Bio Farma, Indonesia’s state-owned pharmaceutical company, has partnered with Google Cloud, ConnectedLife and Fitbit in a new digital health initiative to support the Indonesian government’s concept and vision of “Healthy Indonesia”.
As part of Medwell’s Preventive Care initiative, the parties have developed a personalized virtual platform called ConnectedLife with Fitbit, touted as “the first of its kind” in the country.
WHAT IT DOES
Powered by Google Cloud infrastructure and data services, ConnectedLife with Fitbit allows users to sync their health insights from Fitbit with ConnectedLife’s web and mobile dashboards to understand how their diet, sleep, stress levels, and daily activities affecting their health.
After users agree, the platform analyzes their data and creates a “Wellness Score” that includes health insights, recommendations, and play experiences, hoping to motivate them to improve their lifestyle. A press statement mentioned that individuals can be encouraged to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and reduce the risks of chronic conditions like diabetes.
As a result, healthcare providers and employers can provide individuals with a better understanding of their health risk profiles.
ConnectedLife with Fitbit leverages the enterprise-ready capabilities of Google Cloud to implement data governance, heightened privacy, and tight security controls across the platform.
WHY IT MATTERS
According to the International Diabetes Federation, more than 19.4 million people in Indonesia were estimated to have diabetes in 2021. Meanwhile, 73.7 percent of them were expected to have had undiagnosed diabetes in the same year. The number is projected to increase to more than 23.3 million people by 2030.
“Our mission is not only to cure disease, but to help people start early and get to the root of disease before it reaches the point where it needs treatment,” said Soleh Ayubi, Chief Transformation and Digital Officer of Bio Farma.
“We hope to empower Indonesians to take control of their health, adopt a lifestyle that prevents chronic and serious diseases, and age gracefully with improved quality of life.”
The Indonesian Ministry of State Enterprises also welcomed the cooperation.
“Platform data from the Medwell Preventive Care Initiative will not only drive positive lifestyle changes for individuals, but will serve as a key resource for insights that inform future programs such as: said Pahala Mansury, vice minister of the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises.
“Successful nationwide prevention and precision care programs can make a huge difference in preventing or delaying chronic disease. This will relieve families and hospitals and ensure that our country’s healthcare system and financial position remain sustainable over the long term. “
ON THE RECORD
ConnectedLife with Fitbit is currently in a pilot phase and has 300 early adopters so far. After completion, Bio Farma and its subsidiaries will roll out the platform to a nationwide network of 450 clinics, 1,200 pharmacies and trading partners within the next six months to nine months.
“With ConnectedLife as our innovation partner, we are confident that the combination of devices, software and personalized services—along with robust accountability for data collection, privacy and protection—can make health information meaningful and motivate Indonesians to take proactive steps towards health prevention, and enable local healthcare providers to deliver efficient and quality care,” said Megawaty Khie, Country Director at Google Cloud Indonesia.