Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.

Wellness

The goal is to realize a society where everyone can enjoy a vibrant and healthy life.

Sub-themes

At the Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future, we believe that the following 4 changes will have a significant impact in resolving societal problems in the area of Wellness.

Innovations for individual disease prevention and health management

Social problem

  • Healthy life expectancy limited by lifestyle-related diseases

    Lifestyle-related diseases in Japan cause 60% of all deaths and 30% of all medical costs. As the aging of the population progresses, these medical costs will increase further.

Issues to be tackled

  • To maintain and promote health through recognizing predictive signs and by prevention

Examples of innovation

  • Awareness of risks associated with lifestyle-related diseases
    - Health monitoring devices that are affordable and user friendly
    - Early detection service of lifestyle-related diseases utilizing brain technologies
    - Evaluation with DNA tests for risk of developing lifestyle-related diseases
  • Prevention system independent of one’s area of residence
    - Mobile-based personalized counseling services New service that taps into a network of doctors and nurses on leave
    - A system that monitors employee health conditions and automatically dispenses personalized advice
  • Prevention and treatment for lifestyle-related diseases
    - Fully automated tooth brush to prevent periodontal diseases
    - Rehabilitation for cerebral infarction patients assisted by brain technology
    - Highly effective pharmaceuticals designed with quantum computers
    - Stem cell treatment for lifestyle-related diseases

Innovations to close gaps between supply and demand in medical and nursing care

Social problem

  • Insufficient access to medical and nursing services

    - Providing high quality medical and nursing services is becoming difficult in Japan for three major reasons. (1) rapid rise in the number of seniors, (2) uneven geographical distribution of medical doctors, clinical nurses and caretakers and (3) the deterioration of working environments.

    - Globally 5.6 million children under the age of five died in 2016. More than half could have been saved with simple care, treatment or nutrition support (from preterm birth complications, diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, etc.). If all countries had achieved a mortality rate as low as the average for high income countries, then 87% or 5 million deaths of children under five could have been avoided.

Issues to be tackled

  • Providing high quality medical and nursing services in every location

Examples of innovation

  • System that improves the quality of care and productivity
    - Smart house for collecting and consolidating daily health data to be provided to the primary care physician
    - Match patients and their needs to doctors through a system of remote diagnosis
  • Promote efficiency in clinical and nursing operations
    - Utilize ICT and nursing care robots for efficient record keeping and easier workloads for nurses and caretakers
    - Information network of clinical and nursing facilities in the region
  • Better care for newborn babies
    - Newborn care network and inexpensive infant incubators supported by ICT and mobile phones
    - A business model to supply clean water, nutrition and antibiotics to developing countries

Innovations to supplement and strengthen functioning among the elderly and disabled

Social problem

  • Rising number of seniors with difficulty living unassisted

    - The proportion of seniors who can enjoy non-assisted living is about 80% for those in their mid-seventies, but drops to 10% for those in their late eighties. We currently lack the means to deal with this situation, and to help seniors maintain a high quality of life even in old age.

    - As the average life expectancy increases, the number of dementia patients grows. By 2030, dementia cases will grow by 160% to 8.3 million in Japan, and by 160% to 74.7 million in the world.

Issues to be tackled

  • Various measures to prevent dementia and assist the autonomy of seniors

Examples of innovation

  • Establish new methods to promote and support the non-assisted living of seniors
    - Utilize robotics to support daily activities
    - Provide an early warning system or service through the use of wearable devices
    - Space for activity enabled by virtual reality
    - Touch assistive service with sensing technology
    - Develop and distribute portable devices that enables inputs of electrical brain waves
    - Integrated living space (house and town) for seniors
  • Prevent dementia
    - A system for early detection and prevention of the development and progression of dementia enabled with ICT
  • Inhibit aging process
    - Controlling length of telomeres for healthy life expectancy

Innovations for prevention of infection

Social problem

  • Global expansion of infectious diseases

    - Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria and an estimated 216 million are currently infected. Infectious disease such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV continue to be threats in numerous countries.

    - Globalization accelerates the spread of infections. As the risk of wide-spread contagion increases, there are negative impacts on public health, society and the economy.

Issues to be tackled

  • Public health measures including prevention of infection

Examples of innovation

  • Prevention of spreading infection
    - A device to detect and screen infected passengers without a high fever (to be used at border control of airports)
    - A service that captures words such as “fever” and “cough” from posts to search engines and SNSs to perform early detection at specific regions, and to report to authorities concerned or local governments
    - Standardize and deploy nosocomial infection control techniques and processes overseas
  • Work for public health
    - A business model to promote and distribute vaccines and other prevention tools (mosquito nets, mosquito lasers)
    - Provision and reminders regarding the latest infection alerts through better use of ICT
    - Inexpensive and safe sanitation facilities and toilets

Past Winners

  • 2018 “Wellness” Grand Award
    Providing support through a network of intensivists

    T-ICU CO., LTD.

    T-ICU Co., LTD. (T-ICU) provides the intensive care units of medical facilities around the nation with 24/7 support through their network of intensivists, or physicians specializing in intensive care. T-ICU’s intensivists provide support based on medical data obtained at each patient’s site. The service enables high-level intensive care at any medical institution, thereby alleviating the burden on local physicians and nurses. T-ICU’s service has the potential to resolve the societal issue of a shortage and uneven distribution of intensivists.
    More [In Japanese]

  • 2018 Wellness Special Award
    ORPHE TRACK: gait-analyzing smart footwear

    no new folk studio Inc.

    The ORPHE TRACK is a wearable device attached to shoes that collects detailed walking data, recording and analyzing its wearer’s walking form. The device can also integrate with third-party services such as coaching, road safety, insurance, and medical services.
    More [In Japanese]

  • 2016 “Wellness” Grand Award
    Chrono Wellness: World’s first service to improve sleep through visualization of biological clock

    O: Co., Ltd.,

    Inspired by the biological clock of the human body, which closely relates to health and sleep, the company has developed a comprehensive insomnia treatment service incorporating “CBT” (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). The world’s first non-invasive wristwatch device provides visualizations of dysfunctions in the biological clock. An app incorporating CBT helps users to regulate their circadian rhythms, thereby improving the quality of their sleep and preventing insomnia. While a self-care approach, the service aims to provide a fundamental remedy for insomnia.
    More [In Japanese]

  • 2016 “Wellness” MRI Award
    Creation of Comfortable Environment for Health Maintenance - Countermeasures for air pollution and infectious diseases using plasma and electrostatic forces –

    Akira Mizuno (Professor of Toyohashi University of Technology)

    As a solution to air pollution and infection issues, Professor Mizuno proposed a solution that uses core technologies (plasma and static electricity) to create visualizations of fine particles, bacteria, and viruses to identify routes of infection, thereby providing comprehensive countermeasures for infections that ensure appropriate defense and attack against the targeted sources. Through the proposal, Mizuno aims to sell consumer products like masks to business-to-consumer (B to C) companies, and to provide solutions combining visualization, defense, and attack capabilities to business-to-business (B to B) companies (e.g. public transportation agencies, nursery schools, schools, care facilities, and hospitals).
    More [In Japanese]

Application Details

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Other-themes

The following themes will also be considered for this program:

Business proposals may also be submitted for multifaceted social issues that involve several focus areas.

Note: business proposals focusing only on infrastructure technologies (e.g. AI and blockchains) will not be accepted.