Welcome Message – The 6th ICE on IMERI
Prof. Dr. dr. Ari Fahrial Syam, SpPD-KGEH, MMB., FINASIM, FACPDean of FMUI
WELCOMING SPEECH – The 6th Annual International Conference and Exhibition of Indonesian Medical Education and Research Institute (ICE ON IMERI 2021)
The pandemic has been going on for a year and a half and has had a tremendous impact on the wider community, including health workers. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost due to COVID-19, and many people have been left behind by their families. Indonesia is one of the countries with a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases. Handling COVID-19 requires a lot of synergy and cooperation from the community and health workers along with adequate health facilities. Of course, Indonesia has gone through many changes due to COVID-19 which has caused a lot of health workers to collapse and the lack of adequate health facilities to treat hundreds to thousands of patients per day.
The 6th Annual International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) on IMERI with the selected theme “Biomedical Research and Primary Care Transformation: The Potential Issue in Post Pandemic Era”, provides many expert speakers on selected topis. I hope this event is more than just a virtual scientific meeting but an academic platform that yield answers to tackle our current and future problems and allows further discussion and a chance to work together for a better Indonesian health system post pandemic era.
I, Ari Fahrial as the Dean of FMUI on behalf of our proud institution would like to convey our regards to all the people who have been involved in the success of 6th ICE ON IMERI. I wish these series of conference enlightens us all and provide us with approaches to deal with the problems of the future.
Wabillahi taufik wal hidayah, Wassalamualaikum wr. wb
Prof. Dr. dr. Ari Fahrial Syam, SpPD-KGEH, MMB., FINASIM, FACP
Prof. Badriul Hegar, MD, Ph.D, Sp.A(K)Director of IMERI
Biomedical research that is translated into clinical medicine and implemented into medical practice is the basis of advances in the field of medicine. In the era of the covid-19 pandemic, biomedical research must be an important first step in creating the management of various types of disease conditions, both prevention and practical care of disease, even promotive efforts. Many gaps in science during the Covid-19 pandemic era can be filled with biomedical research, which will also change the way healthcare professionals work.
COVID-19 has revealed the need for transformational change by strengthening Primary Health Care. Transformational change in Primary Health Care requires governance adjustments that involve policy makers, health professionals, scientists, as well as the community. Programs and interventions that will result in strategic improvements and levers need to be accompanied by substantive investments in operational levers, particularly in the health care sector. In some areas, there are still knowledge gaps, therefore support for strengthening implementation research is needed, where multidisciplinary stakeholders gather to determine research priority questions that are contextually translated to answer these questions. Pandemic and post-pandemic require extensive adaptation of the health system, however, they cannot be separated from handling the resilience of the basic health system. Success in carrying out lasting Primary Health Care reforms will provide benefits in adapting during the pandemic and beyond.
We hope that, through the 6th Ice on IMERI where researchers, health practitioners, multidisciplinary scientists, and policy makers gather together, they can detect the knowledge gaps that have existed so far and become a starting point for determining research priorities that will provide input to all related sectors and disciplin, not only during the pandemic, but also when we come to the post-pandemic period.
Prof. Badriul Hegar, MD, Ph.D, Sp.A(K)
Director of IMERI
dr. Mila Maidarti, SpOG(K) FER, PhDChairperson
The sheer scale of the coronavirus outbreak presents an unprecedented challenge for Indonesia, which has been ranked as the 17th most at-risk economy in a recent COVID-19 risk ranking that takes into consideration each economy’s medical and non-medical factors, including the risk of infection, hospitalisation, death, and lasting health conditions. Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, capacity constraints have been an issue in Indonesia. In Indonesia, primary healthcare facilities play essential roles in disease control and prevention. In the midst of the pandemic, primary care providers are deploying telehealth, behavioural health interventions, crisis lines, nurse helplines, patient portal communication, interactive chatbots, email, text communications, and various online teaching tools to meet patient needs remotely.
Many of these changes can be utilised for lasting primary care transformation. Changes in healthcare-seeking behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to primary care, might have impacts on the overall public health status.
The Indonesian Medical Education and Research Institute (IMERI) in accordance with Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia and Universitas Indonesia Academic Health System (AHS), conveys this issue in the 6th International Conference and Exhibition on the Indonesian Medical Education and Research Institute (ICE on IMERI). The theme of ICE on IMERI this year is “Biomedical research and primary care transformation: The potential issue in the post-pandemic era”. The same as last year, the 6th ICE on IMERI will be held virtually. This event will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of various professions to present and exchange ideas regarding biomedical research and primary care transformation. The program comprises main symposiums and workshops that the participants can join. Let us collaborate and contribute to strengthening the roles of primary health care through the 6th ICE on IMERI.
dr. Mila Maidarti, SpOG(K) FER, PhD