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.

AT YOUR SERVICE – Johann CORDIER

“The testimony of Johann CORDIER, Application Engineer at Fujifilm Medical France.”

— We are at your service. During the current healthcare crisis our technicians are working on the front lines alongside healthcare professionals to make sure patients can be diagnosed and treated. These are their stories. This series will be updated weekly. —

We live in a very troubled and difficult time. Difficult for everyone, but especially for all the actors who fight every day, or for people with a loved one reached by the virus!


For my part, a lot of questions. Being the father of four children, I asked myself the question: “what should I do?” I am in a risky zone, people in the neighbourhood are affected. And then one answer comes to me: my role is to help people, so I take all the usual precautions and I will help the heroes of the front, because, yes, it is a war that we are living…


My latest user training at the Nouvel Hôpital Civil de Strasbourg and Hautepierre hospital left a strong impression on me.


We delivered a radiology mobile and a Flex system, including a Nano, which is now reserved for screening patients with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19 and signs (dyspnea, desaturation …) necessiting hospital charge.


When I arrived on site, I was struck by the new organisation set up by the NHC in Strasbourg. The centre has been transformed. The hospital is now sectorised, with an area entirely dedicated to the care of the Covid-19 which currently includes two hundred reanimation beds.


Personally, I did not enter this sector because training on new devices is carried out outside the Covid-19 area, in a standardised space.


After the training, the Nano we worked on left for 100% use in the Covid area. The radio manipulators (technicians) who use it only access this area after following a strict procedure, in an outfit worthy of an operating room: cleaning of the hands with soap and water, then protection with a mask, over-blouses and a protective apron, over-shoes, a charlotte and gloves. Measures which take time, but which are essential for their protection and that of those around them.


The Grand-Est region, my region, was heavily impacted by Covid-19. Beyond the number of people affected by the virus, the human impact, we see that private-public relations have gone from competition to mutual aid. Some private groups have made equipment available to public hospitals, something that has never been seen before.


For my part, I am happy to participate in this fight thanks to my training for users of our equipment, the Nano mobile or the FDR Go and associated systems.


I have a strong thought for these heroes who, despite their fatigue and the risk, remain united and combative, with the sole idea of participating in mutual assistance in order to stem this horror.


I still remain worried about the teams that I leave ready to go to the front once the training is over. I think of them all the time and wish to express them all my admiration and support.

AT YOUR SERVICE – Marco Costa

“Marco Costa, Medical Equipments Application Supervisor, servicing hospitals in Milan, Italy, tells his story of facing the current healthcare crisis head-on.”

We are at your service. During the current healthcare crisis our technicians are working on the front lines alongside healthcare professionals to make sure patients can be diagnosed and treated. These are their stories. This series will be updated weekly.

First there was the focus on an area other than our core. From mammograms, attention has drastically turned to mobile x-ray systems for examinations on bedridden patients: an important product category, but so far not predominant.

Within a few days, we had to put the mammography equipment into the background, to which we devote great energy and planning every day, to devote all our efforts to an area that has become very topical, namely chest exams. I never imagined that I would have to put the chest exam back in the first place … This is because chest exam is currently the only exam that patients with COVID 19 have to undergo in order to have an assessment of the progress of related diseases, such as pneumonia.

After the first moment of surprise, a great sense of concern crept into me. I started thinking about my team of application specialists, i.e. those who have the fundamental and critical task of carrying out all the testing activities of the equipment installed at customers. For example, instruction to radiology technicians and assessment of the quality of the radiographic image.

Never as at this time, has it become of primary importance to know the procedures for accessing hospital facilities, it is essential to know in which environment you will have to operate, which PPE to wear ….

Yes… the PPE …. not that I previously underestimated them indeed, there are well-tested internal procedures but, the awareness of accessing a high-risk environment has led me to reconsider the importance of personal protective equipment. “the PPE I will wear is saving my life” This is a slightly different thought. It is a thought that on one hand reassures; on the other, it puts some tension.

I do not think to extremes, I assure you that when you enter a hospital today and later in a radiology, compulsorily following a pre-established path to try to minimize potential contagion, the tension is felt.

We then run to prepare all the possible and imaginable PPE (with the poor colleague Luca who, for his part, does his utmost to meet all needs), we become experts in the certification of the masks, we prepare all the material and pack boxes on boxes to be sent to application specialists who live far away. And of course, the collection of the material is arranged for those who will be able to pass in person.

It is a feverish activity, which we now carry out with our eyes closed. I now spend a lot of my working time contacting clients to find out how they should behave once they arrive at the hospital, which PPE they recommend to wear, which safety procedures must be followed. Then … then finally the real work begins.

Once in the hospital, we begin to educate the staff, very few people at a time, in a protected environment. Everyone wears a mask and gloves and the atmosphere becomes surreal. It is at that moment that you realize that you are carrying out an activity useful to others, to those who work on the front lines. To those who are struggling without ever giving up.

In these critical moments, also happened to me to intervene in an installation since the whole team was fully engaged in the field. It was my first experience linked to this pandemic.

I wore an FFP3 mask for 3 hours and I assure you that at the end of the surgery I was a rag, certainly also thanks to the great tension accumulated, I was having difficulty breathing. Since then I have never stopped thinking about the sanitary workers who must wear it during these gruelling work shifts these days. I was the first to experience touching this new reality with my own hands, and often during the day I asked myself if I had done everything I could to protect my colleagues.

Then when you prepare to return home in the evening, the thought goes to loved ones, my wife, my daughter and then you would like to stay in your car, in the parking lot under the house to avoid any contagion but, then take courage and try to take all necessary precautions and go ahead, continuing to give your support.”

Flu virus detection system

If you think you have the flu, time is of the essence. The sooner you get a sure diagnosis, the sooner treatment can start and the sooner you’ll feel better. Since influenza is highly contagious, early detection is also vital to protect others from catching it.

Up until now, influenza was not detectable early on. But an intrepid Fujifilm researcher took a hard look at the problem, went back over 80 years of film development technology and found a way to identify the flu virus faster. Called IMMUNO AG1, it involves gold and is 100 times more sensitive than previous methods. A special process minimizes false positives.

So now, flu patients can get the right treatment sooner, and flu outbreaks can be contained more easily. Good as gold!

Bloomberg: Regenerative medicine could be a $120 billion industry by 2030

Today Bloomberg reported about regenerative medicine in Japan. Four years ago, Shinya Yamanaka, a Kyoto University professor, had won the Nobel Prize for his work in stem cell biology, which has since sparked investment into regenerative medicine in Japan. Companies like Fujifilm and Hitachi Ltd. have also made investments on technology and products using Yamanaka’s discovery. Through an acquisition of  Japan Tissue Engineering Co. Ltd, Fujifilm is already supplying patients in Japan with artificially generated skin and cartilage. Read the full interview with FUJIFILM Corporation Mr. Toda, Executive Vice President, and Mr. Ban, General Manager of Regenerative Medicine business.
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