PainChek, the company behind the world’s first artificial intelligence-powered pain assessment tool, has reported a 150 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of beds in UK residential care homes using its technology.
The company has now conducted over 3,000,000 digital pain assessments worldwide, with 70,000 aged care beds now contracted worldwide, representing a 96 per cent increase on the previous year.
PainChek is the world’s first regulatory cleared medical device for the assessment of pain, enabling best-practice pain management for people living with pain in any environment, from those who cannot reliably self-report their pain, to those who can, and for those whose ability to self-report their pain fluctuates.
Recent adopters of the PainChek technology in the UK include the London Borough of Enfield, which will be funding PainChek across 80 care homes consisting of 1,900 beds, Exemplar Healthcare, TLC Care, Angel Care, and Royal Star & Garter.
PainChek is being trialled by several care providers including the UK’s largest care home provider, HC-One, across three homes in Wales as part of an evaluation of a potential broader rollout across Wales.
This year, PainChek partnered with Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) to support the 2023 review of a national pain management policy designed to help improve pain assessment and management in those who cannot reliably self-report their pain.
PainChek’s Tandeep Gill said: “Our latest figures reflect the value of the PainChek technology in UK care homes as well as worldwide. Reaching over three million pain assessments is a real milestone for us – each individual assessment brings more objectivity and consistency to evaluating and managing pain, whilst making a real difference to the lives of those suffering from pain.
“In the UK, we have been rapidly growing our network of clients and technology partners. To support rapid growth and increasing demand for PainChek, the UK team has built further capacity for customer education and training by partnering with Ark Assessment Limited. Through the partnership, pharmacists will deliver dementia education and pain management training using PainChek as part of their medication management service for aged care homes. We look forward to continuing to work closely with our partners in the UK and around the world to support best-practice pain management for more people around the globe.”