Business Activities

Activity in 2023

Basic Activity Policy

The JIRA Basic Activity Policy for FY2023 was formulated with the aim of realising the four visions in the JIRA Vision 2025.
JIRA activities in 2023 address the following as key priorities.

  • Contribution to the future of healthcare based on technological developments and the needs of the medical field.
    (e.g. expanding the application of diagnostic support technologies, building mechanisms to maintain and improve the post-market performance of artificial intelligence, etc.)
  • Creating an environment that promotes the development ambitions of member companies
    (e.g. ensuring predictability in insurance reimbursement, guidelines for interpreting regulations, etc.)
  • Support to member companies on common issues arising from the changing environment
    (e.g. component procurement, logistics, human resources development, etc.)

As for changes in the external environment from FY2022 to FY2023, JIRA pay attention to the gradual relaxation of various restrictions as a measure against the COVID-19 infection, the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the increase in cyber-attacks targeting medical institutions, and cost increases due to the weak yen and high global prices, and promote information sharing and collaboration with the members.
In addition, JIRA play the role of a hub connecting members, healthcare professionals, academic societies, the Japan Federation of Medical Devices Associations (JFMDA) and the government in order to resolve issues.

1. Achieve world-leading medical innovation ahead of societal change

In order to extend healthy life expectancy, which is a challenge for a super-aged society, it is important to provide,
-modalities and functions that support early diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment,
-linkage of medical information in a wide range of fields, including prevention, diagnosis and treatment
-technologies that analyze a wide variety and large volume of medical information and provide new perspectives,
-personalized medicine,
-linkage with new medical industry fields.

JIRA focus on the following activities.

  • To provide recommendations to government on the medical insurance system, the Medical Care Act, the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Act, etc.
  • Cooperation and awareness-raising activities of the JFMDA and other relevant organizations.
  • Expanding the base of the imaging and medical systems industry

2. Contribute to improving the quality of healthcare and expanding the medical device industry through the use of innovative digital technologies

Innovative digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, medical IoT, medical big data and next-generation communication technologies are beginning to contribute to improving the quality of healthcare and represent an opportunity to expand the medical imaging systems industry.

It is envisaged that the use of these technologies will usher in the construction of a new era for the medical imaging systems industry, including diagnostic imaging support, reduction of patient/doctor workload, linkage of new diagnosis and treatment, and increased efficiency in the medical field.

JIRA focus on the following activities

  • Developing an environment for greater social implementation of AI (Artificial Intelligence).
  • Developing legislation and environment for future forms of AI use.
  • Support for IT industry and medical ventures

3. Provide and contribute to Japan's excellent medical care and healthcare systems worldwide

For exporting medical imaging systems and services abroad, it is important to comply with regional standards and systems for medical equipment, to provide medical imaging systems that meet regional medical needs, and to collect various information on regional political, economic, environmental, social and technological trends.
JIRA focus on following activities.

  • Promotion of standardisation (ISO, IEC, JIS, JESRA, etc.) activities
  • Promotion of international harmonisation of regulations on medical devices
  • Gathering information on incentive policies in various countries and liaising with the government to mitigate

4. Provide safe, secure and stable healthcare by offering systems that adapt to changes in the social and natural environment

Japan's medical technology and medical equipment systems have contributed to the 'realisation of safe, secure and stable healthcare', but in recent years, adaptation to changes in the social environment, such as increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks and a shrinking workforce, and to changes in the natural environment, such as global warming, has become increasingly important

JIRA focus on the following activities

  • Awareness-raising on how to respond to risks that may hinder the healthcare environment (e.g. cyber-attacks, spread of infectious diseases, supply disruptions caused by sudden events, etc.).
  • Value propositions on equipment maintenance
  • Promoting the transition to energy-saving systems with low environmental impact, such as decarbonization

5. Enhancement of JIRA foundation activities

JIRA enhance the following activities as a basis for realizing the four visions.

  • Promoting awareness-raising activities on compliance
  • Increasing the value provided to JIRA members through effective use of remote/real
    -Organising webinars to boost innovation
    -Providing promotional opportunities that cannot be done by individual companies
    -Use T-con to expand the number of distant members and committee members
    -Video distribution of information and various seminars for members.
    -Increased presence, support and continuity for members of subcommittee and committee activities
  • Ongoing promotion of existing activities
    -Strengthening of public relations activities
    -Strengthening research and study activities
    -Expansion of the MRC accreditation system
    -Organisation of ongoing training in accordance with the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Act
    -Value-added improvements to ITEMs