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Insurer Zilveren Kruis: remarkable decrease in A&E use through Telemonitoring

Since the introduction of telemonitoring for patients with chronic heart problems (in 2016), more than 500 Zilveren Kruis policyholders have been using HartWacht (translated HeartGuard, a remote monitoring service powered by Luscii, red.). 128 patients (25% of the participants) have been using HartWacht for more than a year. Comparisons have been made between their healthcare usage for the 12 months prior to telemonitoring and the 12 months following use. The results are impressive.

The first research results show a large decrease in the use of care. Olivier Gerrits, Director of Zilveren Kruis Healthcare Purchasing: “We were already convinced that telemonitoring contributes to more control and better quality of life. Now it appears that for our policyholders, there are also fewer admissions, emergency visits and ambulance trips”.

Major decrease in emergency first aid visits on A&E

Patients guided by HartWacht for a year have experienced a decrease in the number of nursing days, the number of emergency trips and the number of emergency room visits. This reduction has been compared to the year prior to the supervision of HartWacht. The number of nursing days has dropped by more than 40% and the number of emergency trips with the ambulance has been reduced by 30% in one year. The largest decrease occurred in the number of emergency room visits: In the group of patients that began with HartWacht, the number of emergency room visits (A&E) fell by 70%, compared to the year before.

VBHC Prize 2019

HartWacht is a joint initiative of Zilveren Kruis, the Netherlands’ Cardiology Centre (CCN) and the Dutch healthcare innovation company Luscii. The number of participants is growing steadily. This breakthrough in eHealth was an international first for the Netherlands in 2016. Last month, HartWacht received the VBHC Prize for its collaboration. Igor Tulevski, cardiologist and co-founder of CCN: “A wonderful reward for increasing the quality of life for patients and reducing healthcare costs on a daily basis”.

This press release was published by Zilveren Kruis on 9 may 2019
(https://nieuws.zilverenkruis.nl/indrukwekkende-afname-zorggebruik-door-telemonitoring/)

The role of Luscii in HartWacht:

Luscii provides hardware, software and patient support in Hartwacht. As a spin-out brand of FocusCura, Luscii is co-initiator of the HartWacht service, together with Cardiologist Center the Netherlands and insurer Zilveren Kruis. These three partners joined in a mutual innovation team to create the HartWacht service including a revolutionary reimbursement model. The Luscii platform is embedded as a button inside the EMR of the cardiologist (CardioPortal by Heart for Health). Patients can download the Luscii vitals and Luscii contact apps, send in their measurements and have (video)-communication with the nurses or cardiologists. Also, after enrollment, Luscii is responsible for all logistics (sending the measurement devices), service and (installation) support for patients with heart failure and hypertension within HartWacht.

 

Luscii’s UK division acquires its own Managing Director, Rob Brougham

There is a growing demand across the UK for telemonitoring provided by Luscii. To steer expansion on the British side of the Channel in the right direction, Rob Brougham will be joining the team. He will begin his role as Managing Director for the United Kingdom on the 1st of May.

Impact on healthcare

Rob is a successful entrepreneur, and has also worked for large companies including British Telecom (BT) where he became CEO of the e-health division. The division built on the Whole Systems Demonstrator; a global, randomised controlled trial studying various tele-health systems. The positive impact of modern technology on the lives of patients with a chronic illness made a big impression on Rob. The number of hospital admissions (14-20%) and visits to emergency care (15%) were reduced significantly within the study population.

“Selling networks and systems to businesses is challenging”, Rob explains his decision, “but it doesn’t provide the same satisfaction that telemonitoring offers. Making a difference to people in a difficult situation is an important incentive for me”.

Enterprising

When BT shifted its strategic course and ventured away from tele-health, Rob decided to switch definitively to the e-health industry. First, as an advisor to various English e-health companies. Later, as UK Managing Director of Ieso Digital Health, which is one of the top 50 fastest growing e-health companies in the country. And, from the 1st of May onwards, as Managing Director for Luscii UK.

Rob sees plenty of opportunities for Luscii in the UK. “There are some players on the market, but we haven’t seen the levels of quality and accessibility of Luscii here, as yet”.

Busy summer

At any rate, Rob is set for a busy summer ahead. A number of British hospitals are about to start working with Luscii, while others are eager to discuss the possibilities that Luscii offers. The ambitions of Luscii are therefore perfectly in line with the “Long term plan”, presented in the past quarter by the NHS. Just like the Netherlands, the United Kingdom is struggling with increasing demand and staff shortages within the healthcare sector.

Now that Rob Brougham has been brought in to strengthen the UK division, many British patients and healthcare professionals will experience Luscii’s telemonitoring in the near future. We have faith that Rob will keep enough time free for his wife and daughters. Likewise, his five a side football team and waterskiing club won’t accept too many absences either!

Prestigious Value Based Healthcare Prize for HartWacht, powered by Luscii

HartWacht, the innovative healthcare concept that was set up through a collaboration of Cardiology Centers the Netherlands, Luscii and insurer Zilveren Kruis, was awarded by the Professor Porter Value Based Healthcare Collaboration Award 2019. For Luscii, this means that one of its projects wins this prestigious award the second year in a row. Last year the COPDInSight-service of NAAST, insurer Menzis and Luscii was the winner of the Professor Porter Value Based Primary Care Award 2018.

HartWacht telecardiology service

HartWacht is a revolutionary telecardiology service offered by the Cardiology Centers The Netherlands to their patients in 15 centers across the Netherlands. Patients with heart failure, hypertension and atrial fibrillation don’t need to go to the clinic anymore, unless it is needed. The eHealth service was announced in 2016 and is currently available all across the Netherlands with full reimbursement from five of the biggest Dutch insurers.

HartWacht telecardiology service

Globally, the demand for cardiovascular care is rising due to the ageing populations, increased cardiovascular risk and the quest for personalized care. However, resources are limited.

The “classic” healthcare system cannot meet these requirements. Therefore, an affordable and scalable solution is needed. The aim of HartWacht is to increase population health, improve the quality of care and lower the per capita costs by making use of new health technologies such as Luscii vitals.

Heart failure, hypertension and atrial fibrillation

Patients are selected for HartWacht by their cardiologist based on their diagnosis and protocolized inclusion and exclusion criteria. Patients can then share their data with their healthcare provider using the app and the results will be integrated in their electronic patient file. By making both the home measurements and the other relevant medical data online available to the patients, they are encouraged to participate actively in their healthcare processes. In addition, therapy and policy are focused around patient data and adapted continuously if needed. Interventions include lifestyle advice if appropriate, change in medication, education about disease and/or additional diagnostics, thereby forming an IPU.

Smart algorithms

Patients with severe hypertension and heart failure are guided by the Luscii app to do home measurements with connected measurement devices for blood pressure, heart rate and weight. Also patients with atrial fibrillation are enrolled using Kardia with EKG-monitor. All the data of patients is analyzed and securely transmitted to the the electronic patient file and is interpreted by a dedicated team supported by smart algorithms and a nationwide network of outpatient clinics which can be visited by the patients if needed. The concept is financed through bundled payment schemes. Patient value is measured through standardized questionnaires.

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Research

To continuously monitor quality and safety and patient outcome, research projects have been initiated. First results are published in scientific peer reviewed journals and demonstrate a positive effect on safety of the program and patient experience and outcome. Research shows that HartWacht results in less visits to outpatient clinics and emergency departments, thereby adding value to our healthcare system by improved health outcome with less costs. Also patients and treating physicians are satisfied: with less effort they experience faster results of success of their therapy.

 

The role of Luscii in HartWacht:

Luscii provides hardware, software and patient support in Hartwacht. As a spin-out brand of FocusCura, Luscii is co-initiator of the HartWacht service, together with Cardiologist Center the Netherlands and insurer Zilveren Kruis. These three partners joined in a mutual innovation team to create the HartWacht service including a revolutionary reimbursement model. The Luscii platform is embedded as a button inside the EMR of the cardiologist (CardioPortal by Heart for Health). Patients can download the Luscii vitals and Luscii contact apps, send in their measurements and have (video)-communication with the nurses or cardiologists. Also, after enrollment, Luscii is responsible for all logistics (sending the measurement devices), service and (installation) support for patients with heart failure and hypertension within HartWacht.

Zilveren Kruis and Tergooi Hospital Bring Care Closer to Home (and use Luscii…)

Tergooi Hospital (Gooi and Vechtstreek), in partnership with health insurer Zilveren Kruis, are set to bring 20 percent of their current hospital care closer to home. Both organisations have signed a declaration of intent for the new proposal. In doing so, they hope to respond to patients’ needs to receive the right care in the right place.

Subsequently, optimal use must be made of innovative technological options, such as telemonitoring for COPD and heart patients. The Zorg Dichterbij program aims to realise this possibility. In addition, Tergooi and Zilveren Kruis are starting projects focused on prevention. The goal is to avoid repeat trips to the hospital for treatment and/or admittance for patients with a specific condition.

Addressing Challenges

Accelerated relocation of care to the home, an appropriate IT infrastructure and the prevention of care are central to the transition plan that Tergooi and Zilveren Kruis have agreed upon. As is now common knowledge, this is desperately needed to combat challenges such as cost increases, an aging society and the associated growth in the number of chronic disorders, but it is also necessary to help alleviate increasing pressures on the shrinking number of healthcare professionals.

Tergooi has a main location in Hilversum and two regional medical centres. By offering safe care at home, the hospital will organise its healthcare in a different way. Acute, intensive and complex care will remain within the hospital. Good cooperation between healthcare institutions and caregivers within the region is also essential to achieve the desired care in the right place.

Compact New Build

The new construction of Tergooi, which will begin at the end of this year, will be smaller. With the use of online consultations, closer cooperation with care partners, and standardised nursing departments and outpatient clinics, the hospital expects to be able to cope with a more compact building.

Hans den Hollander, Chairman of the Tergooi Executive Board, explains: “As we are starting our new building this year, this is the perfect time for us to implement the change to deliver care in the right place. In doing so, we can continue to improve the quality of our care and respond to the needs of patients, whilst keeping hospital care affordable”.

Care Close By

Tergooi and Zilveren Kruis have already begun with the Zorg Dichterbij program. Part of this includes telemonitoring for chronic heart failure and chronic lung diseases (COPD). More and more doctors from the hospital are also providing consultations via video. Furthermore, treatments are being moved towards the home, for example, with kidney dialysis.

The precondition remains that home treatment is only an option if it is medically justified, says Olivier Gerrits, Director of Healthcare Purchasing at Zilveren Kruis: “Our policyholders prefer to have healthcare as near as possible. We attach great importance to stimulating the movement of care to the home, together with caregivers. So that illness has as little impact as possible on the lives of our policyholders. For us, Tergooi is an example of how we can implement that vision in a sustainable and modern way”.

Right Care, Right Place

In September 2018, the health insurance company announced that it would be investing more in applications that could move healthcare from the hospital to the home environment. In October, Zilveren Kruis announced that it would link its healthcare procurement policy and its focus on “the right care in the right place” to the Medical Specialist Care Outline Agreement 2019-2022.

The Outline Agreement for the hospital sector states that the growth in hospital expenditure must be reduced (via digital care applications, amongst others) in order to reach 0 by 2022. Purchasing Director Gerrits stated at the time that relocation of care to the home (the right care in the right place is also a spearhead of the NVZ and a cabinet ambition) will result in the greatest savings. Even more than just moving care from the second to the first line.

Telemonitoring Agreements

At the beginning of August, the health insurer reported that following a successful pilot with Hartwacht at the Dutch Cardiology Centre, they would also make agreements with hospitals across the Netherlands for telemonitoring heart patients. In accordance, Zilveren Kruis offers hospitals three-year contracts.

In February 2019, Zilveren Kruis signed a multi-year agreement with the Isala Hospital in Zwolle, to further improve the content of healthcare and meet the rising demand for care through the use of e-health, such as telemonitoring. Gelre Hospital followed in March. In addition, just like CZ, the insurer encourages the use of online treatments in mental health care to reduce waiting lists.

 

The role of Luscii in this Ter Gooi hospital project:

Luscii provides hardware, software and patient support in the Ter Gooi monitoring service as a partner of NAAST Medical Center who delivers the remote care directly from their monitoring center. The Luscii platform is embedded as a button inside the EMR of the NAAST Medical Service Center (UMO). Patients can use the Luscii Vitals and Luscii Contact apps on their iPad to send in their measurements and have (video)-communication with the nurses or doctors at the NAAST Medical Service Center, homecare centre or hospital. Using an advanced protocol, NAAST does interventions on a distance using videocommunication or directly refers through to the doctors and nurses in the Ter Gooi hospital. After enrolment, Luscii is responsible for all logistics (sending the measurement devices), service and (installation) support for patients within InSight.

Zuyderland – Remote Monitoring Pilot for COPD Patients

Patients with the lung disease COPD are now able to send measurements from home directly to the outpatient clinic of pulmonary medicine. Pulmonologist Pathman Pasupathy explains the procedure: “Every week, patients fill out a questionnaire on their tablet and send in their saturation values. If their situation deteriorates, we will be notified and, if necessary, we will contact the patient via video calling (iPad)”.

zuyderlandZuyderland is using Luscii for the project. The pilot is intended to gain experience in the remote monitoring of COPD patients. Monique van de Kragt, a physician assistant at the clinic, says that she is happy with the trial: “For patients who already have less energy due to their illness, it is of course fantastic that they do not have to come to the clinic every time. This pilot also strengthens our vision that we wish to manage healthcare as close to the patient as possible. It’s great that we are able to experiment with this”.

COPD is characterised by lung attacks that often lead to hospitalisation. Pasupathy: “As we have more insight into the condition of the patient through this pilot, we hope to prevent such lung attacks and, subsequently, hospital admissions”.

The pilot is being carried out in collaboration with health insurer CZ and will run for the coming six months.

The role of Luscii in Zuyderland Hospital:

Luscii provides hardware, software and patient support for the monitoring of the COPD patients in Zuyderland Hospital. The Luscii platform is used by the care teams in the hospital to monitor their patients and get notifications in case of increased health risks. Patients who are enrolled will download the Luscii vitals and Luscii contact apps to sent in their measurements and have (video)-communication with the nurses or pulmonologists. Also, after enrollment, Luscii is responsible for all logistics (sending the measurement devices), service and (installation) support for patients within the Zuyderland Telemonitoring service. Luscii implementation specialists will support Zuyderland with the implementation of the new procedures, care pathway and will together evaluation research is carried out. 

Fredensborg Eldercare in Denmark uses Luscii to meet rising demand for healthcare

Providing senior patients with quality care is becoming increasingly difficult. The growing elderly population is putting a strain on healthcare systems, as doctors and nurses no longer have the time or resources to meet demands. Bjørn Moesgaard Lou Kristensen, an employee of Eldercare in Kokkedal, Denmark, knows this predicament all too well.

A year and a half ago, Kristensen sought out a solution for senior citizens in the Fredensborg area, stating “We just knew that we had to do something”. Replacing home visits with remote contact appeared to be the perfect answer to the problem. Using Luscii’s videocare software, the team in Kokkedal have successfully integrated the project into their daily routine.

Benefiting daily life

Kristensen works with senior citizens suffering from a range of illnesses, including Alzheimer’s and dementia. Such patients are typically visited in the morning, allowing caregivers to prepare food for the day ahead. By then giving the patients a videocall around lunchtime, the carers can ensure they have eaten, drank enough fluids and have remembered to take their medication.

One patient in particular, an elderly lady with dementia and psychiatric issues, looks forward to Kristensen’s calls every day. Her physical visits have been reduced to just once a week, during which caregivers are able to clean and administer medication. The rest of the week, she is contacted via a screen three times a day. This allows Kristensen to not only make sure she is taking her tablets, but also enables him to visually check her appearance. He even requests that she walks around the dining table a couple of times while they chat, to show she is physically active. Something which he simply wouldn’t have the time for during a home visit.

And that quality of contact has been the driving force throughout the project. Kristensen explains, “I have been in this line of work now for 22 years, and I know what it takes to visit a patient. But the difference here is the eye contact. During a videocall, you are with that person 100%”.

Expanding further

Persuading some seniors to get on board with the technology required has been tough at times, according to the Eldercare team. Additionally, figuring out the right way of how to proceed has cost the most time and effort. Several organisations in neighbouring towns and cities are looking to Kokkedal for direction, having also adopted video monitoring, in seeking an effective and successful approach to delivering this new type of care. The target is to have set up at least 100 citizens with video calling by the end of this year, with a total of 20 patients in every town or city across the area.

Despite initial difficulties, once fully up and running, the reactions from both caregivers and patients have been very encouraging. Aside from providing more direct contact, remote monitoring also saves precious time for healthcare professionals. Kristensen values this new wave of e-health development, citing “This is the future. It is here to stay”. Having recognised the positive effects such modern advances can have, he hopes to expand his vision even further by ensuring the best quality care for everyone who needs it.

 

The role of Luscii in Fredensborg Eldercare:

Fredertiksborg Kommune is using Luscii videocare to replace physical visits partly by virtual care, in general and in participial for evening shifts. Citizens appreciate the solution and every video visits saves on average 13 minutes. The team made an analysis for March, in that month videocare has saved 171 hours of homecare which releases valuable time to provide home care for all its citizens.

Luscii provides software and patient support for the monitoring of the elderly in Fredensborg. The Luscii platform is used by the care teams to deliver the videocare to the elderly in the Danish region. The elderly can download Luscii contact on their iPad and nurses are using the Luscii platform to connect with them though a secure and crystal clear video connection. 

 

Reinier de Graaf hospital starts using Luscii at pulmonology department

In the coming six months, the Reinier de Graaf hospital, together with the e-health company Luscii, will conduct a pilot of home measurement for patients with the chronic lung disease COPD. With the help of these measurements, caregivers can provide medical advice remotely. Therefore, COPD patients will need to visit the hospital less often.

Prevent hospitalisations due to lung attacks

COPD is a disease in which the lungs are damaged. This makes it more difficult for patients to breathe and reduces their energy levels. Patients with COPD often suffer from lung attacks, in which they experience shortness of breath, coughing or excess mucus production. As a result, they often need to be hospitalised.

25 COPD patients are taking part in the pilot. The participants will receive a tablet, through which they use an app to complete a weekly questionnaire concerning their quality of life. They will also measure the oxygen content of their blood through a device known as a saturation meter, which is connected to the tablet.

A specialist lung nurse then examines the results in the hospital. If these exceed certain threshold values, the nurse will contact the patient via videocall. In this way, the nurse can literally see how the patient is doing and he or she can, for example, adjust the medication in consultation with the treating specialist. Therefore, the patient doesn’t need to come to the hospital as often for a check-up or treatment. This journey is a major undertaking, especially for patients with COPD. Remote care is subsequently perfectly suited for this group of patients.

Bring healthcare close to the patient

“With this pilot, we want to bring healthcare as close to the patient as possible”, says project leader René de Brouwer. “In addition, we can ensure that COPD patients gain Dashboardmore control over their own health. This project is a great example of how we, at Reinier de Graaf, want to provide the right care in the right place”.

Evaluation will take place during and after the pilot. The experiences of patients and caregivers are the central concern. Scientific research into the results of remote monitoring is also being carried out in collaboration with Luscii. If the pilot is successful, the Lung Diseases department wish to monitor more COPD patients remotely.

This press release was published by Reinier de Graaf Hospital on 12 March 2019
(https://reinierdegraaf.nl/algemeen/nieuws/afdeling-longziekten-start-met-pilot-thuismetingen-voor-copd-patienten//)

 

The role of Luscii in Reinier de Graaf Hospital:

Luscii provides hardware, software and patient support for the monitoring of the COPD patients in Reinier de Graaf Hospital. The Luscii platform is used by the care teams in the hospital to monitor their patients and get notifications in case of increased health risks. Patients who are enrolled will download the Luscii vitals and Luscii contact apps to sent in their measurements and have (video)-communication with the nurses or pulmonologists. Also, after enrollment, Luscii is responsible for all logistics (sending the measurement devices), service and (installation) support for patients within the Reinier de Graaf Telemonitoring service. Luscii implementation specialists will support Reinier de Graaf with the implementation of the new procedures, care pathway and will together evaluation research is carried out. 

Magical storytelling

We thought it was time for a present. We invited a few healthcare providers who are using Luscii for an interactive workshop in which we learned how to share our story in the best way. It would be wonderful if people who are using Luscii in their working environment share their stories and inspire others to use our health platform.

When everyone arrived, we had the time to get to know each other and had some lunch. The group was very divers. Nurses, doctors, department heads and we from Luscii. After we ate lunch together, we started with the workshop on the second floor of the building. In the area there was a podium with a few lights focused on it. Some participants are regularly on stage, but it is always exciting to speak for an audience. We learned to share stories through story telling.

It was an inspiring and fun afternoon and we learned a lot from each other

It was an interactive workshop in which we learned how to apply the most important laws of communication to our own story. We’ve heard some impactful but also funny stories this day. For example, there was a nurse who told us she had a patient that needed to be monitored once a week. Because of her condition this hospital visit makes her very tired and took her three days to recover. This condition was taking over her life. When she started using Luscii this all changed, because she is monitored at home and we can contact her when needed. At the moment she is less tired, and she can spend more time with her grandchildren. It is very nice to hear this kind of stories, because this is why Luscii exists.

We ended the workshop with a drink at the restaurant downstairs. We would like to hear more, so please share your story about Luscii.

1000 COPD patients to be remotely monitored in multi-year contract Isala and Zilveren Kruis

Healthcare insurer Zilveren Kruis and Isala Hospital are joining forces to further improve care quality and meet the rising demand for healthcare. To achieve this, they have once again entered into a multi-year contract. Isala and Zilveren Kruis share the vision that part of the care should be organised differently for this purpose.

Quality and safety

Rob Dillmann, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Isala: “We have a large number of challenges in the region that we can only solve together. Our vision is fully in line with that of Zilveren Kruis. We have agreed to move 10% of healthcare to the home in the coming years, whilst guaranteeing both its quality and safety”.

Dillmann continues: “By moving a part of healthcare to the home, the patient is better served. Research shows that patients are happy to receive care at home. E-health and connected care play a crucial role in this. Even from a distance, personal contact can be maintained between the patient and the healthcare professional via, for example, video calling. Above all, the patient benefits from more control over his or her own health. This in turn contributes to earlier recognition of problems, so that more hospital admissions can be prevented. And that is also a relief for the patient and his or her relatives”.

1,000 COPD patients will be telemonitored

Up until 2022, around 1,000 COPD patients will be telemonitored, so they only have to go to the hospital if they really need treating. People who are eligible for cardiac rehabilitation or who have cancer can also receive part of their treatment safely at home.

Olivier Gerrits, Director of Purchasing at Zilveren Kruis, adds: “By bringing more care to the home together, we can prevent unnecessary hospital visits and admissions. This also relieves the doctors and nurses. In the case of telemonitoring of chronic heart failure, it has now become clear that quality of life is improving, the number of hospital admissions is falling, and we are spending less on premiums. That reversal is also badly needed. A win-win situation for everyone”.

Together with patients(associations), hospitals and other partners in healthcare, Zilveren Kruis wants to have succeeded in bringing 10% of care to the home by 2021. This urgency comes from the growing patient flow and rising healthcare costs.

This press release was published by Isala Hospital on 15 February 2019
(https://www.isala.nl/nieuws/zilveren-kruis-en-isala-verplaatsen-10-van-de-zorg-naar-huis/)

 

The role of Luscii in Isala Hospital:

Luscii provides hardware, software and patient support for the monitoring of the COPD patients in Isala Hospital. The Luscii platform is used by the care teams in the hospital to monitor their patients and get notifications in case of increased health risks. Patients who are enrolled will download the Luscii vitals and Luscii contact apps on their iPhone or iPad to sent in their measurements and have (video)-communication with the nurses or pulmonologists. Also, after enrollment, Luscii is responsible for all logistics (sending the measurement devices), service and (installation) support for patients within the Isala Telemonitoring service. 

The Dutch Ministry of Health made a video on the first phase of this unique project: 


2018 – COPD monitoring and videocare at Isala hospital using Luscii from Luscii on Vimeo.

 

 

 

Wilhelmina Hospital Assen starts telemonitoring for heart failure with Luscii

ASSEN – In February, the Wilhelmina Hospital Assen will begin home telemonitoring for patients with chronic heart failure. They will initially start with a group of twenty-five people. At the moment, these patients have to go regularly to the hospital to have their blood pressure and weight measured. With the help of a blood pressure monitor, a weighing scale, and a tablet or computer, this is now possible at home.

“We do not want patients to have to come to the hospital if it is not really necessary”, says project manager Tineke Ottens. “Most people can easily measure their blood pressure and weight, and fill out a questionnaire. This data is sent to a department with specially trained employees. If there are any uncertainties or questions, they then contact the patient via videocall. Subsequently, the heart failure nurses of the WZA have a central role to play.” In order to make telemonitoring a possibility, the WZA has teamed up with Luscii, the Dutch market leader in the field of home measurement. Luscii patient apps work on Apple, Android and Windows, and the company offers a helpdesk for the predominantly older patients, and even provides installation and explanation at home if necessary.

Benefits

The benefits are great: the patient does not have to go repeatedly to the hospital and can organise his or her own agenda with much more freedom. The patient also has more insight into his or her own data: they can see their blood pressure level or weight for themselves. The fact that direct contact is available also gives a feeling of safety.

The patients taking part will first receive extensive instructions on how to use the equipment. “Even someone without experience of using a tablet or a computer can get started. Older people also often discover that they can do a lot more with the iPad. Sometimes a world opens up for them”, says Tineke Ottens.

eHealth

Telemonitoring is a fantastic step in the development of eHealth: care via the internet. “We show that people can stay at home more safely and with total self-control through the use of remote expert care. Ultimately, that is what everyone prefers.” In addition to chronic heart failure, this form of telemonitoring can also be offered to people with COPD or sleep apnea in the future.

Luscii adopts Holocracy method of organisation

How a company can become a forerunner through focus and a new method of organisation: Luscii.

June 2018. The Luscii team separates from parent company FocusCura, in which it started. The goal is to give the Luscii team plenty of space to develop their ideas and attract talent from all over the world.

Luscii is a digital healthcare platform that enables healthcare providers to supervise patients with a chronic condition from a distance. In this way, they can intervene earlier and prevent hospital visits and admissions. This is necessary as, in the Netherlands, we will soon have a shortage of hands and a large group of elderly people to look after. With the right care in the right place, we can still offer the same ‘warm’ care to an ever-growing number of patients.

Establishing a company without managers

After gaining independence, the Luscii team used maximum focus and space to organise things in their own way. Joris Janssen was given the freedom to take the digital team to the next level. He opted for self-organisation, having already tasted it at a start-up, and by learning how he didn’t want to lead a team at larger companies. Through opting for self-organisation, he did not become a manager. “What a relief! You no longer have to worry whether everyone has the opportunity to do what he or she has to do. Self-organisation is scary if you are not good at letting go. And that I can do well”, says Joris.

Structure is still a necessity

“When a structure was needed to stand on our own two feet and to give self-organisation some shape, Holacracy was the logical step. Above all, we simply had to have something. And we wanted to implement a structure that others were already using. A big organisation like Zappos had already adopted Holacracy and Ruben Timmerman of Springest came here to share his insights.

joris-janssen-luscii-1200x900.jpgEspecially when everything is new, there is a need for structure. Some employees were already used to self-organisation, but there were also ten people that came from the old branch. It was precisely for these people that Holacracy was the perfect bridge to make the structure of self-organisation clear”.

Koen Bunders guided Luscii in their first steps towards structured self-organisation. “The implementation in the circles that I was involved in went very smoothly. I think that Joris and Daan’s clear choice for this tool helped a lot. They show that they also take on board the new rules themselves. They give others the space to take full ownership of their roles, and also remain approachable within their own position(s). This form of leadership helps tremendously”.

“For others, however, it was as if they had taken a step back; as if there was too much structure. The emphasis at the start is on meetings, which are often regarded as ‘overhead’.

Those in question may not have realised that they could solve the problem themselves. They experienced the agreements as something imposing, while, in reality, the agreements are liberating. Free rein is given within the agreements, and a process is available through which you can resolve any minor or major dissatisfaction”.

Learning self-organisation under professional guidance

“Koen Bunders from Energized.org led us through two larger circles. In addition, there is also a sub-circle, which began by itself. I am very happy with what Koen did. The added value of guidance is that you really get the hang of it. You can read how it works and understand it too, but at some point, you just have to try it. Someone with experience – such as a Holacracy coach – keeps you on your toes and can see potential pitfalls. I think that if we had received no guidance, we would have got stuck in those pitfalls. Maybe we would have even stopped.

You cannot acquire everything from the constitution. That only deals with the work that has to be organised. Therefore, everyone must be aware of the distinction between person and role. Writing good policies or suggesting the possibility of a new circle at the right time, are some of the things we really needed Koen for”. 

The transition from traditional structure to self-organisation

“The people in the office in Driebergen, where Luscii was created, sometimes say that they find it quite strange. Some even laugh about it. I think there may even be those who consider us crazy. It does take time. People in more traditionally structured organisations naturally feel the need to place it in their mental model of a traditional hierarchy. For example, we are asked who the HR manager is. But we split all those operational tasks and we make a role, for instance, for issuing invoices. As we are continuously adapting our organisation to what is required, it may happen that a person changes role. I think that through these roles, everyone can develop exactly as he or she wants, and they can do what they are good at. If the administration aspect of the stand-in changes, this can be confusing for someone outside a holocratic organisation.

When I look from my current perspective, I realise how tiring a traditional way of working is. I can never go back. I would never again be able to work in a structure that does not clearly offer as much as Holacracy. Why would you want that?”

Koen also sees that the organisation is well developed. “Now that the members of the organisation have mastered the use of the new tools of self-organisation, I am curious to see how they will use them. Recently, a member of the Luscii team came to me with worries about how the organisation had been shaped historically and how that brought tension to today. As a coach, I offered her various options through which she could individually alleviate some of the tension in her role or even resolve it by making a proposal. It was wonderful to see the boost it gave her to realise that this problem could finally be resolved. To my great joy, I heard that she recently submitted her proposal and that it was accepted! Holacracy makes it very easy to solve problems quickly, safely and reliably. Even if the proposal has a big impact. If no reason can be found during the decision-making process that the proposal could cause damage, then it is adopted. Practice will then show whether it works effectively, and adjustments can always be made”.

More brainpower

You have to give yourself, as an organisation, the space to be able to change. Which is certainly important for a company like us. We have so much to discover. It is great that different people from different perspectives can explore how best to serve the market. Then you basically have much more brainpower to work on the organisation.

Luscii closes partnership with OMRON Healthcare to accelerate international expansion

Joining forces supports hospitals in moving care towards the home

 

Luscii, the e-health application for remote monitoring once developed as part of FocusCura, continues as an independent company. Healthcare entrepreneur and FocusCura founder Daan Dohmen, has acquired the majority of the shares and formed a strategic partnership with Omron Healthcare, known among other things, as the largest manufacturer of blood pressure monitors in the world. Part of this cooperation includes an investment, with which Luscii can accelerate its development further in the coming years. Omron will also support launches in more European countries, as the two companies announced today.

Remote monitoring

With Luscii, chronically ill patients can be monitored remotely. Remote monitoring via the Luscii app, in combination with smart algorithms, warns the patient’s healthcare network in the event of a deteriorating health situation. Direct contact is then made with the doctor or nurse via the app. Through this method, hospital visits, diagnostics and admissions can be prevented.
Luscii was conceived by a team at FocusCura. They were given an office in Amsterdam and space to attract technical talent from all over the world. That focus paid off. Today, Luscii is in use in almost half of all the hospitals in the Netherlands and the concept is reimbursed by 94% of insurers. “This is just the beginning”, says Dohmen. “We are now active in the Netherlands, the Nordics and the UK, and we will continue until all chronic patients have access to remote monitoring in their own region”.

Omron Healthcare

The collaboration with Omron will accelerate that ambition. Omron’s blood pressure monitors are the most widely used in scientific studies worldwide. With more than 200 million monitors in use by patients and care professionals, the manufacturer is number 1 in the field of medical remote monitoring. Dohmen: “The connection with Omron immediately launches us in places where we can make a difference”. The two companies have been working together for some time, through, among other things, the connection of Omron equipment to the Luscii app for heart, lung and vascular measurements at home, and with the development of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides doctors, nurses and patients with treatment advice based on remote monitoring.
For Omron, the collaboration is logical, says André van Gils, CEO of the European-American branch of the Japanese company. “Luscii is an international leader in the movement to bring hospital care to the home. We will help to expand that position and use our network, technology and knowledge to aid healthcare providers in meeting the rising demand for care. This partnership supports our mission to offer everyone a fuller and richer life without any compromises”.

Breakthrough

In European countries, efforts have been made for some time to make e-health available for chronic patients in order to prevent hospital visits and admissions. Despite that, a breakthrough is yet to be achieved. However, Luscii is one of the first digital healthcare concepts capable of bridging the important barriers in implementation. For example, Luscii successfully managed to integrate with large electronic patient records and secured reimbursement from insurers for their concept. Scientific research showed that using Luscii for specific target groups, such as patients with COPD, heart failure and resistant hypertension, can reduce hospital costs significantly and make patients feel safer.

 

FocusCura

FocusCura will continu its activities in home care under CEO Raoul Zaal. Dohmen handed over the CEO’s baton to the former Booking.com and Essent director a year ago. Under Zaal’s management, the number of users of FocusCura innovations continued to grow and 2018 ended with a strong operating result. Dohmen remains involved as a consultant and shareholder of FocusCura. Just like Medux, known for it’s brands Medipoint and Harting-bank.

 

 

 

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