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Japan, UK share common traits in healthcare, society - Report

Last update: 01/10/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 (Bernama) -- HIMSS, a health information and technology adviser has published a report titled ‘Capitalising on Japan’s Digital Healthcare Economy during this Era of Ageing Societies’.

The report, authored by University of Warwick (Warwick Medical School) dean, Professor Sudhesh Kumar, found that Japan shared some common traits with the United Kingdom (UK) in healthcare and society.

It provides universal healthcare and being mature, developed economies, face an aging demographic trend with 28.1 per cent of the total Japanese population aged 65 and over; 13.9 per cent of the total population (65–74) and 14.2 per cent (75 and over).

In addition, the Japanese healthcare market, the world’s second largest for pharmaceutical products, medical devices and healthcare services, is characterised by an abundance of data, generated from the citizens of more than 126 million which its healthcare system covers.

Japan has recently started harnessing those data for digitalisation of its healthcare services to create its Next-Generation Healthcare System with introducing advanced technology.

As the UK is more advanced than Japan in terms of digital healthcare, partnership in this field by both countries can harness unprecedented potential to resolve problems of today’s humankind and lead a new digital healthcare economy during this era of ageing societies.

The report is available at


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