Accelerating Medical Services Capability to Fight Against Covid-19 Through Recruitment and Training for Medical Personnel with Docquity
Facing the Corona virus with rapid infectiousness, every country must implement the proper treatment standards based on WHO reference. In Indonesia, there are two main challenges in implementing the Covid-19 pandemic response. First, how to increase the number of medical personnel sourced from volunteers. Second, how to provide them with knowledge about Covid-19 technical guidance according to WHO reference. Both challenges are becoming more difficult due to the implementation of large-scale social distancing that limits mobility while the number of positive cases keep increasing to almost 1000 per day.
Therefore, synergy of external parties are highly needed, especially on adding more health personnel. Docquity as a digital networking platform for doctors offers solutions for these challenges by providing a recruitment system and providing training for medical personnel to treat Covid-19 patients.
Amit Vithal as Co-Founder of Docquity said, “As a member of Indonesian Medical Association (IDI), Docquity welcomes collaboration with the Ministry of Health in the recruitment process and provides training for medical personnel to treat Covid-19 patients through our platform. Docquity has successfully gathered thousands of doctors as active users. Online training and recruitment which is held by Docquity and fully supported by The Health Minister, is giving impacts not only for the healing of patients, but also the safety of patients and medical officers involved in the services based on WHO standards.” (17/06/2020)
The collaborations began with the signing agreement between Docquity and The Health Ministry on March 19, 2020, where Docquity officially became a member of Aliansi Telemedik Indonesia (Atensi) to recruit and provide training for medical personnel to treat Covid-19 patients. According to data on June 11, 2020, there are 887 doctors assigned consisting of 667 general practitioners and 200 specialists. Most of the doctors came from Java Island with the majority from Jakarta, Tangerang and Bandung. Then the remaining 40% came from Aceh, Kalimantan, Sulawesi to Flores. This number shows the high spirit of humanity of doctors throughout Indonesia to join hands in the fight against Covid-19 at the forefront. After completing the training, the doctors will be distributed to several locations where Covid-19 patients are located, such as Wisma Atlet Kemayoran and other regional hospitals in Indonesia, with all accommodations covered by the government.
Prof. DR. Dr. Syafri Kamsul Arif, Sp.An.KlC-KAKV as Chairman of PP PERDATIN (Perhimpunan Dokter Anestesi dan Terapi Intensif Indonesia) who was also the guest speakers in training session for volunteers said that, “One of the training materials that we provide is the treatments for patients focusing on the treatment to prevent worsening of diseases, especially patient in crisis. This is very important because most doctors will see patients in the next stages of COVID-19, not those who had new symptoms or patients under surveillance (PDP).”
Amit added, “We hold the training for volunteer doctors daily, around 3 to 4 times through live sessions everyday with various topics. So that volunteer doctors will gain new knowledge every single day, along with the development of Covid-19 cases found.”
The special quality of Docquity as a digital platform for health workers is a manifestation of technology advances that allow doctors to share medical knowledge and practical information for patients treatment. Through Docquity, Indonesian health workers could discuss and share medical experiences with their colleagues, and enable them to share and study medical articles and journals from all over Asia that are updated every week.”
“We are optimistic that Docquity will continue to grow so it can help increase the health sector industry in Indonesia to provide better health service. By the digital strategy from Docquity platform, we hope to take the role on accelerating health service fighting Covid-19 plague in Indonesia,” closed Amit.