Finnish care management systems company Fastroi has ambitious plans to grow its new UK business.
The company celebrates its 15th birthday this year having been founded at Joensuu Science Park in Eastern Finland in 2003 by Risto Jalovaara, who remains CEO today.
Jalovaara had the idea for the business while caring for his mother in the eighties. He purchased software from a Finnish software company and over the next few years developed Fastroi into a market leading business.
This summer Fastroi opened a UK office at Skelmersdale in Lancashire and is recruiting for software developers and sales representatives as well as for administrative, customer support and training staff.
“When we looked at the UK care market we realised there are a lot of similarities with Finland,” says Fastroi’s UK managing director Jim Ward. “We have, however, adapted Real Time Care for the UK so that it handles local invoicing and uses UK healthcare terminology. We have also added specific features to help with areas such as CQC compliance.”
The company decided to open in the north of England because of the pressures on social care in the region and also the high level of digital skills available when hiring. “There is a skills shortage in Finland so the UK will become the home for the company’s software development.”
Ward says Fastroi’s vast experience in Finland means its team can hold the hand of UK care homes who are keen to digitalise their operation but are not sure how to go about it. “We look at a care home’s culture and show managers how they can digitalise different parts of their business without having to change their culture.”
Fastroi will be promoting Real Time Care at the Care Show in Birmingham (October 17/18) and at smaller healthcare events around the country.