Japanese Association of Healthcare Information Systems Industry

Greeting

Healthcare information systems for healthy and wealthy national life

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 The population aged 65 or over in Japan is projected to account for about 30% and 36% in 2025 and 2050, and the Japan’s population is aging at an unprecedented rate in the world. Along with such advance in the aging population and changes in common disease (increases in lifestyle-related diseases), it is essential for medical care to shift to "Regional Community Medical Care System" from "Self-contained Institutional Medical Care System". Moreover in the near future, medical care will support not only curing, lifesaving or extending a life span, but also maintaining and improving QOL (quality of life) while living with diseases. In addition, the entire nation is striving for realizing “The Integrated Community Medical Care System” as an evolved model for “Regional Community Medical Care System”. It is required to realize comprehensive support encompassing residential support, medical care, preventive care and livelihood support which help people continue their own living in their familiar areas.

 "Investments for the Future Strategy 2018" approved by the Cabinet in June 2018 set out "Structuring the next generation health care system" as one of the important growth strategic fields to realize Society 5.0. It aims to realize a society whose citizens remain active through their lives ahead of the world, by making most of technology innovation including Big Data and AI, establishing “new health, medical care, nursing care system" to proceed the optimal services for individual by medical institutions or nursing care homes and extend healthy life expectancy. Furthermore, "Data Health Reform” plan published by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in July 2017 reveals the roadmap to "drastically reform ICT infrastructure" to improve the environment for citizens to receive healthcare services of the highest quality in the world and to ”introduce the most advanced technologies such as genome analysis and AI to medical care", and launch ICT infrastructure which organically connects the data across the health, medical and nursing care fields in FY2020. Healthcare ICT which guarantees interoperability is extremely important for creating new innovations to implement these measures, leading to a growing expectation for JAHIS, as it is responsible for this role.

 JAHIS was established to contribute to developing the healthcare and welfare information systems industry and to maintaining and improving health and wellbeing for peoples’ lives by promoting standardization, enhancing technology, ensuring quality and safety of the systems. JAHIS will continuously cooperate with related organizations such as ministries and agencies, academic societies, etc. to actively work on our agenda to develop common infrastructure and promote standardization. All of our members will continue to make every effort to help realize a healthy and comfortable society by harnessing ICT.

 We will greatly appreciate your continued support and guidance.

Toshio Iwamoto
Chief Corporate Adviser
NTT DATA Corporation

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