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 - Clinical Medicine (Core Departments) - Medical Informatics
Medical Informatics
Medical informatics is an academic discipline seeking new informatics knowledge and technology that supports medical effectiveness and efficacy.

Medical informatics is growing academic discipline that approaches any academic topics of medicine including basic, clinical and community medicine and topics across their boundaries via technology and knowledge of information science.
We are expecting for prospective colleague with full of curiosity, concentration, and, most of all, flexibility to enjoy any academic activities.

  Hiroyuki Yoshihara, M.D., Ph.D.
Research and Education
1) Planning and designing toward the community healthcare alliance. (fig.1)
According the arrival of aging society and new medical technology, total health care expenditure is increasing rapidly in these days. These change result in the rationing of total health care expenditure in national budget. They also result in increasing social pressure toward quality healthcare and efficacy. Such change of environment requires alliance in community to provide appropriate healthcare services without wasting resources. Medical informatics division, collaborating with Kyoto-fu Medical Association, healthcare organizations in the Kyoto Prefecture, Government of Kyoto Prefecture and Kyoto city etc., is planning and designing toward the establishment of community healthcare alliance consortium “MAIKO-net”.

2) Research and Development of Tele-health environment (fig.2)
Medical Informatics division is developing an integrated information assistance environment “Surgical Cockpit System” that aim at robotic tele-healthcare in future and its technological infrastructure including application level integrated QoS controlled communication technology.

3) Research and Development of Surgery Simulator (fig.3)
To meet the controversies to training high-tech medicine and requirement toward patient safety, innovative educational method to train highly technical surgical operation combining conventional educational method that is conducted on the job training and new information technology is required. Medical informatics division, applying Virtual Reality technology, developed Surgery Simulator that enables surgeons to train the surgical operations under the vision and sense of touch as if the computer generated virtual patient is real.

4) Knowledge Extraction from Practical Data in Medicine(fig.4)
We think that the widespread use of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) gives vast reusable knowledge. However, the study of knowledge extraction from EMR data is on a learning curve to use it as evidence. If we extract reusable knowledge of medicine, it is necessary to benefit from knowledge processing, cognitive science and natural language processing, in addition to medical knowledge. We study medical extraction knowledge from various practical data of hospitals, World Wide Web, medical text and so on.

Medical Informatics
Professor Hiroyuki Yoshihara

Tomohiro Kuroda

Tadamasa Takemura

Naoto Kume
AssistantProfessor:Kazuya Okamoto
TEL +81-75-751-3646
FAX +81-75-751-3076
Data Centers for accumulating clinical information are established in each region. Using these centers, clinical information is shared
by clinics and hospitals. Every patient also can refer his/her data.
Surgical Cockpit System
Virtual Reality based surgical planning and training simmulater
Radiological document retrieval system using annotation information of schema.
Recent Publications
1. JING-SONG LI, TIAN-SHU ZHOU, JIAN CHU, KENJI ARAKI and HIROYUKI YOSHIHARA: Design and Development of an International Clinical Data Exchange System: The International Layer Function of the Dolphin Project, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : 18(5):683-9 (2011)
2. Yoshiaki Nakagawa, Tadamasa Takemura, Hiroyuki Yoshihara and Yoshinobu Nakagawa: A New Accounting System for Financial Balance Based on Personnel Cost after the Introduction of a DPC/DRG System, Journal of Medical Systems; 35: 251-264, 2009.8.27
3. T. Takemura, T. Kuroda, N. Kume, K. Okamoto, K. Hori, N. Ohboshi, N. Ashida, A. Alasalmi, O. Martikainen, H. Yoshihara: System Value Analysis of Multipoint Distribution of Realtime Locating System (RTLS) in Hospital. Journal of eHealth Technology and Application 6(2):124-127 (2008)
4. Tadamasa Takemura, Kazuya Okamoto, Tomohiro Kuroda, Nobuyuki Ashida Hiroyuki Yoshihara, “Automatic Extraction of Domain Specific Terms using World Wide Web Knowledge in Medicine”, Journal of eHealth Technology and Application, 5(2), pp150-154, 2007
5. T. Kuroda, T. Kaga, H. Azuma, M. Yagi, Y. Kuroda, M. Imura, O. Oshiro, K. Takada: Method to Develop Pseudo Three-Dimensional Dental Image from Dental Panoramic Radiograph. Journal of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering 31(2):59-70 (2011)