PainChek imageIncorporating the latest in smartphone technology and artificial intelligence (AI), a new technological advancement is helping provide care home residents with effective pain relief.

Person Centred Software has partnered with PainChek to develop this innovative technology offering, which enables care home providers to accurately identify and measure levels of pain amongst residents reduced communication skills.

The aim is to ensure accurate pain relief is administered and reduce the use of unnecessary medication.

Jonathan Papworth, Co-founder and Director of Person Centred Software, commented: “For people who are unable to communicate their level of pain, such as those with dementia, the result can be that they display bad behaviour and get angry. Behavioural drugs are commonly used in residential care to address challenging behaviour and most medical professionals believe that they are acting in the best interest of the individual, staff and other residents.

“But without the ability to understand if a person is in pain, that individual may be wrongly diagnosed. In addition, the medications to manage behaviour are normally far more expensive than those used for pain relief. So, if pain medication can resolve the pain and it results in better behaviour, it will improve the individual’s quality of life and benefit everyone involved.”

Person Centred Software has integrated PainChek, the world’s first smartphone pain monitoring and assessment technology, within its Mobile Care Monitoring application.

Using the AI and facial recognition technology in PainChek, carers can identify the presence and quantify the severity of pain, even when not obvious. The information feeds into the intelligent mobile application to deliver a joined-up solution for care providers to monitor pain amongst residents.

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