Accenture Helps Fukuoka City Establish a Digitally Enabled Health Model to Help Aging Citizens Stay Healthy and Live Independently
Published on: 14th Jul 2017
Accenture (NYSE ACN) has helped Fukuoka City establish the strategic plan for "Fukuoka 100 Living Healthy for 100 Years" initiatives to support the health and long term care of its aging population.
Fukuoka's citizens are aging rapidly, with approximately one in four citizens expected to be at least 65 years old in 2025, with more than one in three to be at least 65 by 2040. Taking such rapid change into consideration, Fukuoka and Accenture have worked together to rethink the current health and welfare policies. Additionally, they are working to address seven strategic actions within the design of a sustainable health and long-term care model - combining advanced digital innovation with health, medical and welfare systems with the active participation of citizens to enable citizens to lead healthy and independent lives.
"Fukuoka 100 ~Living Healthy for 100-Years" Actions Overview
In addition, Accenture and Fukuoka have developed a city-wide plan for caring and communicating with patients who have dementia. The effort deployed pilot programs of "Humanitude®," a care method that emphasizes the use of eye contact, touch and verbal cues to convey respect for a patient. Working with Digital Sensation to deploy training for professionals widely in Fukuoka City, Accenture introduced the care method across five institutions (hospitals and nursing homes) and their staff. Having observed potential improvement in the patients' behavioral and psychological symptoms with little extra burden to the staff, Fukuoka will continue the pilot programs through this fiscal year and expand the number of participating institutions and training sessions.
"We are delighted to be able to play a role in Fukuoka City's important project that will define its future as an age-friendly city. Japan is aging faster than any other country in the world," said Hiroshi Goto, who leads Accenture H&PS in Japan. "I am confident that this project will set a leading example to other towns and cities facing challenges associated with aging populations and rising social security expenses. Accenture will help Fukuoka City's transformation by leveraging its experience and insights acquired from having helped numerous local governments and health-related companies around the world."
Takuya Nakamura, Executive Director of Advanced Health Promotion Strategy for Fukuoka City's Public Health & Welfare Bureau added, "Fukuoka City is actively addressing the challenges of aging communities by creating programs such as the 'Comprehensive Vision Regarding Seniors' Health and Welfare' and 'Comprehensive Plan on Health and Welfare.' 'Fukuoka 100' being an initiative for finding new solutions to such challenges, together with its citizens, corporate, and academia, we hope to make Fukuoka City a pioneering model for other major cities by delivering sustainable social system for its aging citizens and those in need."
Details of "Fukuoka 100 ~Living Healthy for 100-Years" are available at http://100.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/ (in Japanese only).
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