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Database Center of the National University Hospitals

Database Center of the National University Hospitals(DBC) was established to collect and analyze data for maintaining and improving the quality of medical care, research and education at national university hospitals. The objective of the DBC is to contribute to the improvement of the clinical activity, research activity, and administrative management of the national university hospitals.


The DBC is responsible for collecting and analyzing a wide variety of data such as medical care, financial, and organizational data related to National University Hospitals and makes feedbacks to the hospitals. The DBC also provides the necessary numerical background and evidence of policy proposals. These activities are supervised by the Database Management Committee established under the National University Hospital Council of Japan.


The DBC consists of a director, a deputy director, an assistant professor, an administrative manager, research staffs and system engineers. In addition, researchers in health policy, health management, health informatics and relevant fields also cooperate with DBC staffs. To achieve the objectives of the DBC, the DBC closely cooperates with DBC Steering Committee, Database Management Committee and various project teams under the National University Hospital Council of Japan..

Major activities

1. Collection, analysis and feedback of the following data.
i. Hospital data such as the number of patients, and the number of staff.
ii. Financial data.
iii. Data on the functions of national university hospitals.
iv. Data on nursing, pharmaceutical and surgical departments.
v. DPC(Diagnosis Procedure Combination) data.
2. Analysis of DPC data of the national university hospitals.
3. Provision of information on policy proposals and relevant issues to the National University Hospital Counci.
4. Construction, operation, and management (security and other issues) of thedatabases.
5. Holding of the study session.
6. Preparation of annual report.

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