Nov 13, 2013

Hospitals await OK to invest overseas

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry is considering allowing hospital operators in Japan to invest in overseas medical institutions under the government’s growth strategy. The ministry expressed the view at a medicine and nursing care subcommittee meeting under the government’s Industrial Competitiveness Council on ...

Oct 18, 2013

Lax fire regulations cost lives

The Oct. 11 fire that killed 10 people at a Fukuoka orthopedic clinic is a warning to the central and local governments of the consequences of letting fire-prevention equipment go unchecked.

Sep 21, 2013

Hospitals may be forced to hand cancer patient information to state

A nonpartisan group of Diet lawmakers has drafted a bill that would oblige hospitals to provide the state with cancer patients’ personal information, including their condition, in an effort to improve treatment quality, sources said Saturday. The group, which includes members of the ruling ...

Tohoku still in dire need of medical support

Sep 11, 2013

Tohoku still in dire need of medical support

Thirty months after tsunami devastated the Tohoku coast, residents are still facing a lack of medical services because of delays in restarting damaged hospitals and clinics and the closures of others. To overcome the shortage of medical staff in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, ...

Jul 14, 2013

'Alarm fatigue' at hospitals poses risks

Walk into a hospital intensive care unit and hear the din: A ventilator honks loudly. An infusion pump emits a high-pitched beep-beep every six seconds. A blood pressure monitor pushes out one long tone after another. This particular racket, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, ...