We learned about ReliefInsite.com at a recently held Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco. The website is touted as a secure online pain management service, for both the physician and the patient.
Here’s how it works. A patient logs in to keep a record of his pain with all kinds of associative descriptions, factors and modifiers: standard pain score, pain distribution, terms describing his/her pain, modifiers like meds taken, physical activity performed, etc. The site is based on AJAX, the same technology that GMail is using, hence there is a two way communication with a server without many page reloads. The interface is intuitive on both patient and physician’s ends. It should also be noted, that Fred Eberlein, founder and CEO of ReliefInsite.com, tells Medgadget that their service is in full compliance with HIPAA, and is extremely secure.
During the conference and at home, we checked out all of the ReliefInsite service modules:
The website also features reminders, as well as powerful standard and fully customizable reports that one can view, print or save on the computer.
In terms of expense, the site is free for MDs/DOs. Everything is included: case management, reports, etc. The basic patient diary is also free. Premium service for patients is a reasonable $6.95 for 1 month; $29.95 for 6 months; or $49.95 for 1 year.
Your correspondent, an anesthesiologist, felt that such a service can simplify your clinical life, whether by improving patient care through improved productivity, or by allowing patients to take charge and record a very subjective vital sign, pain. Also, what I liked was the ability to run reports and always to come back in time and to show a patient’s previous pain levels, drugs taken, etc, and to adjust meds or therapies based on hard data from the past.
We highly recommended this sophisticated service for pain docs, surgeons, OB-Gyn specialists, spine care docs, oncologists, and everyone in between.
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