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6 Aichi hospitals build network to share health records in disasters


The National Hospital Organization Nagoya Medical Center and five other hospitals in Aichi Prefecture have built a network to share electronic health records of patients in a disaster, center officials said.

The first ever such network in Japan will allow these hospitals to download and check health records of their patients for smooth emergency treatments, they said.

Each hospital has 10 laptop computers specialized for the network and sends their electronic health records to a data center of major computer maker Fujitsu Ltd. for backup purposes on a 24-hour-a-day basis.

"Learning lessons from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, we have found that we should have a system for hospitals within the region to share and transfer data," said Tomotaro Sato in charge of medical information control at the center.

Aichi is on Japan's central Pacific coast that is viewed as vulnerable to a devastating earthquake centered on the Nankai Trough.

The center plans to expand the network to cover hospitals in neighboring prefectures such as Shizuoka, Mie and Gifu.