President and CEO of Lucid Lane. Software technology expert and digital health advocate.
About 20% of adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain. Unfortunately, for those millions of people, doctors and researchers are learning that painkillers — from powerful opioids to over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen — may not actually reduce certain types of chronic pain or improve quality of life. Some painkillers, especially opioids, can also be highly addictive.
Some treatments for chronic pain begin by addressing the patient’s mental state — their beliefs about pain and the way those beliefs affect their behaviors. New technologies, including some powered by artificial intelligence, may also help make treatments for chronic pain more effective, accessible and affordable. As the president and CEO of a company that provides telehealth to people with pain and substance use issues, here are five things I believe AI and tech tools can