Fern Health has announced the expansion of its collaboration with US’ Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the MGH Center for Innovation in Digital HealthCare (CIDH) to develop digital pain management platforms.

With the latest multi-year partnership, MGH will authorise emerging Fern Health product lines, test new products in a clinical setting and investigate novel scientific approaches to pain management.

Fern Health joined forces with MGH last year. The company’s latest product suite includes an evidence-based, digitally delivered musculoskeletal (MSK) pain management programme.

The programme was developed by experts from MGH along with clinical collaborators at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network.

The biopsychosocial pain management solution was validated with the clinical rigor of MGH’s research enterprise.

Fern Health CEO Travis Bond said: “At least half of the population suffers from physical pain and its cascade of effects across social, mental and emotional well-being.

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“This initiative marries science, clinical rigor, artificial intelligence and incredibly rich historical patient data sets with digital care delivery.”

The collaboration plans to advance pain management using digitally-delivered personalised exercise therapy, education, and health coaching.

Unlike traditional pain management platform that delivers treatment in-person, the novel platform delivered digitally can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

Moreover, with this expansion of the collaboration, Fern Health will gain access to substantial clinical and scientific data needed for expansion into other digitally delivered pain management platforms.

Based on predictive analytics and expansive MGH data set of ten million de-identified patient records, Fern patient treatment plans will be personalised and evidence-based and outweigh the ‘one-size-fits-all’ pain management platforms limited to publicly available data or their own user data.

The collaboration will form the foundation from which Fern will launch new products and services rooted in collaborative care aimed at treating the whole person across physical, emotional, and behavioural considerations.

MGH pain physician and digital health advisor Mihir Kamdar said: “Evidence-based models of care are still rare in digital health solutions even though they have the potential to address these gaps and give clinicians innovative and effective care options for their patients.”