Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", Head Office: Tokyo, President and CEO: Tatsuo Yasunaga) will launch substantiative experimental projects of integrated online medical care to verify the practicality of procedures related to online medical care, online instructions for taking prescription medicines, and medicine delivery for patients. Certified for implementation in National Strategic Special Zones, the experimental projects of integrated online medical care will be launched in Yabu City, Hyogo Prefecture and Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture. In Yabu City, Mitsui will work in partnership with the municipal government, local pharmacies, and clinics, and in Fukuoka, it will work alongside Mitsui affiliate pharmacy operator, Sogo Medical Co., Ltd.
For these experimental projects of integrated online medical care, Mitsui will collaborate with pharmaceutical venture firm, minacolor, Inc. to provide an integrated online management system covering medical services through to medicine delivery, and will work alongside patients, doctors, and pharmacists to examine the system's convenience and treatment continuity. Using the video chat function on smartphones and other devices, patients can receive medical care and instructions for taking prescription medicines, and then receive the medicines in their homes.
In secluded mountain areas and remote islands, the number of patients struggling with access to clinics and pharmacies is increasing, accompanied by a continuously aging population. In addition, patients with lifestyle related diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes which lack subjective symptoms have a tendency to fall into intermittent medical care, resulting in a severe condition and often inviting increased medical expenses.
Through these experimental projects, Mitsui will work in collaboration with various local healthcare workers to build a practical model that assists to curb medical expenses and contribute to the aforementioned patients who have trouble getting to hospital.