Fujitsu, Tohoku University embark on strategic alliance to realize ‘Well-being Society’ – QNT Press Release

Digital twin technology to accelerate shift towards preventive healthcare

TOKYO, Sept 26, 2022 – (JCN Newswire) – Fujitsu Limited and Tohoku University today announced the start of a strategic alliance to accelerate the shift towards preventive healthcare and the realization of a ‘Well-being Society’ in which no one will be left behind.

Within their joint project, the two parties will cooperate on the development of new technologies including digital twins(1) in healthcare to visualize simulations of the prevention and treatment of diseases and an AI technology to predict the onset and severity of diseases based on healthcare data such as EMRs(2) and PHRs(3).

Researchers at Tohoku University Hospital will cooperate with business experts and combine its outstanding knowledge of advanced medical care, research results from its Academic Science Unit (ASU)(4) and its Open Bed Lab (OBL)(5) with Fujitsu’s cutting-edge technologies , R&D capabilities and healthcare infrastructure environment and business know-how including Japan’s top share electronic medical record system provided by Fujitsu Japan(6).

Tohoku University and Fujitsu aim to promote initiatives that allow individuals to work towards their own personal health image and to contribute to the realization of a framework where a variety of medical services are provided in an organized way throughout the whole community in order to contribute to the early detection and prevention of frailty spirals(7), a syndrome in which health conditions deteriorate due to a negative cycle caused by a variety of causes such as a lack of physical exercise and malnutrition.

This initiative will be demonstrated at the Fujitsu ActivateNow 2022 special session which will be held online by Fujitsu on Tuesday, October 4 (15:35 to 16:35 JST, held in Japanese).

Outline of the joint research

1. Development of digital twin technology to optimize decisions and processes
As part of their joint research, Tohoku University and Fujitsu will develop digital twin technology to be applied in the following areas:

(a) Digital twins to support optimal provision of health services to patients
– creation of digital twins (virtual images) of patients based on patient medical data and information obtained from diverse test instruments and wearable devices.
– various real-time data will be collected and added to the digital twin on a daily basis to support doctors in accurately and quickly capturing patients’ symptoms, make decisions about the best treatment, drug regimens, and surgical procedures for each patient.

(b) Digital twins to support hospital management
– integration of hospital staff personnel information, work information, financial information, and the operating status of medical devices (in addition to medical data accumulated in the electronic medical record system) to enable a real-time monitoring of the operating status of hospital beds and future simulations, support the optimization of daily operations and resources of the hospital and improve the utilization of …

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