Category: healthcare

As a total healthcare company, we develop a wide range of businesses in the three areas of “Prevention”, “Diagnosis”, and “Treatment”. We are contributing to the health of people around the world by responding to unmet medical needs, early detection of diseases, and support for the development and manufacture of innovative vaccines and pharmaceuticals.

World Cancer Day 2022

World Cancer Day – every 4th February – is a global initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Starting more than 20 years ago, World Cancer Day has grown into a positive movement for everyone to face one of our greatest challenges in history. By raising global awareness, improving education and  collective action, we are all working together to reimagine a world where millions of lives can be saved through preventive care and access to life-saving cancer treatment is equitable for all.

While we live in an era of impressive advances in healthcare – from artificial intelligence to hyper-technological devices – many of us seeking cancer treatment encounter barriers at every turn: income, education, geographical location and discrimination. That is why the Union for International Cancer Control has chosen as the theme for this year’s World Cancer Day, #ClosetheCareGap. To raise awareness of this gap that affects people all over the world, in both high- and low- and middle-income countries.

And we, at Fujifilm, are also promoting this initiative. For years, our goal has been to find solutions for society’s problems. One of the main goals of our Sustainable Value Plan 2030 is to improve access to healthcare globally, reduce the burden on patients by providing innovative solutions for medical imaging and enable early detection of diseases using AI and IT.

Last year – on 4 February 2021–we inaugurated NURA*, a Fujifilm cancer screening center in India. Its cancer screening program includes 10 tests, including breast cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer. With NURA, our vision is to introduce the culture of regular health screening. We will continue to support the development of healthcare by providing state-of-the-art products and services that help improve the health and quality of life of people around the world to #CloseTheCareGap.

*In partnership with Dr Kutty’s Healthcare

Iseni Sanità Group – a prime example

Yesterday at a virtual European event, the newly named FUJIFILM Healthcare Europe and FUJIFILM Europe’s existing European medical business presented a complete and integrated portfolio of diagnostic products and services, including CT, MRI, X-ray, AI, PACS, endoscopy and ultrasound systems. The launch follows the completion of Fujifilm’s acquisition and takeover of Hitachi’s Diagnostic Imaging-related business on 31 March 2021, with the newly named FUJIFILM Healthcare Europe.

Synergy between Fujifilm and Fujifilm Healthcare creates new healthcare value

This new comprehensive product portfolio has already been installed in Italy by one of our main partners, Iseni Sanità Group, which has renewed its equipment including FUJIFILM Healthcare Europe equipment, representing the first case study of Fujifilm’s new broader product portfolio. 

Today, thanks to the renewal of Iseni Sanità Group’s MRI and CT Hitachi equipment with FUJIFILM Healthcare Europe’s new Echelon Smart Plus MRI scanner and Scenaria View Advanced CT scanner, this Iseni Sanità Group case study represents the first concrete example of Fujifilm’s new comprehensive healthcare partnership. 

The long-term partnership between Fujifilm Italia and Iseni Sanità Group is now fully consolidated

Iseni Sanità Group, a diagnostic and surgical hospitalization and treatment institute, has been using Fujifilm’s technologies and equipment for years, continuously updating its installed base and renewing its multi-year partnership with Fujifilm. Based out of the Italian province of Varese, the Group makes use of the Synapse Workflow, Synapse PACS and Synapse 3D elements of the Synapse software suite. It collaborates with esteemed clinical specialists and carries out around 20,000 examinations per year divided between MRI, CT, X-ray, bone densitometry, mammography, ultrasound and endoscopy. All systems are integrated with each other in various diagnostic methods, supporting the management of approximately 100,000 patients a year from all over Italy, and about 10% from overseas.

Learning from the Pandemic

Radiology – the ‘gatekeeper’ specialty to unlocking the potential of digital health

Can radiology become the most important medical specialty in the field of digital health?

This was one of the questions posed as part of Fujifilm’s Healthcare’s Digital European Tour, a series of virtual events designed to highlight the contribution radiology has been making during – and after – the pandemic.

The event saw clinicians from across Europe share their experience of Covid-19, and the vital role radiologist have and can play in the fight. 

And according to Professor Thomas Vogl, Director of the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at Frankfurt University Hospital, radiology services will be vital to the future of healthcare. Citing the example of a network of hospitals across Germany sharing lung CT scans to help diagnose Covid, Prof Vogl believes the opportunities are enormous. He described how the potential of artificial intelligence when combined with innovations in radiology, could transform the way we approach diagnostics across a number of illness areas.

The central role of radiology in the evolving use of diagnostics was a recurring theme of the whole event, which heard reports from speakers based across Europe. 

And while advances in technology can never replace physicians – a point made by Ing. Giovanni Delgrossi, Director of Information Systems ASST Vimercate in Italy – it can transform the speed and effectiveness of our physicians; and radiographers could be the ‘gatekeepers’ to unlocking this potential. 

It is a development that Ing. Delgrossi believes could help move healthcare from being reactive, (even passive) to being proactive – to finding and treating more health problems, more quickly. This belief is fed by his experiences during the pandemic. 

In Vemercate, they were able to use artificial intelligence to scan an average of 80-90 chest x-rays per day and separate the Covid positive from the Covid negative; helping them to identify over 900 Covid patients. However, the importance of radiology doesn’t simply fit within the confinement of the height of the pandemic. 
(Read the full case of Vimercate Hospital downloading Take Away 17 here: synapse.fujifilm.eu/fujifilm-takeaway/ )

The problems of care and diagnosis backlogs threatens health systems across Europe. In Italy for example, 521,000 (12%) fewer new diagnoses were made, and the number of patients starting a new treatment fell by 277,000 (10%). This is a picture that speakers from across Europe shared; In Germany, half of surgeries have been postponed; In France, new diagnoses of cancer were down 23%, and 2.2m operations were canceled; and in the UK, 1.7m people were waiting more than 18 weeks to start a new treatment. This combines to create a Europe-wide tidal wave of patients waiting to be diagnosed and treated. 

The role of innovative radiological solutions in helping to work through these backlogs was highlighted as being potentially crucial. Fiona Thow, formerly of NHS Improvement in England talked about how Fujifilm’s Xair, a portable x-ray unit, was transforming the way in which care could be delivered. She described how, by taking care out to community diagnostic hubs nearer the patients, they could identify and triage patients more quickly, and help keep patients away from acute centres, allowing them to focus on the patients that require acute care. 

And in France, radiologists are collaborating across Europe to share data on breast imaging to help identify how big a backlog they are likely to face so that they can continue to identify as many cases of breast cancer as early as possible, giving patients the best possible outcomes. 

While there is much to be concerned about – the impact of Covid is profound and will be long term – there is enormous pride that radiologists can, and are, playing such a key role in helping to deal with the pandemic’s effects. For us at Fujifilm, there is a tremendous affirmation in that; what we do really matters. That by never stopping innovating, and producing new technologies, we have helped our health services across Europe cope with the pandemic. And that by continuing to produce the technologies that we do, we are helping to equip not just our radiologists, but the entire multi-disciplinary care team – with the tools they need to minimise the impact of the pandemic on patients and maximise the effectiveness of their care.

If we can collectively achieve that, then perhaps we will be able to say that radiology really is the gatekeeper specialty to unlocking the potential of digital health.

World Health Day – 7th April 2021: Together for a fairer, healthier world

Today is World Health Day.

It is celebrated each year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948 and to raise awareness about a public health priority. 

Last year, COVID-19 hit all countries across the world pointing out health inequities and poor access to safe environments for some groups and people. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted those people already disadvantaged, and evidence shows a worsening trend of disparities and inequity and this leads to unnecessary suffering and avoidable illness.

For this reason, this year the World Health Organization (WHO) chose the theme“Together for a fairer, healthier world” to celebrate World Health Day calling for action to eliminate health inequities and mobilize action to attain better health for all and leave no one behind.

Progress in tackling health disparities runs slowly worldwide but Fujifilm is determined to strengthen our efforts to help solve social issues as well. Fujifilm started to provide “FDR Xair” to the organization “Stop TB Partnership” for their study to control tuberculosis (TB) mainly in Asia and African regions. And then, Sonosite SoundCaring and Global Health Loaner programs make Sonosite hand-carried ultrasound systems available to those working on humanitarian efforts in remote, low-income communities with little or no access to ultrasound technology. For expectant mothers in a rural village, an ultrasound diagnosis can mean the difference between a safe and hazardous delivery. For children suffering from pneumonia in sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia, an ultrasound or x-ray diagnosis can lead to life-saving treatment. Because our equipment is uniquely suited for these austere environments, we feel compelled to bring this valuable technology to those who need it most.

You can read many of these stories on the Sonosite Global Health blog section.

There are still many issues to be addressed, not only in terms of unmet medical needs but also other issues that include the medical divide, the shortage of doctors…Us, in Fujifilm, we mobilize our technologies, products and service to resolve various issues and contributing to further improving the quality of medical care and better health for all. 

Health is a fundamental human right.