DOCTORS Co., Ltd., (head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Takao Yanagawa; hereinafter referred to as “DOCTORS”), which provides one-stop services for the development, support, sales, and distribution of digital healthcare services and support for medical cooperation telemedicine, hereby announce that it will begin the operation of beds for COVID-19 patients classified as moderate illness I with which it was entrusted by the Osaka prefectural government.

Figure: Operational framework for the Osaka Large-scale Center for Coronavirus Treatment and Recovery


DOCTORS has promptly provided its service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which could be said to be an unprecedented national crisis, under the contract with the Osaka prefectural government since fiscal year 2021 to cope with a wide range of requests from treatment for patients who are recuperating in hotels and at home (including telemedicine and house calls) to the operation of a 24-hour call center to support COVID-19 patients. Furthermore, since September 2021, DOCTORS has provided a comprehensive medical support service consisting of the provision of a medical team, IT system, and medical operation, including the operation of Japan’s first private-sector antibody cocktail therapy center.


The medical care provision system was tight across Japan during the fifth wave of COVID-19 infections. In Osaka Prefecture, the daily number of infected people exceeded 3,000, which resulted in a relative shortage of recovery accommodation facilities for people without symptoms or with mild cases, as well as a shortage of beds. The Large-Scale Center for Coronavirus Treatment and Recovery at Intex Osaka (Osaka City), with which DOCTORS is now entrusted, will function as a temporary site for receiving patients in a situation where the hospitalization of those patients is difficult, which happens in association with the sharp rise in COVID-19 infections. In order to build an equal, high-quality medical care provision system, we will operate the center with a fully implemented system and welcome Prof. Satoshi Kutsuna, Department of Infection Control, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, as the supervisor.


Currently, it is difficult to secure healthcare professionals from diverse backgrounds quickly and continuously to establish medical treatment systems for COVID-19. We, DOCTORS, are responding to this unprecedented situation by making full use of our original medical network of expert doctors and others, as well as Doctors Station™, our online medical care support platform so that we can be as helpful as possible for not only patients infected with COVID-19 but also healthcare professionals who are engaged in medical practice at the forefront of community medicine and those who work in local governments and administrative agencies, such as public health centers.


Doctors Station™ can provide all solutions to building a medical support system. It is a service to build and operate an optimal operation system with a medical care team that includes doctors and nurses who provide medical care online and in clinical settings based on the provision of an IT system that conforms to medical security and compliance, according to a variety of requests ranging from telemedicine, online medical consultations, and online medical interviews to PCR testing services of as high quality as that of medical institutions (available for individuals, companies, and organizations) as well as to an online pre-vaccination screening system for the COVID-19 vaccine. The Large-Scale Center for Coronavirus Treatment and Recovery will now utilize Doctors Station™ for its operation and will be run in collaboration with the Osaka prefectural government and Osaka University Hospital. Hands-on training, also served as a private viewing of the facility, is scheduled to be held in Intex Osaka in the near future.

Figure: About the Phase II maintenance of the Osaka Large-Scale Center for Coronavirus Treatment and Recovery


DOCTORS will continue to contribute significantly to the forefront of COVID-19 by building a clinical medical system and by achieving seamless support for online medical care.

《Referred URL》 Regular press conference on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, by Hirofumi Yoshimura, Governor of Osaka Prefecture