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Cooperation between medical facilities and the provision of support for the promotion of local residents’ health have become important issues for local communities ever since the promotion of ICT in the field of medical
and elderly care was included in the revised Japan Revitalization Strategy 2015 (approved by the Japanese Cabinet in June 2015).
The NTT Group is continuing to undertake various types of research
and deliver solutions to improve local medical care through the use of ICT.

Representative case study

Cooperation in the provision of local medical care: Miyagi prefecture

Support for the provision of high-quality medical care to local residents

The sharing of patients’ medical information between local central hospitals and clinics has enabled clinics to deliver a higher quality of care. It has also reduced the burden imposed on local central hospitals, thereby enabling them to focus their efforts on providing better medical care to critically ill patients. As a result, medical care throughout the whole area has improved.

Leveraging NTT’s proprietary information technologies as well as standard technologies to integrate medical care information

As part of the medical care cooperation platform that it developed using its proprietary research technologies, NTT provides the ID authentication cooperation, information distribution and access restriction systems that are necessary to facilitate cooperation among related institutions. As a result, it is now possible to strictly control access to information based on patient consent, thereby helping to ensure that personal information is handled safely.

Facilitating the provision of medical care in the event of a disaster

By enabling medical care information (e.g., clinical notes and prescription information) to be safely backed up and stored on a private cloud for the area as a whole, rather than for just individual medical care institutions, NTT has made it possible to prevent such information being lost in the event of a disaster and allow medical staff to refer to it at clinics in disaster-stricken areas. As a result, medical care can now be provided on an ongoing basis in the event of a disaster.

Expanding into nationwide medical care institutions

By leveraging the research techniques, experimental studies and other know-how that it has acquired from this project and others, NTT will work to expand cooperation among medical care institutions at the national level.