Major in Health Informatics and Business Administration
Field of Health Informatics and Business Administration

Overview of the field

In the Field of Health Informatics and Business Administration, we train specialists for a new era of medical services. Medical services in Japan are at the stage of rapid progress with the advancement of diagnosis and treatment skills, the accelerated implementation of information technologies in hospitals, the arrival of super-aging society, increasing citizens' demand for higher/highest levels of medicine, higher demand for patient satisfaction, and the introduction of a new medical service insurance system. Health information and hospital management require highly specialized knowledge and skills. The Department of Health Informatics and Business Administration opened in April 2014 will foster Health Information Managers who can contribute to the determination of critical paths which are the causes of the delaying of the improvement of patient satisfaction, quality and efficiency of hospital management, and assess possible shortcuts for better services.

Characteristics of the Major in Health Informatics and Business Administration

An approach to advanced research, medical practice and education

While striving for an advancement of health science research and education, we will train educators, researchers as well as highly specialized personnel in clinical settings.

An approach to the systematic and organizational prevention of medical accidents /malpractices

Determining the causes of and taking preventive measures for medical accidents (malpractices) systematically and structurally has become an urgent matter in recent years. Experts in health information management and hospital management are expected to be key persons in constructing a medical safety system in the hospital. The serious medical malpractice emerged in the United Kingdom in 1995 led to the establishment of the Clinical Governance, which is based on a systematic approach to medical business and management, and has been gradually adapted all over the world.

Main components of clinical governance are:

  1. Evidence Based Medicine
  2. Clinical Guideline (e.g. critical path)
  3. Clinical Audit
  4. Clinical Indicators
  5. Patient Safety

Our graduate course will focus on mastering the body of knowledge required for a systematic implementation of these components.

An approach to medical insurance system

Since the introduction of a new medical insurance system, DPC (Diagnosis Procedure Combination) system (Note 1), in 2003, the work of Health Information Manager has become essential for the smooth operation of the system. Thus, mastering the knowledge and skills is highly required and it can be achieved through:

  1. Better understanding on ICD10 (the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems). ICD10 was endorsed by the Forty-third World Health Assembly in May 1990 and came into use in WHO Member States since 1994.
    ICD10 is the standard diagnostic tool for epidemiology, health management and clinical purposes. This includes the analysis of the general health situation of population groups. It is used to monitor the incidence and prevalence of diseases and other health problems.
    ICD10 is adopted to DPC system as the global standard tool of diagnosis.
  2. Thorough knowledge of Medical Information Technology and the Medical Insurance System in Japan
  3. Thorough knowledge of compliance issues for healthcare providers
  4. Advanced skills of Medical Clerk for supporting doctors' daily examination and research activities as well as health information management skills

Note1: The Diagnosis Procedure Combination (DPC) system is a case-mix system. The DPC is composed of 18 Major Diagnosis Categories (MDCs), 520 diagnostic groups and 2,658 case-mix groups as of 2012.

Approach to advanced and increased hospital administrative work

As doctors' administrative work advances and increases, our graduate school will foster Information Technology specialists and improve their systematic skills in order to maintain and improve the quality of medical services and guarantee patient safety.

Approach to the aging society

With the acceleration of aging population, there is rapid growth in demand for outstanding professionals with thorough knowledge of medical care, welfare services and information technology. Our graduate school will educate and train specialists in constructing a system that integrates health, medical and welfare services for aging population.

Changing social conditions and system reforms

Social conditions and systems surrounding hospitals and welfare facilities are changing for super aging society. Our aim is to foster professionals with technical and comprehensive knowledge and skills of collaborating across health, medical and welfare services. It is hoped that they can contribute to the development and maintenance of the local community system.

Approach to regional characteristics

We can use the DPC system implementation rate as a standard indicator for the introduction of Information Technology in hospital treatment. We can also use doctor's clerk incentives as a standard indicator for the reduction in hospital doctor's administrative work. The differences are substantial and remarkably unbalanced among hospitals located in the areas near our university. Our aim is to foster personnel who can assist both health service providers and patients at improving hospital medical services.

Master's Degree

Master of Health Informatics and Business Administration (M.H.I. & B.A.)