Nourish calls for care homes to embrace the data they hold to improve care

Nourish Care says care homes should make more of their data so social care is more sustainable for everyone.

At its second Care Analytics Forum at The Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth, Nourish founder Nuno Almeida said care providers should not fear the large volumes of data they hold.

“There are far fewer errors being made with inadequate data than there are with no data at all, so care providers should consider using large quantities of data and starting a movement for data-driven quality improvement of care.”

Almeida said the company is on a mission in regards to data and analytics.

“Ultimately Nourish wants to achieve an environment where those within social and health care can obtain information and insight to understand, diagnose and manage long-term conditions,” he said. “This will enable those receiving care to have a fulfilled life. 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.”

Michael Butcher, finance director at Blackadder, a family-owned care provider and an early adopter of Nourish’s Analytics feature, shared his insights into the benefits of data

With 215 beds across six individual care homes, Blackadder wanted to innovate and provide care in a smarter way. This included being able to identify trends to improve care.

“Previously we had tried to keep track of data themselves via Excel spreadsheets,” said Butcher (pictured above at the Forum). “Using Nourish Analytics, including identifying trends across a range of interactions and resident needs, we can tailor care plans and ensure everyone gets the right care for them based on the real-time information being recorded.”

He added that the company can clearly see information such as resident’s weights (and weight gain or loss), skin conditions and what alarms have been set so carers can track changes and meeting an individual’s requirements.

Nourish is continuing to explore the world of data science and how it can be applied to care data. The company says there is huge potential for integrations with other healthcare providers, and it is confident it will get more care organisations on board using data analytics to deliver better care for everyone.

To find out more about the Nourish system and how it can help you provide better care for all, visit their website.

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