Expanding on its workforce vigilance tool for companies grappling with COVID-19, Project Fort offers a data-driven health consultancy service for monitoring and promoting workforce wellbeing.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the local innovation community rallied to provide solutions to plug the glaring gaps in our healthcare systems. Among them was Project Fort, a free-to-use corporate vigilance platform that enables employers to keep tabs on workforce health through data monitoring and analytics tools.
With the addition of dynamic health strategy design, teleconsultation features, and a digital health marketplace, the team has expanded on their core vigilance tool, turning Project Fort into a full-suite data consultancy service for monitoring and promoting workforce and workplace wellbeing beyond the pandemic—a premium offering they’re calling Project Fort Edge.
Project Fort is the flagship venture of DayThree Innovations (Day3), a Philippines-based venture builder specializing in health and wellness technologies. In its earliest iteration, the platform was built around two core tools, a daily health check-in where employees share how they’re feeling that day, and an employer-facing dashboard aggregating and interpreting the health data being shared—both accessible on any internet-enabled browser.
“Project Fort was borne out of a need to address the yawning gaps in our health sector, made evident by our current war against Covid-19,” said Santiago Arnaiz, Day3’s chief operating officer. “We started by identifying the biggest pain points of businesses under quarantine. We leveraged our in-house expertise in public health and data systems, and got to work on what is now Project Fort. In less than a week, we managed to line up a number of companies interested in adopting our system. Right now that number is at around 40.”
But while early designs for Project Fort continue to serve as the foundation of this new, expanded ecosystem, the team’s early experiences piloting the system showed that collecting and organizing reliable health information was only half the battle.
”Pulling from the protocols established by local and international health authorities, we designed a system that could flag priority cases among a company’s employees, that is, those whose baseline health, recent activities, or both put them more at risk,” said Erika Modina, Day3’s chief health officer and Project Fort lead. “But once we were able to identify a priority case, the next question our users faced was ‘what do we do about it?’ It became clear that simply suggesting steps wouldn’t be enough. So we started drawing up the next phase of our platform.”
Building their three pillars
Glenn Espiritu is a quality system and audit head overseeing the health protocols for a mall operator managing both direct employees and tenant employees. With hundreds of visitors moving through their mall at any given point, access to real-time information on how their employees are faring on any given day is paramount to ensuring the safety of their communities. Espiritu uses Project Fort to not only manage priority cases, but automatically generate incident reports required by local government agencies.
“Pen and paper questionnaires are too unwieldy and prone to human error,” he said. “We’re working with a skeletal team here, so the only way to manage this is by injecting some technology. With this system, information is automatically shared across the admin team. As soon as someone is flagged as a priority case, we have processes in place to respond.”
Modina said that her team played a very hands-on role in helping shape the protocols of this mall operator group—connecting them with doctors to consult with flagged workers, and helping source the products and services they needed to address their health needs.
So when an employee is flagged as a priority case, Espiritu and his team know to give them a call, and assist them in booking a consultation with a Project Fort-affiliated doctor. If the employee is prescribed a medical test, the team can order one through Project Fort’s network of medical product and service providers. “Whenever a need came up, we either scoured our network to find a solution, or built one ourselves,” Modina said.
And it’s not just physical wellbeing being tended to. “We wanted to take a proactive stance on what it means to be healthy,” said Modina. “So we don’t only monitor physical symptoms, but gather information on mental and social health as well. It’s a holistic perspective on wellbeing that we want to promote, and that our partners have really come to appreciate.”
Based on the general healthy workplace framework of the World Health Organization, Project Fort’s dynamic approach to workplace wellbeing--the Fortified Workplace--was designed and developed in-house by Modina and her team. Project Fort now offers a premium subscription package that organizes all these expanded tools and services into a consultancy service they’re calling “a corporate health management system future-facing firms can be proud of”: Project Fort Edge.
Companies utilizing Project Fort Edge are assigned a health officer in charge of designing, developing, and deploying a data-driven health strategy for their workforces. Throughout each quarterly cycle, Project Fort’s analytics team issues tailored data reports outlining the processes and impact of these health strategies.
Project Fort Edge also connects the employees of client companies to doctors on-demand through virtual consultations, with video or voice-only options. Through this telemedicine feature, employees can then be prescribed medications, or instructed to procure further tests—both of which can be procured from the platform’s marketplace.
Beyond workforce health, Project Fort Edge also leverages these same resources to help manage a company’s workplace protocols. Health professionals can assess your office’s health systems and provide actionable steps towards optimizing it for employee health. Materials needed, such as sanitizer dispensers or isolation tents, can then also be sourced through Project Fort Edge marketplace.
With access to Project Fort’s network of health professionals, strategists, and data scientists, as well as full use of its proprietary suite of digital wellness tools, clients can truly fortify their workplaces, building healthier communities for the decades to come.
Looking past the current pandemic, the Project Fort team sees their health management system applied to solve various health issues that will continue to plague organizations for decades to come.
“Any population-based health system needs a backbone of proper data monitoring to be effective,” said Modina. “What we have today is the means to assess a company’s health problems—the way a doctor might assess a patient—and then guide them through the entire process of getting better. Using this same infrastructure, we can then build tools to help teams tackle mental health in the workplace, promote physical fitness, and even manage chronic diseases.”
According to Day3 COO Santiago Arnaiz, Project Fort and Project Fort Edge illustrate not only the pain points their venture builder hopes to address, but the means by which we intend to address them: purpose-driven innovation.
“COVID-19 has proven that the health systems we have relied on for decades are failing us,” he said. “If we are to win this battle, and all the battles to come, the problems of today need to be met with the solutions of tomorrow. Day3 endeavors to build those solutions.”