Fujitsu Limited and Arkray, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a collaboration to jointly develop a new support service for diabetics that links a blood glucose meter to a mobile phone. The new diabetes support service, called "Karada Life: Diabetes Support" - "karada" is the Japanese word for "body" - will be offered through Fujitsu. Up until now, diabetics had to rely on hand-written tracking for self-management of their disease, but this new service will make it easier to carry out these responsibilities that are essential to diabetes care, by performing functions such as automatically recording blood glucose levels. The service is expected to be launched at the end of June 2011.
In conjunction with the launch of the new service, Fujitsu's health and wellness services that utilize mobile phones and PCs, which had been named "Shintai Sokobo" - meaning "body sculpting studio" - are now being renamed "Karada Life," as Fujitsu ultimately aims to provide services to meet a full range of healthcare needs ranging from disease prevention and health promotion to disease management support.
There are approximately 8.9 million diabetics in Japan(1), and that number is expected to increase. Accordingly, awareness about diabetes is increasing every year, and progress is continually expanding on patient care programs for both diabetes and prediabetes patients.
The collaboration between Fujitsu and Akray brings together Fujitsu's strengths in information and communications technology products and systems, including its cloud-based value-added services, with Arkray's strengths in blood glucose monitoring systems. By delivering new support services to diabetes patients to meet a wide range of needs and thereby improve the quality of life of patients, the collaboration will help patients pursue healthy and rewarding lifestyles.
The service would enable diabetes patients to record their blood glucose levels every day, store records of their diet and exercise on a server, and manage this data in an integrated way through their mobile phones, making it easier for patients to carry out the self-management responsibilities that are essential to diabetes care.
Fujitsu's health and wellness services that utilize mobile phones and PCs, which had been named "Shintai Sokobo," promoted the idea of helping users to "design your ideal body." Under its new name, "Karada Life," Fujitsu's health services are now positioned to "help each person pursue a healthy and rewarding lifestyle."
Simply by connecting the mobile phone to the blood glucose meter using a special cable, blood glucose levels recorded by the meter will automatically be stored in the mobile phone. In addition, data from the mobile phone's built-in pedometer are also automatically recorded, and the mobile phone makes it easy to manage other health-related data, such as diet, weight, blood pressure, and visits to the doctor.
Users can see the daily progress in the improvements in their lives on their PC screens as well as their mobile phones. In addition, users can print a PDF file of trends in their recorded blood glucose levels and the status of their insulin injections, enabling tracking on a daily basis.
Users can e-mail their blood glucose results and other health-related data to family members or whomever else they designate, enabling family members to assist with daily management of the disease and its treatment.
|Service Name||User Fee||Service Launch Date|
|Karada Life: Diabetes Support||525 JPY per month (expected)*||End of June 2011 (scheduled)|
* Free trial planned through the end of September 2011
Raku-Raku Phone Basic 3 (F-08C), Raku-Raku Phone 7 (F-09B), Raku-Raku Phone 6 (F-10A), Raku-Raku Phone V (F884iES), and Raku-Raku Premium (F884i)
Since its establishment in 1960, Arkray has been actively involved in the health sciences business. As a pioneer in diabetes testing, the company has continuously pursued research and development in the field. For example, in 1970 the company was among the first in the world to develop a portable blood glucose analyzer. In 1981, it developed the world's first automatic glycol-hemoglobin analyzer. In addition to clinical testing devices and medical products for in vitro diagnostics, Arkray has expanded into a variety of new business fields, including materials for functional foods and the field of preventative medicine. The company is now aiming to help people around the world pursue healthy lifestyles through the widespread provision of patient support services using health monitoring data.
Shintai Sokobo is the health service using mobile phones and PCs that Fujitsu launched in August 2010. The service enables users to easily manage their daily health by using a network to record information they input using PCs or from sensors in their mobile phones about their daily activities or changes in the condition of their bodies, in a dedicated server.
 Approximately 8.9 million diabetics in Japan
From "People Strongly Suspected of Having Diabetes," in the 2007 National Health and Nutrition Survey, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. If prediabetes patients are included, the number rises to 22.1 million.
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$55 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com
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Date: 16 May, 2011
City: Tokyo and Kyoto
Company: Arkray, Inc.
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