Enriching and engaging as always, the latest Alumni Swedia’s sharing session carries a sexy subject: digital health.
In this opportunity, we had the privilege of having two young men who are passionate and determined to make health issues more accessible in Indonesia by using digital technology. The first speaker is Alumni Swedia’s own alumni, Mochammad Fadjar Wibowo, who graduated from Karolinska Institute. Fadjar is currently the Editor in Chief for Klikdokter, one of Indonesia’s leading online portal that promotes health information & education that is intended for medical community and Indonesian people in general. The second speaker is Dodi Iswandi Maulidiawan, who is an enterpreneur and founder of Fuse Indonesia – a startup business dedicated to solve deficit of blood supply in Indonesia by establishing an integrated online database of blood donors. Moderating this very interesting discussion is Anthony Lee, alumni from Lund University who is a journalist for Kompas.
The discussion began with Fadjar sharing about Klikdokter and what it does. Although there are other similar sites, Klikdokter is distinctive in that it is partnering with ILUNI FKUI (Medical Students Alumni Association of the University of Indonesia), ILUNI FKGUI (Dental Students Alumni Association of the University of Indonesia), and KKI (Indonesian Medical Council) – the national authority that regulates medical doctors and dentists registration in Indonesia. On top that, it has as many as 24 in-house medical doctors and 6 specialist contributors who are writing the articles – making it more accurate, relevant, and enriched with actual real-life stories.
During the discussion, Fadjar also shared insightful stories that came from the questions that they received from the chat or message, that intrigued many attendees. An interesting one that Fadjar shared was about how most Indonesians are still “trapped” in the myth vs. fact discussion when it comes to medical-related information.
Following that, Dodi then shared about his background and why he started Fuse and IndonesiaMendonor. He told us about how he was closely involved with social activities during his early university year in Yogyakarta, and one of the most vivid experience was when he was approached by a doctor from the university hospital (which is also the central regional hospital) at 9pm, asking him and his friends to donate blood urgently.
From that, Dodi grew curious about the blood-donor and blood-supply in Yogyakarta. Upon finding out that there is constant deficit in blood supply and difficulty in finding donors – both in Yogyakarta and in Indonesia – Dodi decided to do something. For the record, the annual need for blood supply in Indonesia is 4,8 pouches each year, and up until now, the number has never been fulfilled. That is the underlying reason for Dodi to start his venture with Fuse Indonesia, and him establishing the IndonesiaMendonor website. Through this web, Dodi hopes to gather as many registrants for his online blood donor database, and makes a difference in many lives.
This novel subject triggers a lot of questions, concerns, and comments from fellow alumni. Those questions and concerns range from data privacy and security issues, to technology development, and even the social implication of this technological approach. Some questions were answered concisely, but some does require further pondering. Nevertheless, at the end of the session, all 20 attendees were very enlightened and happy!