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IT Strategies of Laboratory Medicine in Japan
*1-5 Masahiro Nishibori,, *1*2*5 Haku Ishida, *1*2*4 Mikio Mori, *1-3 Masayuki Kambe.
*1 Council on Laboratory Informatics of the Japan Society of Clinical Pathology, *2 Committee of Information and Publications of Japanese Association of Clinical Laboratory Physicians, *3 the Working Group of the Society of Clinical Laboratory Divisions of National University Hospitals for Utilization of UMIN, *4 Morphological Internet Survey Research Project Team of the Ministry of Science, Education, Sports and Culture of Japan, *5 Evidence Based Diagnosis Research Project Team of the Ministry of Science, Education, Sports and Culture of Japan
In Japan, IT (Information Technology) strategies of laboratory medicine are led by balanced collaboration of the academic society (*1), the association of specialists (*2) and the society of clinical laboratorie divisions of national university hospitals (*3). Scientific contents, e.g. abstracts of scientific journals, and contents concerned with the standardization, e.g. classification codes for clinical test items, are published at the home page of the Japan Society of Clinical Pathology (http://www.jscp.org/). Practical and educational contents are published at the home page of Japanese Association of Clinical Laboratory Physicians (http://www.jaclap.org/). Contents appropriate for the portal site, e.g. a directory service, are published at the home page maintained by the Society of Clinical Laboratory Divisions of National University Hospitals (http://clin-lab.umin.ac.jp/).
Because unforeseen security risks are inherent in the internet, experimental projects such as the on-line consultation and the electronic newspaper have been put to trial by the association of specialists, and then they will be put into practice at the home page of the academic society when the sufficient know-how for their stable running is established.
Besides, IT strategies applied to multi-institutional research collaboration on laboratory medicine have also obtained substantial results in Japan. One research group (*4) had published all of the processes and the results at its own home page (http://survey.umin.ac.jp/). Another research group (*5) has introduced not only a home page but also a mailing list for close discussion among the members.
Consequently, laboratory medicine in Japan is becoming one of the most successful medical fields in IT strategies.
[Acknowledgments] We are most grateful for generous dedications and great contributions of the members of every organizations and groups mentioned here.