According to preliminary data from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care‘s pilot program with Kaia Health, those using the app-based pain-management approach reported a 40% decrease in their pain level and a 58% increase in their sleep quality.

As part of the pilot program, employees at three Harvard Pilgrim Health Care employer groups — the City of Lynn, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Jordan’s Furniture — used the Kaia Health app, which provides customized exercises using artificial intelligence and motion-tracking technology to help individuals relieve their back pain.

“Our partnership with Kaia Health provides Harvard Pilgrim with an opportunity to test a unique digital program directly with our members. By providing access to non-opioid approaches to managing painful conditions, Harvard Pilgrim is seeking to help its members avoid prescriptions for opioids, which we know can lead to substance use disorder in some individuals.”

— Michael Sherman, MD, chief medical officer at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Key Metrics from the Pilot Study

Key metrics from the app, such as self-reported pain level and sleep quality, showed the following as of July 2020:

  • At the start of using the app, 80% of users showed a clinically relevant impairment of movement
  • Among those suffering the most from pain (more than 4 on a pain scale of 10), they reported a 40% decrease in pain level and a 58% increase in quality of sleep
  • Among all users, they reported a 35% decrease in pain level, 59% increase in quality of sleep, and 92% overall user satisfaction

“With Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, we have found a forward-thinking partner that deeply cares about the seamless integration of our solution into their clinical landscape, and providing excellent care for their members. We are excited about working together to serve their members.”

— Jonas Duss, US CEO and co-founder of Kaia Health

[Source: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care]

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