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  • METI will Launch a Demonstration Project to Improve Diabetes Management through the Utilization of IoT and Health Information and will also Establish a Healthcare Data Community

METI will Launch a Demonstration Project to Improve Diabetes Management through the Utilization of IoT and Health Information and will also Establish a Healthcare Data Community

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will launch a demonstration project aiming to improve the health conditions of diabetes patients, including mild and potential sufferers, through the utilization of wearable terminals and other IoT equipment and health information. Along with this effort, based on the project, it will also establish a Healthcare Data Community where these efforts and results will be disseminated to the public.

The Healthcare Data Community is a program in which knowhow on improving health conditions through the utilization of IoT equipment and health information is shared among users, and a collection of consensual personal health data is stored and analyzed in a common database, thereby allowing for greater scientific verification and examination of the data. Through making use of the efforts in the community and related analysis results, METI will aim to establish healthcare services based on clear data and scientific grounds. To this end, in FY2016, METI will launch a demonstration project to improve diabetes management, and through this platform, endeavor to develop a foundation by which full-fledged activities for this purpose will be implemented moving forward.

1. Establishment of a Healthcare Data Community

Based on the project under the FY2015 Supplementary Budget titled “Infrastructure Improvement Projects to Create New Business for IoT Promotion (Project for Promoting the Lifestyle Improvement Using Personal Health and Medical Information Owned by Enterprises and Insurers),” METI will establish a Healthcare Data Community from FY2017, aiming to disseminate the efforts involving the improvement of health conditions through the continuous utilization of IoT equipment and health information.

For the time being, METI will proceed with discussions and other examinations concerning: discovering challenges and sharing knowhow through FY2016 demonstration projects submitted by candidate entities (consortium); ideal approaches to obtaining an individual consent on health information for future utilization; establishing a common database in which health information is stored; and data formats involving the database (data exchange rules). Through these efforts, it will develop the foundation on which the community will be developed.

In accordance with these efforts, from 2017, METI will broadly reach out to companies and associations that agree with the purpose of the project, whether or not such companies will participation in the project, thereby endeavoring to disseminate the efforts involving the improvement of health conditions through the utilization of IoT equipment and health information to the public. Along with this effort, METI will also endeavor to establish healthcare services based on clear data and grounds resulting from the analysis or other examination of data in the common database.

2. Study Group for Lifestyle Improvement Using Personal Health and Medical Information Owned by Enterprises and Insurers

METI will start a series of FY2016 meetings of the Study Group for Lifestyle Improvement Using Personal Health and Medical Information Owned by Enterprises and Insurers, aiming to evaluate and discuss the progress and results of the project. At the first meeting, the selected consortium will explain the summary of their projects and action plans. The members of the study group are shown in the Appendix.

First meeting of the study group

Date and time
Monday, July 11, 2016; 10:00-12:30
Venue
Shared Meeting Room 1 on the 17th floor, METI Main Building

Note: Following the meeting, the distributed materials and summary of minutes of the meeting will be publicized on the METI website.

As additional information, the consortium as candidate entities has already been publicized on the website of the Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI), a management organizer of the project, since Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

Reference

Release of the Candidate Entities to Conduct a Project for Lifestyle Improvement Using Personal Health and Medical Information Owned by Enterprises and Insurers (METI Project)

Release date

July 8, 2016

Division in Charge

Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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