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Nourish Analytics Forum – looking towards a future of data science applied to care

Analytics Forum- Michael Blackadder

Nourish Care recently held their second Care Analytics Forum at The Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth, where they welcomed 35 care providers to discuss the future of data science within the care sector.

Nuno Almeida, the founder of Nourish, opened the discussion by sharing the company’s mission in regards to data and analytics.

“Ultimately what Nourish wants to achieve is an environment where those within social and health care can obtain information and insight in order to understand, diagnose and manage long-term conditions, and enabling people receiving care to have a fulfilled life,” Nuno said.

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“In doing so, we will be able to see what shapes outstanding service, and gain insight into how we can provide gold standard, quality care.”

Data can save lives

While many of us still see care records as a necessary evil, Nourish are looking at the bigger picture and how data contained in these records can be used to make social care more sustainable for everyone. There are fears that using large volumes of data can invite errors to be made, however, it is said that there are far fewer errors being made with inadequate data than there are with no data at all, and with this stance, they invite care providers to consider the groundbreaking possibilities of using large quantities of data for starting a movement for data driven quality improvement of care.

“Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all”

– Charles Babbage, Mathematician, engineer, inventor and philosopher.

Nourish Analytics in action

Michael, the Finance Director from family owned care provider, Blackadder, shared his insights into the benefits of data, as one of the first care providers to use Nourish’s Analytics feature.

With 215 beds across six individual care homes, each of which runs autonomously, they wanted to innovate and provide care in a smarter way, and be able to identify trends in order to improve the quality of care they were providing. While they had tried to keep track of data themselves via excel spreadsheets, Michael went on to explain how Nourish Analytics has been incredibly valuable to them, providing data in a clean and concise format that’s easy for all to understand.

He explained what type of reports they have built using Nourish Analytics, including identifying who has what needs based on their eating and drinking habits, in order to tailor care plans and ensure everyone gets the right care for them. He explained they are now able to clearly see information such as resident’s weights (and weight gain or loss), skin conditions and alarms that have been set, in order to track changes and ensure they are doing everything they can to meet individual’s needs – reviewing all six homes in an integrated fashion, and gaining the ability to understand early where there are potential problems.

Working towards change

Overall, the forum was a success, and Nuno and the team were very happy to answer the many questions that care providers had regarding the future of Nourish Analytics. Nourish are continuing to explore the world of data science applied to care data, with the potential for integrations with other healthcare providers going forward, and they hope to get even more care organisations on board and using data analytics to provide better care for all.

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The author Lee Peart

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