Inpatients Involved in Treatment Using Tablets at Aichi Cancer Center Hospital

Creating an Environment that Positively Affects Treatment

Everyone has probably stayed at a hospital as an inpatient, visited someone at a hospital, or both. According to a survey, Japanese people go to a hospital or clinic approximately 13 times a year. Elderly people who are 75 years old and over receive outpatient care approximately 45 times a year. This means they go to a hospital/clinic nearly weekly. As a result, a doctor in Japan sees 5,633 patients per year, which is approximately twice as many as the average for developed countries.*

Meanwhile, the number of cancer patients in Japan has been increasing. In 1981, cancer became the most frequent cause of death for Japanese people. For 2015, 980,000 cancer diagnoses** and 370,000 cancer-caused deaths were predicted. Therefore, it is necessary to find ways to provide care efficiently for the ever-increasing number of cancer patients.***

Under these circumstances, Aichi Cancer Center Hospital wants to not only provide safe medical care but also create an environment that positively affects treatment by promoting the active engagement of patients.

*: Cited from data released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
**: Obtained from the number of new cases that developed within a specified period of time and within a specified population segment
***: Cited from the National Cancer Center website

Tablets to Promote Inpatients' Proactive Involvement in Treatment

Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Frontech Limited created and started the operation of an "inpatient bedside system" when Aichi Cancer Center Hospital updated its electronic medical records system. This system and tablets**** lent to inpatients work together to form this inpatient bedside system. The visual and intuitive user interface allows inpatients to find it easy to use even if they are unfamiliar with tablets or ICT.

With the tablets, inpatients can learn about the hospital's treatment policy, estimate how much their medical fees will be, and see their treatment schedule, all from their bed. They can also easily find directions to examination rooms or browse results of past examinations. Furthermore, patients can enter their symptoms and how much is their food and water intake in their electronic medical record. This will raise their awareness of changes in symptoms and of self-management, thereby promoting their proactive involvement in their treatment. The system also enhances inpatient convenience by allowing them to use the tablets to order deliveries from a hospital kiosk or make a hair salon reservation to have their hair washed.

****: FUJITSU Tablet ARROWS Tab Q555/K32

Reduce Hospital Workload to Enhance the Quality of Care

The inpatient bedside system also reduces the workload of hospital staff. Reduced frequency of providing administrative information to inpatients, interviewing them, and inputting electronic medical records allows the staff to use saved time to enhance care quality by communicating with inpatients more frequently.

Fujitsu Limited has supported many medical institutions across Japan. It will package its system to enhance the utilization of the electronic medical record system. In this way Fujitsu will contribute to the provision of safe and reliable medical care and help medical institutions create environments that positively affect treatment.