In 1972 Hitachi Medical Corp., in collaboration with the then Instruments Division of Hitachi, Ltd. and others, completed an automated medical examination system as part of the Hitachi Medical System Automation Planning (HIMESAP) project of Hitachi General Hospital, a hospital owned and operated by Hitachi, Ltd.
At the time this was Japan’s first on-line system that, by reducing the amount of time required for each test, enabled patients to be examined and receive a physician’s guidance based on a full set of test results, all in a single day.
The automated medical examination system attracted a constant stream of interested observers from Japan and overseas, and it thus functioned as a real-life demonstration. From 1973 onward Hitachi Medical was in charge of domestic sales of automated analysis machines. They achieved an impressive record of orders for 400/500 and 706/706D series machines from large hospitals and clinical research centers throughout Japan, continuing to maintain the top domestic market share in this product category.