Providing better care

Focus helps to provide care for people who cannot easily communicate their own needs. This includes people with acquired brain injury, stroke, dementia, autism, intellectual disability and a wide range of other conditions.

Straightforward care planning templates increase speed and accuracy when adding, accessing or sharing information. Research began in 2016; institutions and families report that seamlessCARE increases efficiency, reduces risk and promotes the accurate transfer of data. This research was supported by University College Dublin Enterprise Ireland, Queens University Belfast, Respect and AssistID.

Focus also provides a bridge between the home and institutions and promotes Future Planning for families with loved ones who will need ongoing care. Residential Institutions reported that the alert system and easy sharing of information considerably reduced the time they spent in meetings with the families of their care recipients. Family carers reported a reduction in anxiety about the welfare of their loved ones and less need to contact the caring institutions for individual updates.

Focus is built on the HL7 FHIR framework so it can be accessed on any device: smart phone, mobile tablet or computer. ­It is available as a mobile application and it can be integrated into existing systems as an API.

Focus apiBenefits

  • Faster transfer of information between staff

  • Shorter hand over times

  • Better communication between families and staff

  • Increased safety for high dependency patients as videos help to explain complex needs

  • Reduction in challenging behaviours as staff better understand care recipient‘s needs

  • It supports Future Planning for families to plan the ongoing care of their loved ones

  • Easier communication of essential tasks to families when a nonverbal person is being discharged

  • Integrated communication with other services

  • Easier staff training

  • Easy access to documents needed for inspections and compliance

  • Document scanning with mobile app and scanning of Data matrix barcodes