SENSR is a system of objective pain measurement tools for patients and doctors to better evaluate and understand pain. There are three components: a small adhesive sensor patch that the patient wears, a hand-held sensor wand that the doctor uses, and a visualization readout of the patient’s pain. With these tools doctors can better understand and prescribe pain management solutions, limiting the over use and over prescription of medications.
The United States alone consumes 80% of the global opioid supply. With an extreme consumption rate, pain would be anticipated to be lower than other areas of the world, however this is not the case. If pain is not decreased and overdoses on pain killers are at an all time high there must be another issue. This is why our team decided to look upstream to how we could intervene in the system.
John Boran Jr., Gustav Dyrhauge, Micah Lynn, André Orta, and Ellen Rose
Our system of tools is meant to aid the doctor in the assessment of their patient's pain, by eliminating the guessing. One of the hardest things for a doctor is being able to read their patients actual level of discomfort, and although the Wong Baker pain scale has been around for a long time it is not an adequate tool for objective minded people. Reading a patients emotions and being able to gauge if they are actually experiencing the pain they claim is not what doctors went to school for, nor do they wish to spend a long time with a patient.
What we have done is taken the guessing out and allowed for a simple way to collect a patient's pain data. At a scientific level, when the body experiences pain signals are rapidly sent from the location of the agitation to the brain. Our products will read the electric signals that the body would send to the brain and record them. The frequency of the signal will give us the magnitude of the pain.
Once recorded, the doctor can then prescribe certain medications based on the pain scale reading. This record not only gives the doctor a sense of how the patient is doing, but can be used as a check to make sure doctors aren't overprescribing or prescribing wrong medications as a malpractice. As another benefit patients who suffer from chronic pain or patients who would like to better manage their pain can use a wearable SENSR that will track their data, giving an even more accurate picture of pain change due to environmental, climate, and situationally based changes.
The initial goal for our team was to try to figure out a way that we could enable healthcare providers to treat pain responsibly while preventing and stopping opioid addiction. This was by no means a small problem and it took a lot of research and personal interviews with people who had acute and have chronic pain. From our findings we created user journeys, had brainstorming sessions, talked to doctors and professionals, and eventually came up with our first prototypes.