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Starlink Launched in Indonesia, Collaborating with Ministry of Health to Provide Access to Remote Health Centers

The Ministry of Health and Starlink are working together to provide internet access in remote and outermost health centers to improve the quality of health services in Indonesia.

The Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) is officially collaborating with Starlink, an internet service from Elon Musk's SpaceX, to provide fast internet access at community health centers in remote, border and island areas (DTPK) in Indonesia.

This collaboration was formalized through a trial at the Sumerta Kelod Denpasar Community Health Center (Pustu) and Bungbungan Klungkung Pustu which had limited internet access. The Tabarfane Community Health Center in the Aru Islands, Maluku, is also a trial location with online connections using the Starlink network.

Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin stated that of the 10.000 community health centers in Indonesia, around 745 do not have internet access at all and 1.475 have limited internet access. It is hoped that this collaboration will provide proper internet access so that health services in remote health centers are equivalent to those in urban areas.

Elon Musk, wearing Balinese Batik, added that Starlink will help Indonesians get adequate internet access. This launch was also attended by the Minister of Communication and Information, Budi Arie and the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Sakti Wahyu Trenggono.

This trial will test the recording of immunization data, screening for non-communicable diseases (PTM), and digital weighing of toddlers by health workers via the Sehat IndonesiaKu Application (ASIK), with data displayed in real time via the ASIK dashboard. This infrastructure is also expected to support telemedicine services, teleconsultation and online patient monitoring.

Subscription fees and provision of Starlink infrastructure by health centers use Health Operational Assistance (BOK) under the Special Allocation Fund (DAK) which the central government transfers to regional governments every year.

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Disclosure: This article was produced with AI technology and supervision of the content writer
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