Thanks to advancements in medical technology, physicians are now able to offer more accurate diagnosis and precise treatment plans, paving the way for improvements in the way healthcare providers interact with patients and at the same time increasing the satisfaction of patients.

Technology-That-Saves-Lives In keeping with the latest development in healthcare technology and how it impacts the way people receive care, the leading hospital in South Jakarta, Rumah Sakit Pondok Indah (RSPI) always strives to be at the very front line of the changing landscape. Such was the message parlayed at a press conference held at RSPI in December, which saw presentations by RSPI specialists from the areas of radiology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and intensive care unit (ICU). “Technology is one of the most important elements for every hospital. RSPI realises that in order to provide better treatment for our patients, we have to adopt the latest technology that would allow us to make better diagnosis, earlier detection as well as faster and more accurate identification of health problems,” said RSPI CEO dr. Yanwar Hadiyanto, MARS. RSPI Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Specialist dr. Med. Luqman Adji Saptogino, Sp. Rad (K), Sp. KN, explained how the technology of Computerised Tomography or CT-Scan, which used to produce 2D or 3D images of the body, has now evolved into Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) 3 Tesla Skyra, which enables detailed visualization of internal structures with excellent soft tissue contrast, including the capillaries. “CT Scan and MRI are also suitable for breast cancer detection, at a low risk of radiation. Technology today has been perfected to the point where it’s able minimize radiation exposure by 70 percent,” assured dr. Saptogino. With regard to the latest in obstetrics and gynecology, RSPI is now offering 4D ultrasonography (USG) for expectant mothers, providing technology that captures more vivid images of the baby in even more depth and detail than a standard 2D or 3D ultrasound. “USG is like the eyes for doctors, especially OB/GYNs, to monitor the health and development of both the mother and the baby. It shows in greater detail the baby’s abnormalities in its veins or heart, even the possibility of harelip, for example. Supported by high definition camera, the USG imaging produces very clear results. If we are able to detect any abnormality early in the pregnancy, there’s a bigger chance that we could offer treatment to fix the situation,” said dr. Azen Salim, Sp. OG – KFM, RSPI Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology (Fetomaternal). Full HD technology is also applied in the Orthopedics Department, according to RSPI Orthopedics Surgery Specialist and Sport Medicine Consultant dr. L. Andre Pontoh, Sp. OT (K). By utlizing the advanced microscopic camera 0.8mm, fiber optic and MRI imaging technology, doctors can now detect abnormalities in the knee without conducting any surgical procedure. “Now we have ‘computer-assisted surgery’ that lessens the risks of the surgery on the patient’s knee thanks to its high precision. We also have what is known as ‘ceramic’ to support the knee. It is installed inside the patient’s knee and lasts for 30 years,” he said. As for technological advancement in the Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, there is now the more advanced use of Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT), a technology that mimics the functions of the kidney in regulating water, electrolytes and wastes by continuing 24 hours a day, for several days, slowly removing fluid and solutes. “CRRT is similar to a hemodialysis machine but serves different functions. CRRT is used to assist a critical patient’s kidney in getting rid of hazardous substances that can damage other organs, as well as sending toxic and excessive liquid out of the system. We also seek to promote better system integration among our ER, ICU, NICU [Neonatal Intensive Care Unit], PICU [Pediatric Intensive Care Unit], dialysis unit and inpatient rooms so that we can save more lives,” said dr. Yohanes W. H. George, Sp. An – KIC, Anesthesia Specialist and Intensive Care Consultant.