The Fujifilm Group's Healthcare IT
Changing regional healthcare through the integration and efficient management of healthcare information
IT has been increasingly utilized in healthcare fields in recent years. By offering IT solutions, the Fujifilm Group contributes not only to efficient medical treatment and management of hospitals, but also to telemedicine and regional healthcare services.
Contributing to the creation of a unified medical information network
Alongside regional central hospitals, small and medium-scale medical facilities have started to introduce healthcare IT at a rapid pace, as seen in the digitization of medical records and diagnostic images particularly. As more and more medical facilities are connected to IT networks, it becomes possible for all medical facilities in a region to share diagnostic information and for a highly efficient medical system to be created. The Fujifilm Group is actively developing solution systems to create a unified medical information network that can handle all types of information including images and documents, thereby increasing diagnostic efficiency.
Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2011.
Toward comprehensive information sharing and regional medical cooperation
Fujifilm has been deeply involved in clinical diagnosis through radiography since 1936. We also currently offer digital radioscopic imaging systems, endoscopes, and blood diagnostic systems. The medical imaging information system, SYNAPSE, which enables all diagnostic images produced by these systems to be shared, is used as the platform for cooperation between medical institutions and has the largest domestic market share. We also offer C@Rna which is a network-based medical service and establishes a network between hospitals and clinics. By linking these systems and services with other medical IT systems, Fujifilm aims to create a clinical information system (CIS) that unifies all medical information. In order to strengthen efforts in this field, in October 2009 Fujifilm established the Medical Systems Research and Development Center, which integrated development centers for various equipment and systems.
New trends in hospitals include a growing need for an electronic document system that provides unified IT-based management of various documents including paper medical records. There is also an urgent need to increase the versatility of such a system and make medical information more searchable and readable so that the network between various medical institutions can be expanded further.
Fujifilm's Medical Systems Business Division and Fuji Xerox are tackling these challenges, taking advantage of each other's strengths. Fujifilm's Group companies offer SYNAPSE (a picture archiving and communication system) and other unified medical information systems tailored to customer needs, and they have been used by Yahgee Co., Ltd. Fuji Xerox responds to needs of various healthcare providers by building a diagnostic assistance system centering on the concept of a Document Archiving and Communication System (DACS). As for the future, efforts are being made domestically to realize a government plan, “My Hospital Anywhere E in which, with an extended network of medical institutions, medical records of patients' entire lives can be accessed from any facility.
The Fujifilm Group will continue not only to offer multiple integrative solutions to respond to various medical needs, but also to provide support to staff working on the frontiers of medicine and contribute to medical advancements.
Unified medical assistance system, Yahgee
The name, Yahgee, comes from the word for 'goat' ('Yagi' in Japanese), which eats paper and can derive nourishment from it. Yahgee is a system that digitizes a variety of medical information accumulated in hospitals, stores it in databases, and makes it accessible for various medical procedures. The system has detailed functions that enable its users to understand the whole picture by placing various information on one screen, to easily utilize data through search and extraction capabilities, to easily prepare documents with information from order forms and electronic medical records extracted and automatically filled, and to utilize data in documents to create various workflows that are not easily made with an electronic medical record system. Yahgee also excels at scanning paper documents, saving images from digital cameras, and calculating basic data statistics.
In addition, what is advocated in Yahgee is the creation of a platform that consists of common functions drawn from various hospital systems. Complexities are eliminated because various procedures are gathered in one platform. With Yahgee, users can manage multiple systems in an integrated manner under an optimal environment.
Integrated Medical Record Management Solution through DACS concept
During the introduction of electronic medical record systems, hospitals face difficulties in shifting to a paperless system as they typically must deal with an enormous amount of paper documents, such as old paper medical records, consent forms, and referral letters. There are also many cases where network connections with information systems running on different software applications are not smooth, resulting in a long wait while searching for and reading medical information.
Therefore, Fuji Xerox developed the Integrated Medical Record Management Solution based on the concept of a Document Archiving and Communication System (DACS) advocated by the Department of Integrated Medicine, Medical Informatics at Osaka University Hospital. The solution provides unified management of various medical records, ranging from paper documents to electronic data, which are converted into electronic documents through virtual printers or scanners. Since the files are saved in general formats, such as PDF, JPEG, and DocuWorks, they can be used in the future in many situations. The solution also prevents document falsification by clearly recording who created the documents with a digital signature and time stamp, and guarantee document authenticity as specified in the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare.
A cross-organization project started the development of this solution. With a goal to build an information environment where patients can receive the best healthcare anytime anywhere, the project brought together many members, and the solution was realized in cooperation with Osaka University Hospital.
Unifying medical information by introducing medical imaging and document management systems
Mr. Tsuneo Kinukawa
Our hospital began using an ordering system in 2007 and SYNAPSE, Fujifilm's medical imaging information system, in 2008. Later, we decided to manage various documents in the hospital with a digital system because we needed to organize medical information due to a lack of storage space for paper documents. Therefore, we started using a comprehensive medical imaging and document management system in March 2010. This mechanism for managing all medical information in an integrated manner was built by combining SYNAPSE (for the management of images), Yahgee (for the preparation and management of documents), and DACS (for the storage and management of original documents).
In introducing the systems, we put emphasis on their compatibility. Yahgee and DACS are systems from the Fujifilm Group, the developer of SYNAPSE which our hospital began to use earlier. Therefore, they are tightly connected, and we can quickly retrieve information on individual patients, such as images from their examinations and doctors' clinical findings. Yahgee significantly contributes to increased efficiency as it handles hundreds of formats used by insurance companies for diagnostic reports, allowing users to create and manage both internal and external documents which tend to be increasingly complicated. Also, DACS has enabled us to digitize various documents such as consent forms with patient signatures and to store important documents for long periods of time in the form of electronic certificates with time stamps. Other advantages of the comprehensive system include short response times and flexibility that comes from its customization.
We believe that the value of the system will be clearly apparent in various settings as more and more medical information is accumulated over the next 5 or 10 years.
Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2011.