Can Wearable Devices Help Mitigate Pain in Patients?

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A new study done over the course of 12-months has shown the effectiveness of a wearable tech device to treat those with chronic pain. The device has the goal of tracking users lifestyles with several apps and the use of a wearable device. John J. Han, MD, an interventional pain management physician at the Geisinger Medical Group in Danvill, Pennsylvania stated that “all chronic pain patients will be candidates for this study.

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Not just patients seeking relief from back and neck pain. Patients will be selected from Geisinger’s multidisciplinary pain program, which incorporates a comprehensive approach to patient care, encompassing everything that pain effects from emotional, physical and social aspects.” Dr. Han further stated that We expect patients to achieve an average 30% decrease in pain based on a visual analog pain scale.

However, if a patient’s total pain resolves within the study timeframe, then we will continue to monitor the patient for the other outcomes, including depression, sleep, and activity levels since the long-term effects of this treatment modality on function and quality of life are just as important.” The study will consist of patients receiving a wearable biometric medical device that will utilize an app to interactively take and keep track of different metrics from the patient’s life.

Dr. Han further added that “To carry out this study, we developed and seamlessly integrated an Apple watch app, the Pain app for iPhone/iPad, and interactive provider dashboard for Epic electronic health medical record system into an clinical application network system that will vastly increase quality and quantity of patients data collection, enhanced patient-provider communications, promote patient engagement, and empower patients to take more control of their well being and lead healthier lifestyle by providing education, tools, and support to individuals and their communities.”

The hopes are high that this study will help to manage the pain of patients involved.

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