PHC Makes Investment in KAKEHASHI

December 18, 2019
PHC Corporation

TOKYO, December 18, 2019 - PHC Corporation (headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo, President: Shoji Miyazaki, hereafter PHC) today announced it was taking a stake in KAKEHASHI Inc. (headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Yutaka Nakao, hereafter Kakehashi), based on a share purchase agreement with the company.

Kakehashi developed Musubi, a next-generation electronic medication history system and conducts sales for this product in Japan. It is capable of automatically generating ideal medication adherence instructions that have been analyzed from varied information such as patient diseases, medications, lifestyles and other individual profiles, and the instruction is saved to the system as medication history. PHC signed a sales partnership agreement on October 9 for Kakehashi to sell PHC’s healthcare IT solution Pharnes and for the two companies to enhance system linkage between Pharnes and Musubi. This will promote the workflow improvement at pharmacies in Japan.

PHC is a global healthcare company offering products and services in diagnostics including diabetes, life sciences, and healthcare IT. Based on the mid-to-long-term partnership with Kakehashi through this investment, PHC will expedite discussion for developing the next-generation pharmacy system combining the knowhow and technologies of the two companies, while further enhancing Pharnes and Musubi linkage. PHC will work to realize a game-changing solution to provide appropriate medication adherence instructions for patients and further streamline pharmacist workflow. The investment will also become a catalyst for PHC for moving forward in building the next-generation healthcare platform, with open innovation through partnerships with other companies.

Takayuki Otsuka, member of the board and director of the Medical Information Systems (Medicom*) Division of PHC says, “Since launching Japan’s first medical-receipt computer in 1972, PHC has been the leading provider of medical IT products in the medical history information system field, using its accumulated experience and expertise. By strengthening our collaboration with Kakehashi specializing in medical application development, I believe we can respond faster to the needs of the health professionals and expand our product lineup to deliver better medical service for patients. Going forward, we will contribute to higher-quality medical care by providing easier-to-use digital solutions through new initiatives in partnering with other companies, including investments, and predicting medical environment and needs as a next-generation healthcare platformer.

Medicom*: PHC Healthcare IT business/products brand

About Medical Information Systems (Medicom) Division, PHC Corporation

Established in 1969, PHC Corporation is a subsidiary of PHC Holdings Corporation in Japan that develops, manufactures, sells, and services medical equipment and solutions across diabetes management, diagnostics, life sciences, and healthcare service businesses. Committed to its corporate mission, “We contribute to the health of society through our diligent efforts to create healthcare solutions that have a positive impact and improve the lives of people,” the company offers value-added products and services to customers in over 125 countries. Since developing and launching the first medical-receipt computer in 1972, the Medicom Division has been contributing to improving Japan’s medical services for patients and work efficiency for healthcare professionals by providing electronic medical record systems and other healthcare IT products and services under the Medicom brand. (Japanese website)


Established in 2016, KAKEHASHI Inc. develops software to enhance medication adherence instructions and create patient medication history for pharmacies with its electronic medical history system Musubi and also provides pharmacy support services. Aiming to establish the platform for sufficient and high-class medical care of Japan, KAKEHASHI’s comprehensive grasp of issues at medical sites and innovative development of medical systems with cutting-edge technology enables it to play a role in shaping the future for better medical care in Japan, working closely with healthcare professionals within and without the company. (Japanese website)

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