Medtronic has announced the launch of CareGuidePro, a new mobile application and web portal that serves as a virtual guide for patients throughout their spinal cord stimulation therapy journey.
The patient’s care team, including physicians and Medtronic, may also use the CareGuidePro platform to help manage and support the patient’s experience with spinal cord stimulation.
A company press release explains that patients also have the ability to record their pain relief and other feedback directly into the app, providing detailed Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) to ensure timely, essential information is recorded and accessible even outside of in-person office visits.
Krishnan Chakravarthy, a San Diego-based interventional pain management physician and the first physician to use the technology with patients, said: “Pain management is a complex and intensely personal experience for individual patients. Every patient is a singular case.
“The ability to monitor patients more closely, to receive data and feedback more quickly, means we can adjust and adapt therapies more efficiently and effectively when needed. This is an important step forward for the field of neuromodulation and patient care.”
According to Medtronic, CareGuidePro features include:
- Caregiver access for patients less familiar or able to manage the app, enabling easy access to essential information
- Procedure-specific FAQs and task lists/reminders
- Standardized and Custom Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) surveys
- Secure sharing of PROs to keep entire care team informed
- Secure, encrypted two-way communication and file-sharing
Medtronic is currently enrolling patients for the app’s limited commercial release, with a full United States release expected in late summer. CareGuidePro is available on iOS® and Android™ devices.