Check out the latest from Japan’s medical device industry

Medical device makers from Japan share on their feature products, which have been developed to meet a variety of needs in the healthcare sector.

Rounding off the ASEAN-Japan Dialogue on Healthcare, 10 medical device makers from Japan shared on their feature products and how each contribute to healthcare needs of healthcare facilities and patients.

Here’s a look at these highlighted products:

1. Allm Inc.

Allm is a provider of The Allm Platform suite of mobile apps, with an app suitable for each point of the patient journey. For example, MySOS is an app that stores and shares patient information with the care providers. Allm’s main product, Join, is a communication app for medical professionals and providers. Join can connect with hospital information systems, allowing clinicians to view high-resolution CT/MRI images, lab tests and other medical information on the go. Join has been certified as a software medical device by the regulators in Japan, US and EU.

2. Ubie

Ubie is an AI-driven medtech startup developing an AI health assistant solution. The solution includes a patient questionnaire which patients can fill up on their symptoms before their appointment, and a dashboard for doctors which generates a medical form based on the completed questionnaire. This helps to increase outpatient capacity, enhance patient satisfaction and achieve operational efficiency. The platform has been used by over 300 medical institutions in Japan.

3. PHC Group/Epredia

PHC Group is a global provider of healthcare solutions. Epredia, a brand under PHC Group, is a global precision cancer diagnostics company that offers a wide breath of technologies and solutions for the research and diagnostics market. It provides best-in-class equipment for diagnostic labs, across the anatomical pathology workflow. This covers equipment required for the biopsy collection, processing, sectioning, staining, digital imaging and archiving tasks.

4. Tokai Kiki

Tokai Kiki manufactures medical equipment and cleaning products such as cleaning, disinfectant or drying equipment for hospital beds and wheelchairs. Using sterilising and cleaning technologies, developed from the technologies of tatami making machines, its products support a comfortable and clean environment for both doctors and patients. During the COVID-19 pandemic, its effective disinfection control protocols have been important in ensuring the premises of the hospitals are kept contamination-free.

5. Matsunaga Thailand / Kaigo Life

Thailand is facing an ageing society, which will lead to growth in the senior care industry and increase in government spending in eldercare. KAIGO Life is a Japanese healthcare consortium and consulting firm that promotes top Japanese healthcare products and services in Thailand. It conducts business matching and helps to create and maintain a network connecting the Japan and Thailand governments on healthcare matters.

6. PT Asa Bestari Citta

DiaryBunda is a pregnancy guidance and maternal healthcare app that has been launched in Indonesia. Its key functions include recording and monitoring important data such as check-up results, removing the need for a physical handbook (which is used today). It acts as an information hub with thousands of related articles that have been approved by specialists. It also has a Q&A function for users to interact with partner doctors.

7. Hakuzo Medical

There is a growing number of kidney disease patients in Indonesia, who will require hemodialysis. Hakuzo Medical has developed a hemostatic product that has high absorbency and optimum compression, which will help to stop bleeding more effectively. This will remove the need for medical staff to manually stop the bleeding, thus bringing about time savings. It can also be used in other medical purposes such as after performing blood drawing.

8. Tanita Corporation

Regular monitoring of patients can help with preventive healthcare. However, weight is not the only measurement of health. Tanita’s professional body composition monitor gives a personalised analysis of health, including body fat and muscle mass, amongst 17 measurement results. It will record and highlight the gain or loss of each result over time, aiding users to monitor their own health changes.

9. Sysmex Corporation

Sysmex provides solutions in the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) field, which are clinical tests that analyse samples taken from the human body. IVD allows for early detection and treatment of ‘unseen’ health problems. For example, Sysmex offers testing diagnostics for kidney diseases, which are not easily detected in early stages, and may lead to complications in the later stage. Sysmex provides technologies such as lab instruments, reagents and IT software, enabling more efficient lab operations.

10. Sumitomo Heavy Industries

Sumitomo’s medical arm is focusing on the development of a cancer diagnosis and treatment system. NeuCure features the Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) therapy method, which boasts tumour cell selectivity. It is suitable for patients who have recurrence of their cancer, and has demonstrated high treatment efficacy. It is expected to be applicable for primary tumours, and may be combined with x-ray therapy for a combination treatment plan in the future.

To view the ASEAN-Japan Dialogue on Healthcare sessions, please click here.