Using ICT to Reserch Health and Longevity for an Aging Society

In 2030 an ideal society of healthy long lives

According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare survey, the average Japanese life expectancy in 2013 was 80.21 years for men and 86.61 years for women, both new records. Internationally, this average for women has ranked first in the world for two years straight, and for men, life expectancy rose to fourth from fifth the previous year. In Japan and some other areas of the world, it is taken for granted that people live for 80 years. Recently, average life expectancy and healthy life expectancy (the age people live to independently without daily nursing care) is attracting greater attention.
The Ministry indicated the average healthy life expectancy in 2013 was 71.19 years for men and 74.21 years for women. In addition with the rise in attention to longevity and extending one’s life expectancy, there has been an increase in the number of people actively trying to prevent disease and enhance health maintenance in their daily lives.

As described above, many people seek to realize a society where they can lead a long and healthy life. Aligned to this, the Japanese government aims to achieve the following for society to improve health and longevity by 2030:
・A society where everyone can lead a healthy life and grow old in a healthy way
・A society where people receive necessary state-of-the-art medical care through the vitalization of medicine-related industries
・A society where people can recover as soon as possible after illness or injury through access to high-quality medical and nursing care

Using ICT to build a model for health and longevity

To realize a society that promotes health and longevity, Fujitsu made an agreement to promote joint research aimed at building and popularizing a medical care model using ICT, with the National Cancer Center, the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, and the Tokyo Medical and Dental University.

With the above three research centers, Fujitsu will research state-of-the-art genomic medicines for cancer, and the prevention and recovery from cardiovascular diseases and dementia, together in a way that aligns to the each institution’s expertise. With the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Fujitsu will develop methods to analyze big data from the medical care field, a key element in the prevention of serious illness.

Such efforts will help extend the healthy life expectancy of many people, and establish and maintain a sustainable social security system. Through country wide involvement in health and medical care enhancement, Japan’s industrial development and international competitiveness will improve. In addition, by using this model for a society that promotes health and longevity developed in Japan, Fujitsu can also contribute to sustainability for aging societies, a challenge the whole world may face in the future.

Joint Research Milestones

Beyond longevity, extending healthy life expectancy

Fujitsu created a medical-accounting system in the 1970s and has accumulated experience building medical information systems and other related projects. Applying this know-how to the realization of a society that promotes longer healthy life expectancy, Fujitsu established the Center for the Future of Medical Care in December 2013. Fujitsu has repeatedly discussed with institutions and specialists both in Japan and abroad, health enhancement, prevention of serious illness, early detection of disease, development of new medicines, and personalized medical care using ICT. Joint research with the three research centers and the university is part of these efforts.

Fujitsu will continue to contribute to the realization of a society that promotes health and longevity. Using the power of ICT Fujitsu will improve quality of life, extending peoples healthy life expectancy and longevity, enabling them to live longer in good health.