The Fujitsu Group had an impressive booth at the International Modern Hospital Show 2015, which ran over three days from July 15 to 17 at Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake.
The International Modern Hospital Show
The International Modern Hospital Show showcases a wide range of devices, products, systems and services that contribute to improvements in the fields of healthcare, medical care and welfare, particularly at hospitals. It is one of the largest events of its kind in Japan.
The theme for the 42nd installment of this annual event was "Enter the New Era of Health, Medical Care, and Welfare--Aim for Enhancing Regional Comprehensive Care." There was a huge turnout, with exhibits by 350 companies and over 80,000 visitors during the three-day period.
HOPE LifeMark-HX: An Electronic Medical Record System That Turns Past Record into Future Standards
The highlight of this year's Fujitsu booth was the unveiling of "HOPE LifeMark-HX," a new electronic medical record system for large-scale medical facilities. This is the latest addition--the first in seven years--to Fujitsu's HOPE series. From the time Fujitsu developed Japan's first fully electronic medical record system in 1999, the HOPE series has been the market leader in Japan.
The word 'Mark,' and its dual meanings of 'record' and 'standard,' encapsulate Fujitsu's desire to create a solution that contributes to all people's lives. The seating area in front of the main stage, where Fujitsu introduced the product, was overflowing with visitors, which is a testament to the high level of interest.
Furthermore, Fujitsu made extensive presentations of solutions related to the HOPE LifeMark-HX next to the main stage, where a crowd of visitors gathered in front of the demonstration and listened attentively to the speaker.
Easy to Use, Easy to Understand--"A System That People Want to Use" at Medical Sites
The concept for the new product is "a system that people want to use on site at medical care facilities." The system is now web-based, befitting of an electronic medical record system in the age of cloud-computing. Users can freely customize widgets (application windows) to meet individual needs, and buttons are positioned in such a way that first-time users can operate it easily and intuitively. Moreover, by using smart devices, information can be accessed from anywhere in the hospital. This allows new styles of consultation, for example, when making the rounds of the wards, or when acquiring informed consent from patients and their relatives.
Users of the existing electronic medical record system, the HOPE EGMAIN-GX, who attended this event commented positively on how the new HOPE LifeMark-HX is stylish, has a clear interface, and is easy to use.
Data Warehouse: Linking Accumulated Data to a Better Future
The HOPE LifeMark-DWH offers unprecedented levels of speed and user-friendliness. This has been achieved by unifying electronic medical record and medical accounting databases, allowing the systems to act in synergy. There was a demonstration of the actual process of creating a report, using pre-installed BI tools to create a format and output a report, just as one would on Excel. This seemed to be a valuable tool for busy doctors, many of whom need to perform complex data extractions and analyses for presenting their research at medical societies. The impression was that advances in applying data that electronic medical records gather could lead to advances in medical care.
Furthermore, the model features a web-report feature that integrates every piece of real-time data entered at the hospital, and visualizes the data at a single touch. This feature has many applications: medical staff can instantly view the occupancy of beds or the operational status of equipment in the hospital or easily share information with other staff members. Each staff member can use this technology to improve their sense of awareness, a quality that is currently in demand in managing hospitals.
'Peace of Mind' Home Care through Seamless Communication
Home care is administered through individual visits by various professionals, such as primary care doctors, visiting nurses, care managers, care assistants and so on. For this reason, there is often concern as to whether information is being properly shared between patients and their families. The HumanBridge EHR Solution, a home care tool that was introduced at the Fujitsu's booth, is designed to facilitate communication among the medical personnel in charge. Information about each caregiver's visit is visually expressed along a time axis, in a format that can be understood at a glance. Its intuitive interface also allows even those unfamiliar with ICT to operate the equipment and to record images, sounds and videos with ease.
The calendar screen displays the care administered to the patient with pictorial icons showing a syringe, a pill and so on, in order to prevent errors on the part of caregivers.
Moreover, there was a presentation of home medical care support that uses context-switching technology to achieve peace of mind home care. In the demonstration, when the primary care doctor visited a home, care-related information about the residing patient was automatically sent to the device. This technology reduces the risk of mix-ups with different patients' records. Furthermore, the device logs out automatically once outside the home, and deletes the patient's information, thus lowering the risk of losing care-related data on the patient by carrying it around. These new applications of sensors to enhance security drew a lot of attention.
Preventing Human Errors at Medical Sites, through AR Technology and Wearable Devices
Lately, the word 'AR' has been a buzzword. AR, which stands for 'augmented reality,' is a technology that superimposes digital information onto your vision of the physical world in front of your eyes. By holding the tablet device up to the 'AR marker' by the patient's bedside, information such as allergies, and notes from the patient's family, will be displayed on the tablet using this technology. Nurses, who take care of a large number of patients daily, can also use this technology to check information on individual patients instantaneously on the spot. Furthermore, at the demonstration, the tablet displayed a message saying 'Birthday soon!' Such information can initiate valuable communication with the patient, and showed the breadth of the potential applications of this technology.
There was also a presentation of the applications of wearable devices (head-mounted displays) in medical care. With this technology, doctors can leave their hands free to perform tasks, while performing other tasks using voice control: in the demonstration the user took photographs using voice commands and forwarded them to doctors in remote locations, with the relevant areas visually highlighted. The demonstration renewed expectations for using cutting-edge technologies, such as AR and wearable devices, in the field of medical care.
Effective Use of Waiting Time at Hospitals
"How many people before my turn?"
A lot of people wait patiently near the consultation room without knowing when their names will be called. The Outpatient Guidance Solution was developed as a solution to this problem. The system, which notifies patients when their turn is approaching, has already been implemented at many hospitals.
As a reference exhibit, Fujitsu introduced at this event a mobile patient guidance solution, which notifies the patient's smartphones through an app. The mobile version includes new useful features that can be used for medical care, not just at the hospital but also in everyday life: the "Medicine Notebook" allows patients to check records of newly prescribed drugs; the "Hospital Visit Notebook" records history of past examinations.
The Fujitsu exhibition booth showcased various proactive efforts to apply various advanced technologies to medical care. Fujitsu's aim is to improve medical care and welfare by using such technologies to raise the quality of on-site medical care and to make patients and families feel more comfortable.