Hadian Rahim, Sp.OT(K), M.Epid, MH.Kes (Ministry of Health) and Dr. I Nyoman Adhiarna (Ministry of Communication and Informatics) shared the recent developments in Indonesia and how both Ministries support health innovators that help alleviate challenges in the provision of healthcare in Indonesia.

From the perspective of private sector, dr. Gregorius Bimantoro (Indonesia HealthTech Association) stressed the importance of cooperation between public and private institutions in developing the sector. This is also supported by Alex Holsbergen (Task Force Healthcare NL) that shared the experience of being active in the Dutch Healthcare industry. Looking at the shared challenges, representative from the Dutch Government, Joost Nuijten (Embassy) saw the opportunity for more exchanges of knowledge and expertise between the two countries. 

Experiences from the eyes of private sector was the main deliverable of the second panel discussion, featuring Anda Sapardan (TeleCTG), dr. Agnes Susanto (ProSehat), Laurens van Hoorn (Amsterdam Health and Technology Institute), and Ronald Zwartkruis (Topicus). Panelists expressed the importance of talents and funding in developing health innovation. More importantly, health innovators must comply with various regulations especially since healthcare concerns the well-being of patients. Right partners and approaches are important factors to scaling up health innovation internationally. All panelists emphasized the key role of health technology to solve existing challenges in healthcare provision.

Event was closed by networking session where participants can exchange expertise and experiences.