Pain often goes unrecognised and under-treated in people with communication difficulties such as dementia. Although tools exist to assess pain, they are often subjective, manually based and subsequently under used by carers. PainChek™ is a secure smart phone-based medical device that uses artificial intelligence to assess and score pain levels in real time and update medical records in the cloud.
PainChek™ is a fast and simple to use solution. It uses the smart phone camera to record a short video of the person’s face and analyses the images using facial recognition analytics. It automatically recognises facial muscle movements that indicate pain and takes note of them.
Next, the caregiver uses PainChek™ to record their observations of pain related behaviours such as how the person is moving and vocalising pain that will complete the assessment. Finally, PainChek™ calculates an overall pain score and stores the result allowing the caregiver to monitor the effect of medication and treatment over time. PainChek™ is a world-first pain assessment medical device – now with regulatory clearance in Australia and Europe.
Carers of people with dementia:
Day care workers
Sources: WHO and Dementia Care Central