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(Report)Round Table Discussion “The Current Situation and the Future Possibility of Medical IT in Japan and the U.S.”

(Report)Round Table Discussion “The Current Situation and the Future Possibility of Medical IT in Japan and the U.S.”
The Health and Global Policy Institute held a roundtable discussion on December 11th, 2013(Wednesday), on the occasion of the visit of Mr. Deval Patrick, the Governor of Massachusetts, to Japan.

The Obama Administration, which has been engaged in a comprehensive health insurance reform, is trying to promote the use of IT in the medical field and to establish “Connected Healthcare” with the creation of multi-sectorial partnership. The Massachusetts State, in this respect, has been actively promoting the use of IT in the field of healthcare, centering on the teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School.

In Japan, meanwhile, the creation of a medical system which prevents diseases by utilizing Big Data will commence soon, the use of IT in healthcare has been gathering momentum for the purpose of improving the quality of patient care and the reduction of medical costs. In disaster affected areas, where ageing is advancing, a program for providing better care for the elderly by means of medical IT has been actively promoted whereby an establishment of a local healthcare information network made it possible for the families and the professionals to take better coordinated actions.

This roundtable discussion invited professionals with diverse backgrounds both from Japan and the U.S. We shared various successful cases in healthcare IT and discussed openly about “Connected Healthcare” through which we tried to search for new solutions and further collaboration on the problems of an ageing society, increasing medical costs, etc. faced in both countries.

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Round Table Discussion “The Current Situation and the Future Possibility of Medical IT in Japan and the U.S.”

Date: 9:30-11:30, December 11th, 2013  
Venue: International Conference Room, The First Member’s Building of House of Representatives
Organizer: Health and Global Policy Institute
Cooperation: Harvard Business School Healthcare Initiative


Moderator: Dr. Hiromi Murakami (Assistant professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)

9:30 Opening Remarks
    Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa (Chairman, Health and Global Policy Institute)
    Mr. Deval Patrick (Massachusetts Governor)
    Mr. Yuji Kuroiwa (Kanagawa Governor)    

9:40 Presentation
    “Healthcare IT in Massachusetts Coordinated Care through Interoperable Electronic Health Records”
Ms. Pamela Goldberg (CEO, Massachusetts eHealth Institute/Massachusetts Technology Collaborative)
     “Healthcare IT in Japan: Addressing the Aging Population”
    Dr. Shinsuke Muto (President, You Home Clinic / Chairman, Leading Aging Society Forum)   

    Comments from Dr. John Halamka (Chief Information Officer at Harvard Medical School and Co-Chair of the Healthcare IT Standards Committee in the Obama administration/ Co-Chair of the Massachusetts HIT Advisory Committee)

10:05  Q&A / Discussion

10:25 Closing Remarks
    Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa

Exhibition date:2013-12-11

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