Healthcare Economics and Quality Management


Yuichi Imanaka, MD, DrMedSc., PhD., MPH., Professor btn

The mission of the Department is to contribute to the improvement of the quality, efficiency and equity of health systems by means of research, development, education and professional practice. To solve problems of quality and cost in health and long-term care in the super-aging society, the Department applies multi- and inter-disciplinary fields of quantitative and qualitative sciences and technologies.

Research and Education

Quality, Efficiency and Equity of Health and Long-term Care in the Super-Aging Society
  1. Measurement, Evaluation and Improvement
  2. Organizational Management
  3. Policy and System Analysis and Redesign
  4. Change Mechanism through Visualization, Sharing & Networking
  5. Database (“Big Data”)& Analytics for Health & Long-term Care
Research and Human Resource Development Policy:

The human resource development activities of the Department aim to nurture highly professional leaders in this emerging field of healthcare quality, economics, management and policy.  The Department emphasizes the interaction of research with real-world systems and policies.  One of the goals in view is to produce research and development outputs for resource- and quality-based, susutainable healthcare financing system.

Examples of tools and soft technology developed here and widely used are healthcare quality indicators, regional performance variation mapping in health and long-term care, casemix classification and severity adjustment methodology, quality and safety management system standards, cost and risk management system. This productive research team can be regarded as internationally renowned in the area of health care quality, economics, policy and management.

Targets include: cardiovascular, cerebrovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, emergency care, intensive care, palliative care, dementia, long-term care / safety, cost, risk management/ manpower and resource planning, regional system approach, reimbursement & financial systems, etc.

Welcome !

Medical/Health Professionals, Researchers, Administrators, Analytics / Informatics Experts are welcome, who have an strong interest in any of the above.

Recent Publications

  1. Lin H, Otsubo T, Imanaka Y. The effects of dementia and long-term care services on the deterioration of care-needs levels of the elderly in Japan. Medicine 2015;94(7):e525.
  2. Kobayashi D, Otsubo T, Imanaka Y. The effect of centralization of health care services on travel time and its equality. Health Policy 2015;119(3):298-306.
  3. Ukawa N, Tanaka M, Morishima T, Imanaka Y. Organizational culture affecting quality of care: guideline adherence in perioperative antibiotic use. International Journal for Quality in Health Care 2015 Feb;27(1):37-45.
  4. Sasaki N, Kunisawa S, Otsubo T, Ikai H, Fushimi K, Yasumura Y, Kimura T, Imanaka Y. The relationship between the number of cardiologists and clinical practice patterns in acute heart failure ― A cross-sectional observational study. BMJ Open 2014;4(12):e005988.
  5. Goto E, Lee J, Sasaki N, Imanaka Y. Factors affecting regional variations in hospitalization expenditures of elderly residents in Japan. Journal of Public Health 2014;22(4):361-370.

Healthcare Economics and Quality Management

Professor and Head: Yuichi Imanaka, MD, DrMedSc, PhD, MPH
Senior Lecturer: Noriko Sasaki, MD, PhD
Senior Lecturer: Susumu Kunisawa, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor : Tetsuya Otsubo, MEng, PhD
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