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Social Value Creation Report "Quality of Life"

An urgent healthcare revolution
How can ICT be used to reduce the burden on healthcare practitioners?

December 13, 2018

People in Japan have some of the longest lifespans in the world. The prominent downside of this phenomenon is the reality that Japanese society is aging at a superrapid pace. As the working-age population declines, social security expenditures are growing, and spending for healthcare, in particular, is experiencing a remarkable rise.

The problem is how to make healthcare more efficient. Doctors in Japan are also unevenly distributed, putting considerable strain on doctors and other healthcare practitioners in understaffed regions and medical departments.

To resolve these problems, healthcare facilities are starting to implement initiatives that use ICT to make healthcare practices more efficient and more collaborative, to reduce burdens on healthcare practitioners, to improve the quality of the care that is provided, and to improve quality of life (QOL) for both healthcare practitioners themselves and their patients.

This report overviews initiatives concerned with reducing burdens on healthcare practitioners, as well as those relating to clinical specialization and the proposed integrated community care system. By improving the quality of healthcare and supporting more efficient operations through the use of ICT, NEC will contribute to the creation of a healthier, more vibrant society.

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