Founding Principles

According to the Institute of Medicine in the United States report "To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System" released in 1999, at least 44,000 people, and perhaps as many as 98,000 people, die in hospitals as a result of preventable medical errors. The costs associated with these errors is estimated to reach between "$17 billion and $29 billion per year" in the United States. In Japan, concern for medical safety increased and a number of policies have been put in place to ensure patient safety as a result of serious cases of medical malpractice which occurred in the same year. As an example, health care providers became required by law to establish health care safety administration departments and appoint health care safety administrators, medical devices safety managers, and pharmaceutical products safety administrators. Even so, organizational education and training systems for these had yet to be established.

Graduate School of Health Care Sciences, Jikei Institute was established to educate professionals based on the Jikei Group of Colleges’educational philosophy of cultivating students with a high level of expertise and practical professional skills as well as a well-rounded character and skills recognized by the international community. The goal of the school is to foster students with superior practical skills and research skills for health care safety administration, and hospital or institutional administrative management for the career of health care safety administration. The school has established a system of education and research in the area of health care safety administration and educates professionals with the leadership skills to build this system.