from Yone Sugita (s[email protected] or [email protected])

Dear Colleagues:

I am planning to attend an Annual Meeting of the Business History Conference and if possible, I would like to form a complete panel (two more presenters, chair, and commentators). “Network” is the theme.

If you are interested in presenting a paper on “network” or “health care industries and network in the United States, in Japan, or anywhere in the world” or any related subject, please let me know. Also, if you are willing serve as chairman or commentators, please let me know, too.

Here is my synopsis.

***************************** Development of a Network among Health Care Service Industries and Its Impact on Medical Performance, the Economy and Society in Japan Yoneyuki Sugita

This presentation examines the impact of networking among hospitals, clinics, physicians, the pharmaceutical industry, and telecommunication industries on medical performance, the economy, and society in Japan. We are now living in an information society. In January 2003, the Japanese government established the Headquarters for Promotion of an Advanced Information and Communications Society and has been promoting the $B!H (Be-Japan Priority Policy Program. $B!I (B One of its important aims is to establish close networks among a variety of industrial sectors through information technology (IT). The Japanese government also needs to restrict increases in health care expenditure. Combining these two aims together, the Japanese government has been promoting the provision of IT-based health care services throughout Japan. For example, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is engaged in the establishment of a residential health information database and a webpage offering residential health information on demand in Fukuoka (in the southern part of Japan).

The combination of high quality health care services with high-tech industries had a synergistic effect on development in Arizona: its IT-based health care service was a politically and economically attractive innovation to make the most of cutting-edge telecommunication technology and to provide rural areas and many aged people confined to bed at home with specialized, advanced health services. Pharmaceutical companies also use the latest information technology to demonstrate the quality and special features of their own products. IT also makes it much easier for these companies to contact hospitals and physicians throughout the country. This presentation explains how this IT-based health care network affects medical performance, as well as the Japanese economy and society.

This presentation shows that the study of the IT-based health care network in Japan builds bridges between traditional business that historically focuses on firms and industries, and the health care field in the context of the Japanese government $B!G (Bs e-Japan Priority Policy Program. A growing number of aged people in Japan consume a large portion of its health care expenditure. Consequently, health care in Japan is enmeshed with the aging of its society. The study of Japan $B!G (Bs IT-based health care network examines the boundaries between business and society.

This presentation uses primary documents from a variety of Japanese government ministries, the Japan Medical Association, the Liberal Democratic Party (Japan $B!G (Bs ruling political party), and the Japan Business Federation (the largest business association), as well as secondary materials, such as journal articles, newspaper columns, and books. Physicians have conducted most of the work on IT-based health care services including telemedicine. They are quite meticulous about each medical procedure, but they tend to dismiss the relationship between IT-based health care service and society or the economy. This presentation will focus on this neglected relationship from the perspective of a social scientist.

Thank you in advance.

Best, Yone