Pain app being trialled for dementia

An app that analyses facial expressions to reveal whether a patient is in pain is being trialled by a federal government-funded service, Dementia Support Australia (DSA).

Developed by a partnership between Curtin University and an Australian company, ePAT Technologies Ltd, the app will be used by some 150 members of DSA’s response team who assist patients with severe behavioural issues as part of a world-first program.

Staff will take a short video of the patient’s facial expressions using their phone, and the TGA-approved app, PainChek, will pick up micro-expressions