- From the preface in recent annual report
The Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine Database Preparation Committee, the predecessor of the Japanese Intensive Care Patient Database (JIPAD) Working Group, was established in 2011. This year marks its 10th anniversary. After 4 years of preparation and a pilot study, our first annual report, JIPAD Annual Report 2015 with only 12 participating facilities, was published in March 2017. Today, we are pleased to announce and share with you the completion of our fifth annual report, JIPAD Annual Report 2019, with 57 participating facilities. This is a comprehensive summary of patients who were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) from April 2019 to March 2020 and were followed up until September 2020. JIPAD would not have grown to this level without the generous cooperation of many institutions that have steadily entered data and the members of the JIPAD Working Group who have devoted many hours to data analysis and annual reporting without any compensation. I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you for your cooperation. It is expected that the number of participating institutions in the next Annual Report will exceed 70, and we look forward to further developments. We will continue to work on ways to make participation easier. Preparation of quality indicators for ICUs by the ICU Functional Assessment Committee, the parent committee of JIPAD, is also progressing smoothly, and the importance of JIPAD data is increasing. The Japanese version of the Risk of Death (Japanese Risk of Death), which we have reported last year, has finally been completed and recently accepted as a research paper, which will be presented to you soon. The long-awaited day of unveiling has finally arrived. We have received 20 applications for the use of data from the participating institutions, of which 14 were approved. The data are expected to be published in succession. Presently, we have received reports of four conference presentations and two English papers.
However, we are sorry to announce that Datathon Japan, which we have been supporting since 2018, did not push through in 2020. Nevertheless, two teams from Japan participated in the online Datathon held at the University of Singapore in December 2020. We look forward to your participation again when the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
In January 2021, the Japan Intensive Care Collaboration Network (ICON), a non-profit organization, was approved by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to promote information and communication technologies in the field of intensive care, including tele-ICU, and will be starting its activities. ICON is planning to conduct seminars on telemedicine and standardization of data required for tele-ICU in cooperation with the Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine and will also extend a helping hand to this JIPAD project. As it will be difficult to maintain JIPAD with committee activities alone, given the large number of participating facilities, we believe that ICON’s cooperation is essential. We ask for your support for not only the Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine, ICU Functional Assessment Committee, and JIPAD Working Group but also ICON.
Satoru Hashimoto MD
The Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine
Chair of the JIPAD Working Group December 28, 2021