Category: Interviews

From Fujifilm staff members to users of Fujifilm cameras, the Interviews sections covers a wide range of subjects.

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.

Maurice’s first 100 days at Fujifilm…

The Corona crisis is a dangerous catastrophe that puts peoples’ health at risk and challenges their work and private life. Being young and hungry for personal and professional development also makes times like these a challenge. Please meet Maurice, a 20-year-old International Management university student. He is the new arrival that joined Fujifilm Europe’s Corporate Communication department exactly 100 days ago. Today, he will share his latest experiences with us.

Two years ago I moved to Dusseldorf with the dream to pursue my career as a competitive athlete while doing my studies. Combining studies, sport and a job was not easy. Therefore, I have always seen my jobs as a necessity in order to support my passion. Then, after the pandemic hit in March 2020, I was forced to quit my career as a competitive athlete and, all of a sudden, I was able to pay more attention to my work life. This changed my perspective from seeing my job as a necessity to actually enjoy the work I am doing.

In 2019, I started to work for a tech startup. Then after one and a half years, I was ready for a new challenge. Something that would suit my expectations more and also would involve a deeper international perspective. I was looking for quite a while, until I finally found a job description which caught my attention immediately…

Why Fujifilm Europe?

After a Covid conform application and interview phase, I had my first day at FUJIFILM Europe GmbH. You might ask yourself: “Why did he choose Fujifilm Europe?” First of all, I was not particularly looking for a position at Fujifilm, but during my research for a new job, I stumbled across the or such a global player.

Another reason is that I went to a film related High School and I liked the thought of combining my experiences within the film industry and my interest in marketing and communication. Additionally, as a multi-technology company, Fujifilm is operating in various areas which was also interesting for me because this makes the work more versatile. Last but not least, I live in Dusseldorf and since Fujifilm Europe’s headquarters are located in this amazing city, I basically live next door. 

Starting my new job

Honestly, I did not know what was waiting for me and what I should expect from my new position as Social Media Operator. Starting a new job during a pandemic was – and still is – not easy, but it was not as complicated as I had imagined either. Instead, it was nice to be in the comfort of my own home. 

My first official meeting was our weekly team video call which I joined being quite excited and nervous because I did not know anybody. I also did not expect to talk in English exclusively which caught me by surprise, but was not a problem at all. At the end of the team meeting, I was convinced that I had made the right decision to join and become a part of Fujifilm. During the following days, my excitement grew as I learned more about my tasks and the people I work with.

The world of Social Media and Digital Communication

Working as a Social Media Operator is always exciting, and it feels like every day something new and challenging is waiting for me. My task is to support several projects, e.g. Social Media communication, editorial work and sometimes even some technical tasks. Accordingly, there are many opportunities to grow, learn and also improve myself. The job makes it possible to discover various parts of Fujifilm and the business life in general, especially, throughout the field of digital communication. 

Digital communication is playing a huge and important role in our daily life. Communication is based on a dialog, which means interacting with many people is the main emphasis. Therefore, communication – and especially digital communication – becomes more and more essential for businesses because that is the new way to reach and interact with people interested in Fujifilm related topics. To conclude, interacting with different people on a daily basis, solving problems, being challenged and a lot more makes this job so diversified.

Making mistakes is part of the process!

Everything I mentioned before makes this position seem like a perfect and balanced job, which I would not deny, but there are some challenges, too. We all know these times when your Manager gives you a task, but you have no idea how to solve it or what he or she is even talking about. I always told myself that, first, I try to solve problems or difficult tasks by myself, but if there is no possible way for me to manage then I will ask for support immediately and without feeling ashamed or being afraid to disappoint someone. I tell myself that mistakes are human and that it is not a problem to make mistakes and to not be perfect, no matter whether I just started or have already been working at Fujifilm for years. We all make mistakes! This is also something my boss always advises me about. He gives me the chance to correct my mistakes rather than just calling me out for making them. Honestly, I made some mistakes and still do them, but realising the above at such an early stage, made me not stress out too much about it. Consequently, my motivation did not dwindle either. It actually increased because I was eager to improve and work on myself to become better at what I am doing.

Given all the difficult circumstances I decided to make the best of this new situation and find a job, team and task that fit and challenged me. Being part of the corporate communications department and being able to work with a fun, supporting and open-minded team is such an honor. My colleagues have been friendly and welcoming to me since day one, and they have not changed yet. After 100 days, I can still say that I feel more than comfortable working at Fujifilm and that I am thankful for the opportunities Fujifilm has already given to me.

I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me!

We thank Maurice for his insights into his first working days at Fujifilm. If interested in checking on Fujifilm’s open job vacancies, please have a look here: http://englishcareers-fujifilmeu.icims.com/

AT YOUR SERVICE – Anika Sand

Anika Sand, Application Specialist for Fujifilm Germany’s Medical Systems division, servicing hospitals in Germany, shares her experience and feelings during the Coronavirus pandemic. Due to the rapid developments of the Corona situation, we would like to point out that we conducted the interview in 2020.

– We are at your service. During the current Coronavirus pandemic our technicians and application specialists are working on the front line alongside healthcare professionals to make sure patients can be diagnosed and treated. These are their stories. –

Fujifilm: When the Coronavirus pandemic reached Germany, what were your first thoughts?
Anika Sand: At the beginning, when Corona reached Germany, I was probably concerned about whether and how the pandemic would affect my work – not only for Fujifilm but especially for doctors, nurses and patients. The facilities, like hospitals or doctor’s practices, had to prepare for the situation within a short time. Life outside of hospitals also became more difficult for everyone.

Fujifilm: We would like to get to know you better. You are Application Specialist for Radiography for Fujifilm in Germany. Can you describe your role?
Anika Sand: My job is to look after our customers immediately after installation of our Medical Systems on site. I do the briefings with the operating staff, set up the software according to the customer’s wishes and needs. Also, I change the image processing in cooperation with the doctors, if this is desired. At Fujifilm, we work as one team, so I accompany demos to support my sales colleagues, too.

Fujifilm: What motivates you to go to work every day?
Anika Sand: I have been working for Fujifilm for almost 7 years now. Previously, I had worked as an MTA in a radiology practice and was looking for a new challenge. At Fujifilm, I never have the feeling of “stopping” due to our extensive product portfolio and the constant new developments. I look after our digital X-ray systems, mobile and portable radiography solutions, the field of mammography and our CT. Naturally, during COVID-19 we have experienced a shift in demand, especially of our mobile X-ray devices. So, the customers I look after are mixed. This can range from a radiological, gynecological or surgical practice to a university clinic. It can be very enriching to work with customers and being able to show the latest technology to them.

Fujifilm: How do you support the hospitals, doctors and nurses in the current situation?
Anika Sand: During this time, our workload has increased because appointments on site must be carefully planned and prepared. Overnight stays in hotels have also become more difficult, since the rules for protection must also be observed there. My actual job I do the same way as before. Only the “how” has changed – and it has changed a lot. The support is not much different either. Certainly you need to do certain things by phone or online, but working directly with customers usually would be the most efficient way of working – interaction is easier and more direct, you can explain and show face-to-face. I still can, and need to, go to the clinics for my work. I am responsible for radiology operation working smoothly on our devices, regardless of whether it is about the operation or the setting of the images.

“I have hoped from the start that we as society overcome this crisis and everyone can quickly get back to “normal” while learning from this experience.”


Fujifilm: What has changed on site – in hospitals and doctor’s practices – for you?
Anika Sand: I always have a facemask or face covering with me. I also bring disinfectant with me, but it is available at the customer’s sites in all departments. Even before COVID-19, the entrances to the clinics were equipped with disinfectant dispensers. It is good to experience well-managed crisis management in hospitals with all German clinics that I have worked with being well prepared. However, the uncertainty about what the future holds is there. In the meantime, however, the clinics are back in relatively normal operation, which until recently had been severely shut down. I feel safe working at home and at hospital appointments. And for sure, working with a facemask is necessary and can be lifesaving, but is a bit difficult because the air underneath gets quite thin after a lot of talking. A “regular” workday therefore can get quite exhausting.

Fujifilm: What has changed at home and at work?
Anika Sand: Not that much has changed for me. I would normally work at home. So, this is nothing new for my partner and me. At work the situation is very different though. Personal meetings and training cannot take place. Nevertheless, the team has worked out how to exchange information in the home office via regular web meetings to keep everything going as best as possible.

Fujifilm: What have you learned during your recent work in the Coronavirus pandemic?
Anika Sand: My job includes a lot of travelling; I often need to be on site with the doctors and nurses to support them as best as possible. Therefore, possibilities of travelling and overnight stays are heavily necessary to do my job. At the beginning the problem was that many hotels and all restaurants had to close and it was difficult to find something to stay overnight let alone find something to eat after a whole day of work. It was good to experience that problems can be seen as challenges and big and small ones can often be solved according to rules and thinking creatively at the same time. For example, a colleague and I simply had a socially distanced picnic at our hotel one evening. I have hoped from the start that we as society overcome this crisis and everyone can quickly get back to “normal” while learning from this experience.

To download the interview in our Whitepaper format (pdf) please have a look at our AT YOUR SERVICE homepage here.

Women4Women

women4women - take care of yourself

What happens when your colleague tells you about the importance of breast cancer prevention and manages to get you hooked on her story? Thus WOMEN4WOMEN was born – the magazine written by women who work at Fujifilm every day to spread the technology and culture of breast cancer prevention. This work is dedicated to all women so that they never let their guard down and take care of themselves.

We dedicate the first edition of our magazine to you – no matter if man or woman, so you can become passionate about reading intense and exciting stories and look at technology as a fundamental aid in the fight against breast cancer, too.

For  this year´s Pink October, we have asked colleagues from the Medical Systems field across EMEA to share their experiences and become our ambassadors. Expect to meet biomedic engineers, radiologists, scientists, electronic engineers, industrial chemistry scientists, business and marketing managers, and physicians.

While collecting their stories, we were thrilled about how personal and professional experience can have such a positive influence on the result of their work. Being focused on women who offer their experiences, this approach might look like it is relevant for women only. But we can surely say that breast cancer is a disease that every gender should be aware of.

In case you got curious, feel free to follow the link to the magazine.