Biomedical Engineering Letters

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 22–28 | Cite as

Specific health checkups in Japan: The present situation analyzed using 5-year statistics and the future

  • Toshiyo TamuraEmail author
  • Yutaka Kimura
Review Article
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  1. International Biomedical Engineering Conference (IBEC) 2014


The forthcoming very elderly society threatens to render the health insurance system of Japan dysfunctional. To solve this issue, a new screening and interventional program specifically targeting metabolic syndrome commenced in April 2008. This program targeted individuals in the age group 40–74 years. The program sought to prevent the risk of development of lifestyle-related diseases. In this review, we analyze 5-year statistical data, discuss the efficiency of the screening program, and offer a brief explanation of the applicability of information communication technology (ICT). Intervention was effective to prevent metabolic syndrome based on physiological parameters. Using ICT, a database has been created to collect both health checkup records and receipts. Computer- and Web-based health guidance has been attempted but no reports thereon have yet been published. Further efforts should be made to improve the design, cost, and handling characteristics of both the software and hardware.


Specific health checkup Disease management program Screening Metabolic syndrome Health guidance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biomedical EngineeringOsaka Electro-Communication UniversityOsakaJapan
  2. 2.Health Science CenterKansai Medical UniversityOsakaJapan

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