TOKYO – Fujitsu has concluded a successful trial of mobile application control technology that the company says revolutionizes on-site home health care work.
The trial was conducted with the Beppu Medical Association and was found to improve medical care, preserve the confidentiality of personal information and increase operational efficiency.
“We had to overcome the issue of being able to strictly manage personal information,” said Marquardt Rishad, a Fujitsu spokesman. “Issues include making it possible to access personal information when giving care at an individual’s home, but at the same location not giving access to other patients’ information.”
Technology was developed at Fujitsu Laboratories that automatically changes settings, such as whether a patient’s medical information is displayed, and limits sharing and the applications that can be used. It is designed to be incorporated into a health system’s existing platform. Policies defining who can access medical information on the network and other logistics can be set in advance, and the need to enter passwords and IDs would no longer be necessary.
Fujitsu’s technology ensures that health care professionals safely handle medical information on smart devices, like photos recording the progress of treatment, messages between professionals and vital sign information like temperature and blood pressure.
“This is all personal information, so applications must be configured so that only the appropriate professional can access the relevant app when necessary, and that the app can then be quickly closed afterward so that people without qualifications cannot see the information,” said Rishad.
Fujitsu will now get to work developing a product to bring to market sometime this year.
Rishad said Fujitsu Laboratories will continue research into supporting health care work, as well as expanding the functionality of the technology for other markets.
“Through this, when medical treatment and care work is being carried out, we are able to contribute to improving the quality of health care by enabling speedy access, referencing, record input and sharing of patient information,” said Rishad.