The Robotic Telesurgery Center is being expanded to connect the western and eastern islands of Indonesia at a distance of 3,500 kilometres. Recently, the Haji Adam Malik Central General Hospital in North Sumatra (western Indonesia) and the Dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo Makassar in Sulawesi (eastern Indonesia) signed a memorandum of understanding.
Robotic telesurgery is hoped to be applied in digestive, urology and gynaecology procedures in the future.
The expansion of the robotic telesurgery project followed the success of the pilot done in May 2023 with Dr Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung and Dr Sardjito Hospital in Yogyakarta. Sina Robotics provided its robotic surgical system to the pilot sites, which are 500 kilometres apart.
“We hope that this robotic telesurgery technology will be able to provide surgical services to all communities in remote areas with the same quality as in big cities,” Dr Zainal Safri, director of Haji Adam Malik Central General Hospital, was quoted as saying in a statement.