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Fujitsu launches Healthcare Platform to manage health and medical information

Fujitsu, Japan’s leading multinational information technology equipment and services company recently launched the Fujitsu Healthcare Solution Healthcare Personal Service Platform, a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for the integrated management of consumer-facing offerings based on health and medical information.

Drawing from its experience and expertise in developing regional healthcare network systems and electronic medical record (EMR) systems, Fujitsu developed the new service to enable highly robust data storage and efficient utilization for companies and regional authorities aiming to offer new services by utilizing sensitive personal health and medical information.

The new service can aggregate and integrate an individual's personal health record, enabling the safe and secure storage and use of such health and medical information. With this PaaS, which includes functionality that ensures consent from individuals and data access controls, Fujitsu is supporting companies and local authorities in using health and medical information entrusted to them by individuals and other sources.

The Healthcare Personal Service Platform – which makes it possible to centrally manage and utilize an individual's healthcare data throughout their lives – can accelerate the creation of cross-industry services using health and medical information, including information held by local authorities and pharmacies. The aim of this platform is to realize a society where high added value services, tailored to individuals, are available to support lifestyles that are healthy and fulfilling.

Background

In light of Japan's rapidly aging society, the country's government is promoting "data health reform" with the intent of extending healthy life expectancy, and seeks to create an environment where effective support can be easily obtained so that individuals can maintain and manage their health, and prevent illnesses from increasing in severity. However, personal data, including medical information, is currently stored in a wide variety of locations, and no environment can manage it in an integrated manner. This creates a hurdle in the development of services offered by companies and organizations seeking to provide services to individuals.

Anticipating the use of personal data, which includes medical information, Fujitsu began a research project in 2013 regarding the platform for managing health and medical information. Since that time, the company has been undertaking initiatives to promote healthy living and personalize medicine through the use of ICT, and started to develop a practical healthcare ICT platform in 2015 that integrated information from the fields of medicine, caregiving, and health. Fujitsu also conducted field trials with organizations such as regional authorities and pharmacies, to create cross-industry services using health and medical information.

Features of the Fujitsu Healthcare Solution Healthcare Personal service Platform include:

(1) Data access controls based on personal consent

To use individual data, it is necessary to control data access, including by family members, with the consent of the individual. The product offers consent management and user management functionalities, including for third parties such as family members, providing access control between registered users. The platform enables data access control by showing the relationships between users, such as between doctors and patients or parents and children, in addition to the users' relationships with their families. This makes it possible for only authorized individuals to access information.

(2) A safe and secure platform supporting guidelines from three ministries

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications have established guidelines relating to healthcare information systems and the platform complies with the regulations that cloud businesses must follow when handling healthcare information.

The platform also features security policies necessary for handling healthcare information, as well as standardized technology and insights from the healthcare industry, in order to promote data circulation. Furthermore, by adopting the international standard ID-WSF for its interlink format, the platform provides the security needed in the exchange of sensitive healthcare information.

(3) Interface standardization to use healthcare information

To promote the use of data in personal health records, the new platform is equipped with standard data usage API predicated on connecting with back-end systems such as Fujitsu's EMR system and regional healthcare network systems to advance the use of medical information. Tools to improve development efficiency for data usage services linked with back-end systems, such as the API, are included as standard offerings. Fujitsu plans to expand linkages with back-end systems in the future in order to handle an even broader range of data.

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