People unable to verbally express that they are in pain can now access a smartphone app to help convey their discomfort.
Brightwater has been working with Curtin University’s Professor Jeff Hughes and PhD candidate Mustafa Atee to develop the Electronic Pain Assessment Tool (ePAT).
The easy-to-use smartphone app is now being trialled and aims to help assess pain in people with cognitive impairment so that they can be given relief sooner.
For some, the only way they can alert someone to their pain is through agitation and other non-verbal indicators including facial expression.
The app uses six ‘domains’ including video and facial recognition technology to get a holistic overview of the person being assessed (the information from the six domains is combined to calculate a pain severity score).
“We know that even without words or actions people’s faces often tell us so much, so combined with the other information collected in the app, it made perfect sense to us to factor that into a pain assessment,” explained CEO Jennifer Lawrence.
“The trial has given us another ‘tool in the toolbox’ in terms of being able to promote wellbeing and comfort.”
The trial has been so successful, that ePAT’s developers are looking at commericalising the app within 12 months.