Volume 55, Number 4, October-December 2020
|Page(s)||291 - 295|
|Published online||20 January 2021|
Implementing eHealth with radiation records: a new support package for evacuees returning to areas around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station
Fukushima Medical University (FMU),
2 Iryo Sosei University (ISU), Iwaki, Japan
3 National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST), Chiba, Japan
4 Futaba Medical Centre (FMC), Futaba, Japan
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 20 November 2020
Following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station (FDNPS) accident, numerous initiatives emerged to address the needs of evacuees, including those eligible to return home. These came from multiple channels, timely in many cases, but in retrospect, needing better coordination. By embracing eHealth, we are attempting to coordinate efforts in Fukushima intended to link returnees with health information and care providers, not only for radiological protection in particular, but also for health promotion in general. We aim to establish a comprehensive support system for residents in municipalities around the FDNPS by developing a digital application for interactive communication regarding radiation and health promotion and to link the tool to other resources provided by local health care providers and radiation specialists. This paper explains the progress of our innovative trial to introducing eHealth in areas affected by the FDNPS accident. Based on international recommendations for developing a digital tool in response to a nuclear accident, we designed a comprehensive support package including development and implementation of the application, data management, and health counselling and ethical considerations arising from such outreach. Our trial of connecting disaster-affected citizens to health services using informatics could serve as a model eHealth program for long-term restoration after a nuclear accident.
Key words: eHealth / evacuees / Fukushima nuclear accident / health promotion / radiation protection
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences 2021
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