Japan’s high-quality health data and innovations present opportunities between Japan and the UK
As the world’s third largest economy, Japan is leading the way for aging societies. This transformative initiative has significant implementations for the economic growth of the UK, representing immense business opportunities as its population also ages.
This was the takeaway of an engaging discussion between a group of more than 20 experts from established research institutions, innovative digital health companies and leading media of the UK and Japan at a roundtable event held in London on 20 November.
The event "Open for Business: Capitalising on Japan’s Digital Healthcare Economy during this Era of Aging Societies" hosted by the Government of Japan and moderated by Martin Koehring, Managing Editor and Global Healthcare Lead, Thought Leadership, The Economist Intelligence Unit, featured Professor Sudhesh Kumar Dean of the Warwick Medical School and Non-Executive Director at NHS Digital, Shinsuke Muto, Chairman, Integrity Healthcare Co., Ltd., Yumiko Nishimura, Advisor-Japan, Health 2.0/HIMSS and Kazumi Nishikawa, Director, Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, who joined via video conference from Japan.
One-fifth of Japan’s citizens are 70 years of age or older, putting it at the forefront of demographic changes now facing many other developed nations, including the UK. Taking this unprecedented challenge of a super-aging society as a transformative opportunity, the Government of Japan is working on implementing a new patient-oriented healthcare system by 2020.
This initiative, which includes data and technological innovations to promote healthier lifestyles, provides strong opportunities for the UK to collaborate with Japan across many areas of healthcare innovation, such as the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence.
At the event, speakers discussed how Japan is well placed to serve as the world’s test bed for the emerging digital healthcare economy in this era of aging societies; the country’s high-quality data around medical, health and long-term care, generated from the country’s universal healthcare system covering its 127mn citizens, is hugely attractive to scientists and businesses.
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Advanced technology including Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, coupled with the data, is spurring new business creation, which delivers healthcare more effectively and efficiently for the countries sharing the same demographic change, including the UK.
“The amazing increase in our life expectancy comes with both opportunities and challenges. An ageing population means increased healthcare costs, later retirement, and a need for research and development to prevent and treat more chronic diseases.
For Japan, the UK and other countries to address this challenge, collaboration is key. We must work together to create a global healthcare ecosystem, where research, innovation and information sharing support better services, delivery and outcomes.” – Professor Sudhesh Kumar, Dean of the Warwick Medical School, Non-Executive Director at NHS Digital
"There are many areas Japan can work together with the UK for realising life-long active societies through open innovation. I expect further collaboration with UK companies and research institutions for value-added market creation, to solve our shared issues going forward." – Kazumi Nishikawa, Director, Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.
The event, "Open for Business: Capitalising on Japan’s Digital Healthcare Economy during this Era of Aging Society," was supported by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) London.
"Open for Business" roundtable discussions will take place in Europe with events in Munich (November 21) and Paris (November 22).
The Government of Japan continues to transform its market into a high quality business environment to meet the needs of worldwide businesses by providing world-leading, high-value business environment that enables companies to expand and thrive. The country is generating new and exciting opportunities in an economy that is aligning its regulations with those of other advanced economies to enable seamless transition for companies ready to expand into new growth markets.
Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT
Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.
“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.
Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:
- Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
- CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
- Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data
However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”
In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies.
The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help.
“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”