Digital transformation in the medical field
The application of cutting-edge technologies has resulted in remarkable progress in the development of medical devices and pharmaceutical products. Compared with other industries, however, the power of internet technology has been underutilized in the field of medical healthcare.
Despite the extraordinary development of a wide range of modern medical testing devices, the mechanism for sharing test data among medical institutions remains a relic of the past. Even with the continued development of remarkable new pharmaceutical products, no services have emerged to improve the healthcare experience by, for example, eliminating waiting times at medical institutions and pharmacies. At Medley, we believe the skillful integration of internet technology with existing medical systems can increase the productivity of healthcare professionals and result in better outcomes for patients.
To accomplish our mission of “creating the future of medical and healthcare”, Medley focuses on converting medical information technology (IT) systems to SaaS (Software as a Service) products. Only roughly 42% of clinics in Japan currently use electronic medical records (EMRs) and more than half of medical institutions still use paper medical records. In addition, most EMRs are locally stored on on-premise systems that use only local networks.
Internet technology that could benefit both patients and healthcare professionals cannot be used under these conditions. Medley is therefore working to convert medical IT systems, including telemedicine systems, to SaaS products.
For example, rather than just entering information, online appointment management systems can allow patients to search for open time slots and make appointments, thereby speeding up the process and reducing the burden on the medical office staff. Storing prescription and dispensing information on the cloud allows automatic creation and updating of prescription records, eliminates the need to hand over a paper prescription notebook at the dispensing pharmacy, and allows access to data that can prevent redundant dosage. Eventually, we may even be able to use data science to enable early detection of patients with rare diseases.
It is impossible to measure the benefits of converting a medical IT system to SaaS products in terms of overcoming challenges facing the Japanese medical care industry such as declining birthrates and the aging of society, workstyle reforms, and rising social security costs. Rather than talking about ideals, however, we think it is more important to develop and disseminate medical IT systems that can be used in actual medical care settings. We believe that reducing the time required for this transition will surely create great value for society. That is why we are working to develop and encourage the widespread use of these systems.
Medley has entered the telemedicine system market with the launch of its SaaS business. Our cloud-based medical care support system currently features appointment, telemedicine, and EMR support services as well as pharmacy support systems. We also actively contribute to the development of public interest projects such as National Strategic Special Zone initiatives and contracted projects for the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare including verification of medical information systems and creation of technical standards.
Examples of efforts to conduct proper dissemination of online medical care
Participation in “Pilot project on full-scale use of electronic prescriptions” as a contractor
We believe steady progress in the digitization of the roughly 800 million prescriptions issued per year in Japan* will reduce the environmental impact of the medical industry by reducing consumption of paper resources.
Support for the SUKUMO Online Medical Demonstration Project
Assisted Japan Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists with creation of explanatory course on telemedicine
Statement regarding telemedicine by the Japan Medical Venture Association
Conducted survey on usage of telemedicine
Training of telemedicine professionals (securing of contract and execution)
A total of 434 people participated in basic training sessions and 131 people participated in telemedicine training sessions. A survey of participants showed a satisfaction rate over 80%.
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