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Customer Activity Cycle

in the case of
the Medical Corporation Jin-i Association Ueda Eye Clinic
(Aichi, JAPAN)

Yoshihito NAKAYAMA
the Medical Corporation Jin-i Association

• Established in 1975
(Jin-i = benevolence)
• Specified in Eye clinic (ophthalmological
• General eye diseases
(e.g. trichiasis, epidemic ophthalmia,
glaucoma, cataract)
• Community medicine
• Strength = Cataract day operation:
main patients => the aged

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Traditional Business Model/Environment
• Sustainable National Health care system
=> For patients: high quality medicine with low costs
(universal health-insurance coverage)
=> For hospitals/clinics: high economic returns
guaranteed by the national health care system
• Doctors-patients unbalanced power: An asymmetric
medical knowledge or information

(waiting for patients, then diagnose and prescribe, little
necessity to introduce management theory or business
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Socio-economical Environment
• An aging society: a society with an aging population (long
life expectancy) due to a low birth rate
[life expectancy (2007) F: 85.99, M:79.19, birthrate (2007):
• Highly advanced medical technology
=> increased national health care costs
• Financial crisis (reducing medical/national health care
• Reforming national medical/health care system
• High demands toward quality of medicine/health care
among people
• Hard working environments for medical staff
=> leaving work places => shortage of staff => medical crisis
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Patient/Customer Problems
• Lack of ownership toward own health
• Insufficient access to knowledge, concrete
action for managing and promoting health care
• Doctors tend to see not patients but diseases
* Eye clinic (ophthalmologist)
= medical specialist => lack of holistic approach
• Lack of liaison to express their needs,
satisfaction and claims
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Demanded New Business Model
communication, medical treatment, health care,
consultation, information provision

• More patient-centred or customer-focused

• Holistic healthcare approach (medical collaboration)
• Constructing Market Spaces from …
Now: Existing (diagnose and prescribe)
=> Emerging (predict, prevent)
=> Imagined (prolong, preserve)
• Extending Customer Activity Cycle (pre, during, post)
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Market Spaces
Wellbeing Promotion
Imagined Main target: the youth,
schoolchildren & who may
never get eye diseases
Eye Care Management
Main target: the middle aged

Eye Disease Management
Main target: the aged

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Customer Activity Cycle
1. Existing
Eye Disease Management => the aged
Pre Consult with family, friends etc. about eye problems
Gather information about eye clinics

During Communicate with receptionists

Fill in disease history interviewed by nurses
Take ophthalmological examinations
Communicate with, diagnosed and prescribed by a doctor
Pay at a reception
Post •Undergo treatment
•Measure results
•Attend the clinic
•Feel difference of eye conditions (before and after)
•Feedback/review satisfaction/claim to the clinic, other medical/public
organisations, website
•Look for second opinions
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Customer Activity Cycle
2. Emerging
Eye Care Management => the middle aged
Pre Realise warning signals in the dairy life or for example, through regular
medical check-up
Look for information (books, internet etc.)about causes
Consult with family, friends etc.
Contact to hospitals/clinics
During Visit the clinic or website homepage
Fill in disease history interviewed by nurses or on the website
Visit ophthalmological examinations to know more details about the current
eye status
Learn preventive care by the clinic visit or website
Purchase preventive medicine or any other necessary eye care tools
Pay at a reception or on the website
Post •Undergo preventive care
•Measure results
•Attend the clinic or visit the website for the feedback/review
•Update knowledge (education & seminar)
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Customer Activity Cycle
3. Imagined
Wellbeing Promotion
=> the youth, schoolchildren & disease-free people
Pre Realise the current health status (not only eye)
Discuss with family, friends etc.
During Self-Learning about common (eye) diseases, especially relating to aging
by books/website
Attend seminars/lectures
Set own health promotion targets
Make action plan for health promotion
Join community network (e.g. sports/healthy food club activities)
Join virtual health promotion and wellbeing networks (e.g. SNS: Social
Network Service)
Use health management/promotion game software (e.g. Wii Fit)
Post •Measure results
•Update knowledge

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Analysis for Next Steps
- Action List, Gaps, Alliance, Operation -
Action List 1. Building:
screening system of predisposed people;
Online system for eye care management and self health promotion;
Preventive activity result measurement tools;
Knowledge management system (for updating).
2. Setting up, being there and assisting:
•Actual/virtual community for health care and promotion;
•Target setting;
•Assessing results of health care and promotion activities.
Gaps Insufficient research, ICT , consulting and promoting customer service capacity

Alliance •Government (Ministry of Health and Welfare)

•Health care research institutions or other medical organisations (e.g. General
Practitioner) in the area
•IT system development firm
•Game software firm
Operation •Online doctor (consultation, second opinions)
•Online education and information centre
•Health care/promotion community
3/2/2009 •Communication centre for patients and their family (marketing, satisfaction/claim)
Thank you
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