Cera has announced a new partnership with Google Cloud, that will ensure rapid insight discovery to address the UK’s home healthcare needs.

Powered by cloud technology, Cera carers can now access more advanced real-time insights which will enable them to make prompt care interventions when needed. The company is leveraging Google Cloud to construct an advanced data mesh, that will support Cera to scale operations and better organise and manage data to drive care innovation.

The homecare company has transformed the depth of insight available from operational applications and internal datasets by leveraging Google Cloud’s real-time integration and processing capabilities. With its new advanced analytics and machine learning capabilities, Cera has been able to help its care teams further reduce hospitalisation rates, currently by up to 70%, and in turn alleviate capacity pressures on the NHS.

Prior to the partnership with Google Cloud, the data and insights available to Cera’s care team could be up to 24 hours old. While that was still considerably faster than the pen and paper approach, the move to Google Cloud has given care teams near-instant insights into a patient’s condition.

In addition, carers can access long-term historical changes to patients’ wellbeing, as opposed to only data from the last visit. This gives an improved overview of how a patient’s wellbeing and health has evolved, supporting improved decision-making.

Nathan Windle, director of data at Cera, said: “With Google Cloud, the benefits also translate to Cera’s internal product development teams, who can now more rapidly consolidate data from hundreds of sources to develop more advanced data science and machine learning capabilities, bringing products to market more quickly.

“With a greater understanding of operational performance enabled by this more advanced approach, Cera can now make quicker and more accurate data-led decisions based on insights, ensuring that both quality of care delivery and new product development is more effective.”

Dr Ben Maruthappu, CEO at Cera, added: “Our valued partnership with Google Cloud is important to unlocking the potential of data analytics and predictive technologies, driving forward even greater innovation capabilities for Cera. As AI continues to play an increasingly vital role in the delivery of all healthcare, we’re proud to partner with such a well-respected data innovator to help Cera address the care needs of individuals in the UK.”

Last year, Cera announced it would be delivering five million care visits this winter, helping to save the NHS £100 million and reduce hospital waiting times. Now it will be able to make speedier, more informed care decisions too.