Using Mobile Health (mHealth) Technology for the Management of Pain: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going


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There has been a rise in interest in remote monitoring of pain and other symptoms with mHealth technology designed to support individuals in making lifestyle changes needed to improve quality of life. Consumer demand for remote assessment programs, health ‘apps’ and sensors has far outpaced the science needed to understand their benefits and impact. For persons with chronic pain and providers who treatment them, mobile apps and activity monitors can help encourage behavioral changes including symptom monitoring, education, reinforcement of positive behaviors, and as tools to enhance patient-provider communication. In this webcast, the presenter reviews the literature on the use of web-based electronic pain assessment programs, smartphone pain apps, activity monitors, and telemedicine to help manage pain patients’ conditions remotely and that have the potential to decrease healthcare utilization. He details the content, face validity, reliability, usability, expense, and technical issues associated with the use of mHealth technology. He also presents recently completed studies that highlight the role of pain apps and artificial intelligence in clinical pain centers and describe findings from studies on the effects of a remote electronic pain assessment program and use of teletherapy in pain management. He illustrates how automated engagement incorporated into clinical care holds significant promise to solving problems of tracking patients remotely without disrupting clinical care. He presents how the future of healthcare and managing costs will require new approaches to engage the patient. This session helps to demonstrate how leveraging existing technologies holds significant promise to maintain effective communication with patients between visits while tracking and educating patients with real world decision-making that positively impacts healthcare.

Learning Objectives

•    Summarize evidence regarding the use of mHealth technology (smartphone apps, text messaging, activity monitors, telemedicine) in different clinical settings with special patient populations.
•    Describe the clinical challenges associated with using innovative mHealth technology for remotely monitoring and managing pain.
•    Discuss future areas of research designed to assess reliability, validity and feasibility of remote data collection and to improve compliance (2-way messaging, gamification) with use of mHealth technology among acute and chronic pain patients.



Robert N. Jamison, PhD

Dr. Jamison is a professor at Harvard Medical School with appointments in the departments of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, psychiatry, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. He balances his clinical duties with research and teaching. His recent research has focused on the examination of predictors of opioid abuse in chronic pain patients and he has been involved in interventional controlled trials to assess and manage those at risk for prescription opioid misuse. He is also research mentor to several attending physicians and graduate students and helps to coordinate clinical research within the Pain Trials Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has been principal investigator on a number of NIH-funded projects. He is currently on the editorial boards of five scientific journals. He has authored two books, and over 300 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and abstracts in the areas of behavioral medicine and chronic pain.

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