With cancer comes pain. Emotional pain, yes. But physical pain is a common symptom that can be complicated by the side effects of oral chemotherapy. Moreover, the subjective nature of pain makes it challenging for patients and their care providers to manage these dynamics, leading to pain crisis and expensive hospital utilization. So, we’re working to help cancer patients keep pain in check—with ePAL, a pain-tracking mobile app.

In collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine, Partners HealthCare Connected Health designed ePAL to help patients track their cancer pain and its associated complications between doctor visits. The app, funded by the McKesson Foundation’s Mobilizing for Health Initiative, coaches patients from the MGH Division of Palliative Care to improve their pain control and reduce hospital utilization by addressing barriers to pain management. With ePAL, patients will receive daily pain management tips as well as prompts to track their pain levels three days a week. From there, the app guides them through their symptoms and those with persistent or worsening pain get connected directly with the Division for further assessme

Partners Connected Health has also partnered with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to develop a separate mobile app supporting cancer patients through the complexities and side effects of oral chemotherapy. Together, the apps offer an accessible, proactive approach to common challenges faced in cancer care.

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