Let’s say you’re doing your best to help people in pain. They come to your clinic weekly, get a good meal, maybe some acupuncture, or they simply meditate with a group. They’re doing what they can to reduce their pain when it flares, hoping this recipe offered by your staff of clinicians is what’s going to resolve this ongoing, debilitating problem of regular physical pain.
They receive their treatment, and leave feeling better, back to their living space for another week. But what happens when they get home? That pledge they made about getting regular exercise, how is that going? The commitment to better sleep, to healthy foods, to practicing what they’re learning through your program. How is that going? How would you know?
We all want to do the right thing, until we don’t. How would anyone know if you just went out for a walk and got one small donut? Don’t the two balance each other out? And if I drink this soda, and pledge to “walk it off” later, who is to know if I fail to fit the exercise into my schedule?
Do I have to tell my caregivers the truth about my habits? How would they know if I just take one little opioid today, just because I’m not feeling my best?
Getting patients to comply with instructions around diet and exercise are one of the key frustrations of caregivers, and a seemingly insurmountable problem. When will people actually change their behavior? What will it take outside of life-threatening illness? Where is the support for making those changes even when no one is looking?
With CareSpace, patients have a virtual friend, an “assistant”, who’s in their corner and reminding the patient of their commitment to their health. Setting a goal to lose 25 pounds by regularly exercising? CareSpace is in your corner, notifying you of your commitment, asking for your input of your activities, sharing compelling information that will keep you motivated. It’s not Mom (who would want that), but rather it’s your virtual coach who helps you stick to your plan and keeps you from hiding.
Now let’s imagine you’re on a clinical trial for a new cancer drug. Your investment is in getting well, and the researchers behind the trial are invested in future patients using the treatment of the clinical trial. How would they know if it works, and why it works, when you may be seen only for a short time once in awhile? What about your daily lifestyle habits and practices influence the impact of the clinical trial? That data isn’t currently available, but with patients using CareSpace and engaged in documenting their sleep, eating, and exercise, a whole new set of variables come into play which can impact the efficacy of the clinical trial. How valuable is that data to the patient and to the researchers?
With patients wearing remote monitoring devices, connected by CareSpace, data about daily life can be factored into the analysis of the clinical trial. For example, patients who got more sleep and how that impacted their health on the trial would be a data point that is currently not captured.