Japan is a country particularly advanced in advanced technology. It is also a country that has a deep respect for the elderly, who enjoy an important place. So it is quite natural that the Japanese put the resources of this technology at the service of the elderly. In addition, Japan faces a certain aging of the population.
This aging population is global because over the last 60 years, the number of people aged 65 has increased from 5% to 9%. In Japan, almost a quarter of the population is 65 years old or older.
This evolution represents a real challenge for the different health systems. It is no longer a matter of living longer, but above all, of living better and in decent conditions. For the Japanese, there is no doubt that advanced technology must be part of the solution.
For this reason, during the international summit in Tokyo, in front of experts from all over the world, the Japanese strategy was presented. It combines technology and medical data to create a digital health system.
Less or better, call in caregivers
There are several goals sought by this collection. First, a search for precision and effectiveness of care. Data collection begins in the patient’s room. Improved accuracy in the recording of data, collected once and for all and which are easily searchable can reduce the workload of the caregiver.
In addition, data collection and management influences how to manage the health system, disease prevention and drug production.
The Japanese health system relies on billions of data from almost 126 million citizens. A unique panel that could help other countries around the world. According to Genta Kato, who works in the Health Insurance Department at the Kyoto University Hospital, “le Japan is a very aging society, and I think our knowledge could be a reference for many other countries in the world“.
Technology at the service of the human and not the opposite
In the field, technology provides new products, such as the IA electric wheelchair. It can move alone on a pre-established path, convertible bed, or body sensors for the bath and bed. All these products work towards more autonomy for patients, but also the possibility of having less use of staff.
Technology can also better understand how patients experience their disease, and thus better anticipate their needs. Virtual reality headsets, show what people with dementia see, and they help to better understand this pathology and how to treat these patients.
At this stage, Japan is a real laboratory of ideas. Some will come up against moral, ethical or financial considerations depending on the culture. For the Japanese, it is clear, the question of why live longer, is combined with that of living conditions that are proposed.