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The PainChek App is a mobile application that is downloaded from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and it is generally used in much the same way as any other app.
Devices running the PainChek app should be used, charged, maintained and disposed of according to the standard instructions provided its manufacturer.
PainChek is a software system which is comprised of the following components:
a) Mobile Application (the App)
b) Web Admin Portal (the website)
PainChek is intended to be used to assess and monitor pain in people who cannot verbalise such as people with dementia or communication difficulties
PainChek is a point-of-care App which uses a smart-device camera to capture a short video of a person’s face, this is then analysed in real-time using facial recognition technology to detect nine muscle movements - these are indicative of the presence of pain. This data is then combined with non-facial pain domains including movements, behaviours and vocalisations and inputted into the App to allow the automatic calculation of a pain severity score. The App has a graphing function which allows monitoring the person’s pain over time.
All users must thoroughly read and comprehend this user manual.
If any aspect of this user guide is unclear or you have any questions about the use or suitability of the app, seek assistance from the support team (via firstname.lastname@example.org) before using the application.
PainChek can only be used on supported devices running the iOS 10 or above mobile operating system.
You should keep the operating system up-to-date and download the latest official patch versions from Apple when they are made available to the public.
PainChek is supported on the following devices:
- iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S+
- iPhone 7, iPhone 7+
- iPhone 8, iPhone 8+
- iPhone SE
- iPad Mini 4
- iPad (2017)
- iPhone X
- iPhone XS
- iPad Mini 2019
Although PainChek is yet to be formally tested on the following devices, we anticipate these devices will be supported in the near future:
- iPhone XS Max
- iPad Air 2
PainChek can only be used on supported devices running the Android mobile operating system: version 6.0 and above.
You should keep the operating system up-to-date and download the latest official patch versions from Google when they are made available to the public (version 5.0 as of November 2014).
The supported devices are:
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The app is designed to be used indoors, in areas with good lighting. As the PainChek app relies on using the camera of the device, good lighting (such as you would find in an office) is essential to ensure consistent results.
The app relies on internet connectivity in order to synchronise the data collected on the app with the data stored in the PainChek cloud database. The app can use WiFi and/or mobile (cellular) data connections. Please follow the standard instructions from the manufacturer or from your organisation in order to set-up internet connectivity on your device.
You do not need to be continuously connected to the internet in order to use the app, but you do when you are:
- Downloading the App from the App Store
- Setting up the app for the first time
- Logging onto a device using a username and password (quick sign in can be used offline)
- Synchronising data between your device and the PainChek cloud database
Updating the PainChek App
It is recommended that the PainChek app up is kept up-to-date. If a new version is released onto the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, your device will notify you automatically. You should download the new version as soon as is practical.
Warnings and Cautions
Automated and Manual Facial Assessments
The App requires that patients be reasonably still and co-operative in order to record a video of sufficient duration to allow for an automated facial assessment.
It might not be possible to perform an automated facial assessment due to:
- The patients face not being clearly visible
- The patient moving too much
- Lighting being of poor quality
- The patient preferring that they are not recorded
In any of these circumstances, a manual assessment should instead be performed.
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