Digital & new technologies: tomorrow's solutions for pain? This is the question that was developed during the "Innovation against Pain" Workshop of the Analgesia Institute, organized as part of the Clermont Innovation Week. Speakers from different health and research sectors presented many innovative projects during this day on April 4th.
After the welcoming speech and the presentation by Prof. Alain Eschalier, President of the Analgesia Institute, the workshop began with a presentation by Célian Bertin, researcher at the NEURO-DOL team and member of OFMA, the French Observatory for Analgesic Drugs, on the use and misuse of codeine, through an analysis of social networks.
Alice Corteval, the Analgesia Institute's director, followed by a presentation of Analgesia's flagship project, the eDOL application. This application, designed in partnership with the company Bepatient and dedicated to chronic pain patients, allows more regular patient follow-up by the doctor, through daily analysis of pain and its impact, but also allows the patient to become an actor in the care. eDOL targets a real improvement in the patient's care path.
After a brief presentation of data mining and machine learning, Violaine Antoine, Senior Lecturer at LIMOS, focused on the AI approaches that will be applied to the data collected through the eDOL program. She also presented the important challenges that can be met thanks to a close collaboration between LIMOS researchers and the clinical experts of the Analgesia Institute (management of inter- and intra-individual variability, management of subjective and objective data, etc.).
The morning concluded with a presentation by Tanguy Perrin, co-founder of Deepsen, a company specialized in virtual reality applied to pain and anxiety management. This type of treatment, which could become an alternative to the prescription of analgesic drugs, is intended to be customizable and adaptable to the needs and desires of patients, who will be then use it independently, without the help of a caregiver.
Damien Talbot, from the IAE Clermont-Auvergne and the Clermont Recherche Management (ClerMa), launched the afternoon's interventions by presenting a study on the structuring of a health territory using a Big Data approach.
Sylvie Rousset, from INRA UNH, then presented the WellBeNet mobile application, a research application that evaluates lifestyles. Thanks to its different tools, the application analyses the physical activity and movements, but also the diet, as well as the emotions and perceptions…
Finally, Ludovic Samalin, from the University Hospital of Clermont-Ferrand and the Foundation Fondamental, addressed the subject of digital tools in the support of patients with mental illnesses, including a presentation of the various mobile applications currently under evaluation in France.
To close the workshop, Alban Van Landeghem, from Dassault Systèmes, delivered an analysis of the ethical issues related to the use of digital tools and data sharing in health. The issues of the use of private data, cyber-protection and limits to the use of artificial intelligence were discussed and debated during a round table held at the end of the presentation, moderated by Jean-Étienne Bazin.
The Analgesia Institute would like to thank all the speakers and participants of this day rich in exchange and sharing!