2022/06/30

Discussion on Digital Health

Online Roundtable Discussion Among Clinical Doctors 【Part 3】

Clinical Doctor, AI (Machine Learning, Deep Learning), Wearable, Telemedicine, Medical communication, Imaging technology, Digital Therapeutics (DTx)

The third part: About the Ongoing Application of Digital Technology in the Medical Field

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This is the third and final part of the Online Roundtable Discussion Among Clinical Doctors on “About the Ongoing Application of Digital Technology in the Medical Field.” We will ask slightly different questions to doctors about their honest opinions about digital health.

Participants:

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Facilitator: LSMIP Administrative Staff

Facilitator:            This time will be the last session, and please feel free to exchange opinions. Let me get to the question.

Penetration of Telemedicine

Facilitator:            You have mentioned that telemedicine is still not advanced except in a few clinics. Will penetration of telemedicine become less in Japan once the COVID-19 pandemic is under control?

Dr. Shinpaku:   Telemedicine differs from an actual medical examination, inspection, and consultation while looking directly at the patient's face. Also, I think it is difficult to spread in general hospitals due to the relatively high number of moderate and severe cases. I wonder if some clinics and hospitals that have introduced the system under the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to use telemedicine from now on. I think it would still be convenient.

DIO:      I think the national fee schedule also influences telemedicine.

Dr. Shinpaku:   The fee schedule for telemedicine is inexpensive.

Dr. KOTATSU:       We do not know when the availability of telemedicine for initial consultations will be discontinued. Also, I am sure this is a temporary procedure for the COVID-19 pandemic. I've heard that psychiatry, Chinese medicine, and some other mental health fields that offer self-pay care fees and set fees are doing well.

Facilitator:            Depending on the treatments, it may be possible to spread in the future.

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Challenges in the Medical Field

Facilitator:            Companies want to develop practical digital health in healthcare, but most are still searching for what they should do and looking for some hints. We would like to know if there are any issues in the medical field and what you would like to see improved.

DIO:      As for current issues and something we want to improve in the medical field, it is the fact that the culture of letters and faxes for referrals is still mainstream. And therefore, medical treatment at other hospitals would be unclear.

Facilitator:            I see. We may be able to improve this in the future.

Dr. Shinpaku:   It's not that we don't have the technology to improve it, but I think there are things that we don't make progress in!

Facilitator:            I see. There is a reason for that. It is necessary for everyone in the medical field to understand this.

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