April 8, 2015 – It is estimated that the cost of treating chronic pain in adults in the US exceeds $600 billion annually. HealthOS™ is launching a new web-based platform called PainCareOS™, a pain management support tool, at HIMSS 15 in Chicago next week. Over 50,000 senior health administrators will be in attendance.
“Estimates suggest that 20% of adults suffer from pain globally and 10% are newly diagnosed with chronic pain each year. Nevertheless, the problem of pain has primarily been regarded as a medical problem, and has been little addressed by the field of public health.”1
Integrating a team of physicians, data & clinical scientists and software developers, HealthOS. L.L.C., has built the ultimate information system and workflow tool for pain. PainCareOS is solving the highly problematic parts of pain management: risk management; painkiller therapy; addiction/abuse detection; behavioral health; aiding poor sleep; laboratory testing; long-term treatment planning; and data collection for government.
PainCareOS is HIPAA compliant software that will assist doctors everywhere improve quality of care and optimize clinical management and revenue.
PainCareOS will also help engage patients to be more involved in their treatment – something that patients have wanted desperately. With the use of tablets in the waiting rooms, patients will answer questionnaires, track their own progress, get more connected to the treatment options, and ultimately become more engaged in their care. By increasing the quality time spent with pain patients, early results for PainCareOS have shown that staff and patient collaboration improved as had overall patient satisfaction.
“Clinicians, in private practice or in hospitals, are often missing the critical points in pain management: addressing the cause of pain; medication safety; uncovering underlying mental issues; gathering evidence to support their patients’ claims; determining risk of treatment/surgery; monitoring progress and outcomes; and helping doctors navigate a sea of sometimes unproven alternative therapies. It’s the chronic body-wide suffering that accompanies pain that can be frustrating for both the healthcare provider and the patient,” says Dr Ketan Patel, CEO of HealthOS and pain physician/educator. “There is no easy fix for the disastrous effects of chronic pain on a person and their family/community”.
One of the toughest challenges for any physician treating pain is keeping track of hundreds of pieces of information about each unique patient, addressing the hundreds / thousands of treatment options, and then having to make sense of this in the 5 minutes they typically have.
PainCareOS has been developed by pain management teams to focus on tracking this information for busy pain centers and hospitals, providing the ability to keep up with the amount of information using existing office computers, tablets or mobile devices, driven by a secure internet portal. “PainCareOS is an extremely easy to use – ‘out of the box’ – solution. Early trials of our pre-release software led to a 9 minute average reduction in time spent by patients completing waiting room paperwork,” says Chris Burgess, VP Information Technology. He adds, “Anticipated ongoing improvements will mostly be encountered inside the clinical exam room as well. Our most important advance will be understanding of the entire spectrum of a patient on a dashboard that is just not possible in the paper realm or with conventional EHR’s.”
By providing a single source for all patient, testing and clinical documentation, PainCareOS helps bring a holistic picture of the pain sufferer to the fore front and enables both clinician and patient to choose the most impactful and critical (in some cases, insurance-eligible only) treatment options.
“PainCareOS has also been developed to meet the demands of hospitals administrators who must increasingly monitor patient satisfaction ratings and mandatory federal data collection, while maintaining excellence in risk management. PainCareOS helps to take the burden off of hospital staff working with limited resources and at this level of detail,” says Andrew Bouchat, VP Business Affairs & Marketing at HealthOS.
“Population Health starts at the Point-of-Care. PainCareOS has been developed to work with or without an Electronic Health Record (EHR) software, allowing even small family practices with basic standalone computer systems connected to the internet to work with PainCareOS,” says VP Adam Davis of HealthOS. “We built our work flows around the patient, medical assistants and doctors/nurse practitioners so that our clinical decision support was validated at each detailed step of the work flow.”
“Seven in ten Americans feel that pain research and management should be one of the medical community’s top few priorities (16%) or a high priority (55%).”1
“HealthOS is hoping to take its pain management platform into a connected and population-focussed future. Our vision is to help further bridge the gap between risks and benefits of pain therapies, including ways to engage the patient at home through secure portals. HealthOS plans to consider population health data at the point-of-care so clinicians and hospital executives can see how similar patient’s responded and how making cost-effective decisions in collaboration with insurance providers and stakeholders will aid in clinical research to help advance the field of pain medicine,” says Dr Patel.
PainCareOS is being unveiled at HIMSS 15, Booth 5231, April 13-16 in Chicago.
About HealthOS, L.L.C.
HealthOS is a privately held partnership between Next Healthcare USA Technologies Inc. and Medical Information Records, LLC. (developer of AnesthesiaOS, an award winning Anesthesia Information Management System). Headquartered at 9020 North Capital of Texas Hwy, Building 1, Suite 210, Austin, Texas 78759. HealthOS is a collaboration of North American pain physicians and information technology veterans.
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-844-527-4993. For media inquiries, contact Dr Ketan Patel or Andrew Bouchat.
For a quick overview, visit our websitePainCareOS.com.
1 BMC Public Health 2011, 11:770 doi:10.1186/