NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc.
NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc. (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan; President and CEO, Yuko Sasahara; hereinafter “NDV”) has invested, through its fund, in Fast Doctor Co., Ltd. (headquartered in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan; CEO and Medical Doctor, Ryo Kikuchi; CEO, Takashi Mizuno; hereinafter “Fast Doctor”), which provides Japan’s largest service platform for after-hours emergency medical care, “Fast DOCTOR,” connecting patients and doctors.
With the year-by-year increase in demand for medical care due to its aging society, Japan has faced the challenge of maintaining an emergency medical care system. Considering the limited medical resources, the use of ambulance by patients with mild symptoms has been problematic, particularly at night and on holidays, when people have less accessibility to medical care.
Fast DOCTOR is a service platform for after-hours emergency medical care that is supported by medical facilities in 10 prefectures across Japan and includes over 1,100 full-time or part-time doctors. For the purpose of alleviating patients’ anxiety and reducing the burdens on primary care doctors in the communities, it provides information on emergency hospitals, in addition to providing online emergency medical services and emergency home visits as needed upon request of patients. Through these services, Fast DOCTOR promotes the appropriate use of emergency medical care at night and during holidays, when medical resources tend to be limited. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it provides COVID-19 patients with home medical care on behalf of local governments in regions with an increasing number of COVID-19 infected patients, such as Tokyo and Osaka, thus contributing substantially to society.
These services lead to reducing the burden on emergency medical resources and enhancing the sustainability of the emergency medical care system. It is expected that the COVID-19 pandemic will trigger an increase in demand for home medical care services.
NTT DOCOMO has been proceeding with an initiative to provide a one-stop healthcare service that supports the improvement of health and helps in early detection and appropriate treatment of diseases. NDV has made this investment because Fast Doctor’s services are highly compatible with this initiative. NDV will support the collaboration between Fast Doctor and the NTT Group, aiming to create new values going forward.
■ Regarding Fast Doctor Co., Ltd.
Company Name: Fast Doctor Co., Ltd.
Location: Garden Cross Shinjuku Gyoen 3F, 1-110 Naitocho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.
CEO: Ryo Kikuchi (Medical Doctor); Takashi Mizuno.
Business Content: Providing a service platform for after-hours emergency medical care.
NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc.