Digital Health Tools Support Better Patient Care
The Transitional Pain Service uses digital health tools to improve communication between patients and clinicians and to help patients manage their pain.
Our main digital tool is the Manage My Pain App. We invite all patients to use the App at no cost starting from their first clinic visit. The App helps to empower patients to take control of their pain by tracking their symptoms and the progress of their treatment.
The Transitional Pain Service also provides the option of virtual visits when face-to-face visits are not possible or recommended.
Manage My Pain Platform
The 'Manage My Pain' platform is a user-driven digital health solution that helps patients gain control of their pain by keeping a pain record that they can easily share with their doctor or therapist.
The platform helps to improve communication between patients and clinicians and empowers patients in self-management of their pain symptoms.
Studies done at the Transitional Pain Service show that using the 'Manage My Pain' App is engaging for patients and improves their pain-related anxiety and distress.
The Manage My Pain Platform includes the following tools:
The App helps patients track their pain, daily functioning, mental health and well-being, and medications. Patients can respond to assigned questionnaires. Tracked information can be shared directly with clinicians.
Reports can be used to summarize the information collected in the patient App to help with communication between patients and clinicians during clinic visits.
Clinicians can examine patient progress, send questionnaires, and analyze patient health trends using advanced analytics.
Access our research publications on the use and impact of the Manage My Pain App:
Bhatia A, Kara J, Janmohamed T, Prabhu A, Lebovic G, Katz J, Clarke H. User Engagement and Clinical Impact of the Manage My Pain App in Patients With Chronic Pain: A Real-World, Multi-site Trial. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 2021;9(3):e26528. doi:10.2196/26528
Slepian PM, Peng M, Janmohamed T, Kotteeswaran Y, Manoo V, McLaren Blades A, Fiorellino J, Katznelson R, Tamir D, McRae K, Kahn M, Huang A, Kona S, Thaker S, Weinrib A, Katz J, Clarke H. Engagement with Manage My Pain mobile health application among patients at the Transitional Pain Service. Digital Health. 2020;6:2055207620962297. doi:10.1177/2055207620962297
Rahman QA, Janmohamed T, Clarke H, Ritvo P, Heffernan J, Katz J. Interpretability and Class Imbalance in Prediction Models for Pain Volatility in Manage My Pain App Users: Analysis Using Feature Selection and Majority Voting Methods. JMIR Medical Informatics. 2019;7(4):e15601. doi:10.2196/15601
Weinrib A, Azam MA, Latman VV, Janmohamed T, Clarke H, Katz J. Manage My Pain: A Patient-Driven Mobile Platform to Prevent and Manage Chronic Postsurgical Pain. Novel Applications of Virtual Communities in Healthcare Settings. In El Morr, C. (Ed.), (pp. 93-126) IGI Global. 2018. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-2958-3.ch004
Virtual Care to Support Patients Remotely
The Transitional Pain Service provides telehealth and virtual services for patients who are not able to come into the clinic.
During the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Transitional Pain Service offers its effective mental health and substance abuse treatment by telephone or video calls.
Using the 'Manage My Pain' App, the Transitional Pain Service can also connect patients in need of mental health services with access to virtual group or one-on-one therapy.
Virtual care helps chronic pain patients during the pandemic and provides a blueprint for remote patient care beyond the pandemic.