Potsdam, Germany. Demographic decline is a key challenge for many countries and their health systems, including Germany and Japan. As one of the fastest aging nations, Japan has taken a new strategic approach. It created a new regulatory framework for a next-generation healthcare system where medical data and technology will be more usable. What can Germany learn from Japan’s new strategy?
A new digital healthcare report by the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) compares the digital health ecosystems and developments in Japan and Germany and describes how digitisation of the health sector can lead to a sustainable healthcare system and open up new business opportunities at the same time. The report “Big Health Data, Big Health Opportunities” is authored by digital health expert Prof. Dr. Erwin Böttinger, head of the HPI Digital Health Center. The full report can be found here: https://hpi.de//en/boettinger/publications.html
In the last 60 years, the proportion of the world population aged 65 and above has almost doubled from 5 percent to over 9 percent. One-fifth of Japanese citizens are 70 years of age or older, putting the country at the forefront of demographic changes now facing many other developed countries including Germany. Taking this unprecedented situation as a transformative opportunity, the Government of Japan is working on creating a new patient-oriented healthcare system for generations to come. This report introduces key initiatives by the Government of Japan that include data and technological innovations to promote healthier lifestyles, as well as business opportunities for foreign companies with Japan in this new digital economy of an aging society.
Prof. Dr. Erwin Böttinger says: “Healthcare digitisation is the key to sustainability. Establishing a high-level strategic approach and centralized coordination is necessary for success. Japan’s approach is a blueprint for many other soon-to-be super-aged societies. I am convinced that both, the Japanese and German healthcare system will benefit considerably from collaborations.”