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Cera launches flu-detecting technology to prevent hospitalisations this winter

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National home care provider Cera has launched a new piece of technology to prevent hospitalisations during flu season.

The digital flu tracker and treatment system, Flu-ID, powered by AI and machine learning, is designed to detect deterioration in an older person’s condition from flu up to 30 times faster than traditional methods, and reduce diagnosis time for the virus from days to minutes, enabling faster treatment.

Cera said this will ensure carers and nurses can treat flu earlier and, crucially, in older people’s own homes, rather than in hospital. 

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Commenting on the launch, Dr Ben Maruthappu, CEO of Cera, said: “The key to protecting the NHS this winter, whilst at the same time preventing unnecessary challenges among our older community, is to reduce hospitalisations through faster detection and treatment for flu.

“Every time an older individual is admitted to hospital with flu, they risk catching secondary illnesses including COVID-19, and we’ve learnt from the pandemic that treatment at home, where possible, leads to better outcomes. By empowering our network through AI, Machine Learning and Digitalised technologies, we can support and protect our community through what promises to be a difficult winter for the health and social care sector.” 

Cera’s Flu-ID system runs through the company’s central app. Each day, nurses and carers collate an older person’s vital signs, such as their temperature, heart rate and blood pressure, as well as other health indicators, including their nutrition, daily activity and sleeping patterns, during in-person home care visits. 

The app monitors these data points and can detect any worsening in their condition due to flu symptoms.

Cera hopes this will contribute significantly in attempts to prevent the NHS from becoming overwhelmed by the combined threat of flu and COVID-19 over the next six months. 

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