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A revolutionary, new app developed by a Yorkshire technology company looks set to ease the burden on the NHS and improve lives for the millions of people across the UK experiencing pain on a daily basis
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PainSense Makes Sense for NHS and Pain Sufferers

A revolutionary, new app developed by a Yorkshire technology company looks set to ease the burden on the NHS and improve lives for the millions of people across the UK experiencing pain on a daily basis.

The PainSense app, currently available free-of-charge to patients in the Leeds area, is already contributing to an improved service.

Painsense has been created by Saltaire-based ADI (Advanced Digital Institute). It is currently being used within the healthcare sector in the Leeds and West Yorkshire area, and could be rolled out across the UK within the next six months.

The downloadable app provides real-time information from pain sufferers to their GPs in order to improve services to people with persistent pain and significantly reduce the need for a patient to visit the GP or hospital.

Dr Jamie O’Shea of Leeds West NHS CCG commented: “The Pain Toolkit app has recently been introduced in Leeds to encourage supported self-management of persistent pain. Though it is still early days I have introduced this app to several patients who have unanimously provided extremely positive feedback and I am very confident we will see improved outcomes for this cohort of individuals.”

A PainSense app user commented: “For people like me who have suffered for years, Painsense gives you strategies to follow so you can cope better with the pain.”

Huw Jones of ADI commented: “The App has been developed with patients and healthcare professionals over a 2 year period. So far the reaction has been positive.

“It could well revolutionise the doctor patient relationship for the estimated 8 million people in the UK suffering with pain. The app includes two pain management plan pathways in the form of the established Pain Toolkit, which contains a wealth of information and assessment tools, and the Pain Management Plan that helps the patient structure a plan to manage their experience of pain.

“From the patient’s perspective it is very easy to use once downloaded to their smart phone or tablet and gives them the knowledge, skills and resources to manage their persistent pain.

“Hospital doctors who last year received 35 referrals per week for the treatment of pain have seen that reduced to 12 per week since the introduction of this technology enabled pathway,” added Huw.

ADI was founded in 2006 as a research and development innovation agency by Yorkshire Forward. In 2010, with the disbandment of Yorkshire Forward, the company became independent and has gone on to win a host of awards for its work in technology and healthcare with private and public sector clients around the world.

For more information visit PainSense or download the app from the iTunes App Store or Google Store.

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