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Case Study One – ICT and Psychiatry Mission from The Netherlands

The Dutch end of the mission was organized by the ICT consultants, TwynstraWorkInnovation, and was composed of seven hospital directors and other specialists involved in psychiatric treatment and care provision.

The mission had two objectives. Firstly, to learn about the provision of psychiatric treatment and care in Japan. Secondly, to see first-hand interesting developments in ICT with potentially relevant health-care applications. Euro Japan took care of all elements of the mission in Japan, and developed a programme schedule to fulfill these objectives.

The mission members visited a number of hospitals with large psychiatry departments. These included the University of Tokyo Hospital, NTT East Japan Hospital and a leading private hospital, Kameda Clinic. The electronic patient record systems used by these institutions were of particular interest, and meetings were also held with technology providers such as Fujitsu and IBM. Other companies with interesting technologies visited included Toshiba, NTT DoCoMo, J-Phone and Secom.

An informative overview of the Japanese healthcare system and current trends was provided in a meeting with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. A meeting was also held with the chairman and other senior members of the Medical Information System Development Center (MEDIS). This organisation includes government, academic and corporate members and develops common standards and guidelines for medical information systems.

 


Case Study Two – ‘Global Regions Initiative’ Mission from UK

The South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) is the Government funded agency responsible for the economic and social development of the South East of England. This region has the largest population in the UK, the second largest regional GDP (£130 billion estimated for 2001) and is the largest net contributor to the UK Exchequer. It benefits from high concentrations of knowledge-based industry and boasts above average employment, but despite these characteristics also has areas that continue to under-perform and require improvement to ensure continued region-wide economic prosperity.

To address this challenge SEEDA has developed and embarked upon a "global regions initiative" which aims to encourage and facilitate links with other global regions with similar expectations of growth and development. The links are expected to enable the sharing and transfer of new technologies and trade, and to establish knowledge networks between like-minded organisations, businesses and universities for the benefit of each region's economy.

One of the Global Partners is the Tokyo/Kanagawa region in Japan

To coincide with the launch of the Initiative, the GRI coordinator and leading academics from universities in the SE of England visited Japan. The purpose of their mission was to promote the Initiative to academics and government policy makers involved in entrepreneurship and innovation, to learn about similar initiatives in Japan and to establish the beginnings of a network of like-minded individuals.

The aims of the network are:

Enterprise and Innovation Best Practice

  • Sharing knowledge and best practice (including entrepreneurship)
  • Promotion and commercialisation of university research
  • Supporting business growth/spin outs to and from partner regions

Academic/Research

  • Building academic and research links in key technology areas of mutual importance
  • Promoting student recruitment and exchanges
  • Teaching best practice and collaboration e.g. e-learning

Euro Japan established a visit itinerary which included meetings with interested parties in various government agencies, including the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) and the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP).

Academic institutions visited included Keio University, Waseda University, the University of Tokyo, Yokohama National University and Tokyo Institute of Technology.

 


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