DNP Develops System to Grasp Daily Patient Behavior Quantitatively for Treatment and Guidance

Verification Tests implemented in Conjunction with Yokohama University of Pharmacy

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) is pleased to announce the development of a system designed to help visualize patient behavior, including meals, sleep, along with the patient's medication status. The newly developed system is expected to help healthcare workers, such as physicians, pharmacists and home nursing staff, make diagnoses, prescribe medicines and provide appropriate guidance. Marketing activities will commence from this autumn.

[Background]

According to the Annual Report on the Aging Society 2015, issued by the Japanese Cabinet Office, based on information from the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, the over-65 senior population is forecast to increase from 33 million in 2014 to 36.57 million in 2025. Looking ahead, demands on medical and nursing care are expected to increase. Against this backdrop, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare is promoting the creation of an Integrated Community Care System (ICCS) that will provide residential, medical, nursing care, prevention and daily life support in a packaged format so as to allow the elderly to continue living in their familiar surroundings even if they require intensive nursing care.

Implementing ICCS requires a strengthening of the home healthcare system. Under such systems, in addition to preventing instances of patients forgetting to take their medicine, in order to help healthcare workers provide appropriate diagnoses and guidance, it is also important to be aware of changes in symptoms, and patient-specific lifestyles. In many cases, however, this information is passed on orally, and it has been difficult to fully ascertain the necessary data. At the same time, under ICCS multidisciplinary cooperation, the sharing of information across physicians, pharmacists and home nursing staff also becomes important.

In order to overcome these challenges DNP has developed a system that provides a quantitative understanding of changes in symptoms, and patient-specific lifestyles, and help healthcare workers provide appropriate guidance for patients.

[Overview and Properties of New System]

The newly developed system is comprised of a daily life check card with an in-built electronic module, a Near Field Communication (NFC) card reader for reading the information recorded on the card, and dedicated management software. The daily life check card records the status and time of activities underlying patient-specific lifestyle patterns, such as whether they have eaten, taken fluids or slept properly, by having each patient press a button on the card next to the appropriate topic. By passing this card over the NFC card reader, it is possible to view individual patient-based data via the management software.

  • By helping to develop a quantitative time series-based understanding of the data, including medication status and patient lifestyles, it will be possible to achieve early detection of changes in patient health and ailments, helping healthcare workers provide appropriate guidance and treatment.
  • The daily check card records information at the simple push of a button, meaning that even those seniors who otherwise shy away from digital equipment, such as smartphones, can easily use the cards.
  • The recorded information is converted into a two-dimensional code with the management software, and output as a label. And by reading this two-dimensional code with a laptop or phone-based camera it becomes possible to share patient information across multiple disciplines, without using the internet.

[Pricing]

Package sales price: from 200,000 yen

(Includes 10 daily check cards, a lap top integrating the dedicated software such as one for the card reader, the NFC reader-writer, a label printer and a user manual).

* It is also planned to market optional cards, and software development kits for developing the card reader software.

[Verification Tests in Conjunction with Yokohama University of Pharmacy]  

Verification tests using the newly developed system, designed to gain an understanding of patient lifestyles of the elderly at home, were developed in conjunction with Yokohama University of Pharmacy.

Test period: December 2015 - January 2016

Test subjects: 20 patients aged 75 or more (10 on an out-patient basis, and 10 on a home-visit basis)

Test contents: Patients required to press appropriate buttons on daily check cards covering 12 items, including whether they have eaten, taken fluids or slept properly. In the case of out-patients, card to be presented to physician at time of hospital visit, and physician to make diagnosis, draw up prescription, and provide advice based on the recorded information.

In the case of patients requiring home-visits, card information to be confirmed by nursing care operator, and to be used as a stimulus for communication. Appropriate reports to be made to physicians in instances of changes in health status of patient.

The following effects were noted: It was possible to gain a quantitative understanding of the lifestyles of the elderly from medication status and lifestyle-based records.

As the user interface is simply constructed around having the patient press a button on a card, with no need to operate tablet terminals or smartphones, elderly patients were able to make records on an ongoing basis. Patients also noted that by making such record keeping a daily custom, the activity provided a stimulus for patients to pay more attention to their own health status.

[Looking Ahead]

DNP will market the newly developed system mainly to dispensing pharmacies, home visit nursing stations, medical clinics, and pharmaceutical companies, aiming for total sales of 1.0 billion yen by FY 2020.

 
* Product prices, specification and service contents mentioned in this news release are current as of the date of publication. They may be changed at any time without notice.