IT service Radar Healthcare has examined the state of healthcare in the 33 most developed countries. Its findings show that Japan delivers the best healthcare service, followed by Germany and Australia. The UK and Switzerland came 7th with the USA in 13th place.
Read Radar Healthcare’s Healthcare Mapped report here.
Healthcare technology in Japan
According to Chloe Weatherhead, Head of Customer Experience at Radar Healthcare, there are numerous factors that have an impact on the efficiency of healthcare systems across the world, including financial and humanitarian crises, high population density and low salaries.
The steps taken in healthcare related technology innovation have had a hugely positive impact on quality of care and this has improved the outcome for patients.
“Learning and taking inspiration from impressive international healthcare systems, such as those found in Japan, could certainly be a wise move for those wary of embracing ever-evolving technological advancements,” said Weatherhead. “Ultimately, the best way to tackle the ongoing challenges healthcare systems around the globe continue to face is to drive improvements by learning from one another.”
Although Japan saw a tragic increase in suicides over the pandemic, the country has utilised technology to help every part of its society.
As reported in Healthcare Digital, Japan was one of the first countries to use drone technology to deliver medical supplies to patients in remote regions and islands.
Japan encourages youth to drink alcohol
In a somewhat bizarre healthcare twist, the Japanese government is encouraging its youth to drink more alcohol.
As in most countries, alcohol is taxed heavily in Japan. But as the younger generation drink less sake, whiskey, beer and wine than their elders, Japan’s tax system is in trouble.
The national tax agency has created a competition "Sake Viva!" to get young Japanese people drinking again.
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