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Fast Focus : An All-In-One Patient Monitoring System

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Guus Oostveen, CEO, Fast FocusGuus Oostveen, CEO, Fast Focus The world is facing a situation without precedent; soon, the population of older people will be more than that of children. According to a recent WHO report, the number of people aged 60 years and older is rapidly outnumbering children younger than five years. And by 2050, 80 percent of older people will be living in low- and middle-income countries. Needless to say, this will lead all countries to start facing major challenges in equipping their health and social systems in order to make the most of this demographic shift.

Freeing Two Birds with One Key

There is no stretch in stating that every senior citizen would prefer care at home rather than an eldercare facility. However, the present state of the senior care system doesn’t paint a happy picture for both caregivers and the elderly population. While healthcare revenue is no longer capped by the number of people treated but driven by value-based, just-in-time delivery of services, there remains a gap in the timely delivery of such care. A key reason behind this is the low retention rate of existing caregivers, as personal and home care aides are the eighth-lowest paying jobs worldwide. Thus, caregivers require sophisticated tools that improve patients’ quality of life and allow them to deliver better care. To bridge this gap between the patients and caregivers, FastFocus offers a complete suite of wireless patient monitoring solutions. Its user-friendly alert systems adjust to patient’s individual needs, assisting caretakers in performing better and allowing senior patients to live a prosperous life in their homes.

In addition, there is a rising concern around insufficient care workforce to provide in-home care, leaving elders feeling even more vulnerable to their age-related health complications. In this challenging landscape, it is therefore becoming absolutely imperative for the current care system to keep up with the ongoing and future demands for remote healthcare, especially eldercare. Thankfully, for the older population, this may just be the right time for ageing. Today’s digital technologies have the opportunity to improve the quality of life and rightfully fulfil the needs of eldercare. The use of IoT, AI, and sensor technologies, in that regard, not only can manage an elderly’s therapeutic behaviour but also drive insights from the vital signs, and recognise and prepare for crises much ahead of time. At the vanguard of leveraging such innovative, modern technologies to develop sophisticated patient monitoring systems is the Netherlands-based healthcare tech company, FastFocus. The company’s roots go back to 1984 when they started as an internal research team of another renowned company, Agis Innovations, developing high-tech sensor technology for various markets.


The Company Is Zealous About Bringing Forth Practical Monitoring Solutions For Healthcare That Can Be Used More Efficiently, Sustainably, And Successfully

However, from 2013, FastFocus started operating independently and focused their efforts particularly around building innovative e-health solutions for the healthcare market. Today, under the leadership of Guus Oostveen, CEO of Agis Innovations and FastFocus, the company is zealous about bringing forth practical monitoring solutions for healthcare that can be used more efficiently, sustainably, and successfully.

Braving the COVID-19 Storm

Eldercare is but one of the many use cases for FastFocus’s robust, value-driven patient monitoring system. More recently, the company’s offering is looked upon as a boon for treating COVID-19 patients. How the company helped the Netherlands healthcare domain at the onset of the pandemic warrants a case study. At the time of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Netherlands, FastFocus was asked to supply sensors that allow remote monitoring of patients’ oxygen saturation and pulse rate. FastFocus was swift to configure their wireless monitoring system to measure oxygen saturation and pulse rate every five minutes and ear temperature every minute. This data was made available via a server, and could be accessed on a central monitor. Alongside, the company also set different alarms based on the trends of the measured vital signs.

One Solution, Many Benefits

Today, FastFocus is an enabler of many unmet remote care needs. Monitoring patients with diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma is one of them. For instance, COPD is one of the most common causes of hospitalisation and ranks sixth among diseases that cause the highest mortality in the Netherlands. WHO predicts that COPD will be the third-leading cause of death by 2030. COPD usually occurs in old age but sometimes, due to a hereditary disease, it can arise earlier.
Patients suffering from COPD require continuous medical attention.

FastFocus’s patient monitoring system effectively underpins its advantages in helping medical professionals prevent escalations in COPD patient care before it leads to a drastic outcome; a patient’s complete respiratory failure. At the same time, physiotherapy is often evidenced to be effective in reducing COPD symptoms, so FastFocus’s offering also monitors if patients are improving exercise capacity to improve their quality of life.

Beyond this, the platform also facilitates the tracking of patient’s physiological measures, including weight, temperature, and stress levels and so on. Oftentimes, COPD and asthma patients will have comorbidities; they will be suffering from multiple conditions such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and others. By monitoring the level of such conditions, physicians and therapists can plan specific treatments for the patients, thus getting the diseases under control and making the pain more manageable. Alongside, these readings enable physicians to determine the optimal time for medical intervention.

The Companion for Clinical Researchers

FastFocus’s wireless monitoring system is also intended for research purposes by making use of photoplethysmography (PPG), accelerometry, and skin temperature. The system can be configured as desired. By default, it offers the possibility to monitor pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and physical activity. Leveraging these, the system provides the researchers with full access to the raw data—which can be analysed for its intended study. At the same time, the system can also be used for research on adult volunteers in a professional care setting or home care setting. All that a user needs to do is add the right modules such as a smartphone app or an API for connection to an EPD system to expand the usability of the patient monitoring system.

Going the extra mile, FastFocus can support you in setting up a good study design. With a good design, reliable conclusions can be drawn based on the collected data. For instance, FastFocus can develop algorithms for using photoplethysmography, acceleration and temperature measurements. Or, it can analyse the data collected by you, perform statistical analyses on it and perform pattern recognition.

Foraying into the Future

Having established itself as the trusted partner of multiple telehealth and remote patient monitoring companies and other primary caregivers, FastFocus is now growing its capabilities to include more approved wearable patient monitoring solutions. With promising plans in its roadmap, FastFocus is now perfectly positioned to lead the remote care system to an unprecedented height and improve the quality of life for everyone.

- Alex D'Souza
    August 23, 2021
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Company
Fast Focus

Headquarters
Harmelen, the Netherlands

Management
Guus Oostveen, CEO , Fast Focus

Description
FastFocus strives to develop practical healthcare monitoring solutions that increase work efficiency, sustainably and success. Today, FastFocus is an enabler of many unmet remote care needs. Monitoring patients with diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma is one of them. FastFocus’s patient monitoring system effectively underpins its advantages in helping medical professionals prevent escalations in COPD patient care before it leads to a drastic outcome; a patient’s complete respiratory failure. At the same time, physiotherapy is often evidenced to be effective in reducing COPD symptoms, so FastFocus’s offering also monitors if patients are improving exercise capacity to improve their quality of life. More recently, the company’s offering is looked upon as a boon for treating COVID-19 patients. Beyond this, the platform also facilitates the tracking of patient’s physiological measures, including weight, temperature, and stress levels and so on. FastFocus’s wireless monitoring system is also intended for research purposes by making use of photoplethysmography (PPG), accelerometry, and skin temperature. The system can be configured as desired