Time for a new pain-relieving algorithm?
Millions of Americans thankfully maintain reduced pain through on-going interventions.
Guideline algorithms frequently limit the try something different escalation of interventions.
What happens to the people who do not respond as expected?
Did Silicon Valley thinking partially break the treatment-resistant pain barrier?
The AI revolution maintains Moore’s Law for continuously doubling capacity at half the cost. New computing algorithms are routinely unearthing new cause/effects relationships.
Traditional medicine is practicing the reverse of Moore’s law. It costs twice as much to get anything through to market for marginally better results. In pain relief, runaway costs (= U.S. military budget and rising) only achieve an opioid epidemic, declining life expectancy, and little pain relief.
As computer engineers, the current algorithm doesn’t make sense because it requires the presence of an active intervention. How can pain ever end that way?
Maybe we should invent a new algorithm to address that problem?
How would a new algorithm work?
· Apply the latest AI and computing technologies (quantum computing?) to terminate pain
· Provide the operator with actionable feedback - Did it work?
· Converge on resetting relief to continue without the intervention - Homeostasis?
Inputs, feedback, and outcomes?
Problem: treatment-resistant pain
Input: algorithmic adjustment of light wavelengths from PhotoMed’s device
Feedback: physiologic response within 60 seconds
Outcome: return of normal function - bug fixed?
Problem: Chronic pain frequently includes persistent abnormal skin temperatures suitable for algorithmic feedback.
Input: Computerized thermal imaging provides real-time feedback to the operator to adjust the therapy during the visit.
Feedback: Warming identifies the body’s acknowledgement of the therapy.
Outcome: Therapy can be stopped for the visit or may no longer be needed.
Lighter gray is warmer.
Why welcome hopeless cases?
Operators of PhotoMed’s new algorithm see things differently (like Schrödinger’s cat). See Example 1.
Most people do not have chronic pain.
Why does the body remain so long in an impaired state?
The bad news, PhotoMed’s algorithm doesn’t work in 2/3s of the treatment-resistant cases. However, beside disappointment, there are no side effects.
Two visits and 2 cents worth of electricity are enough to determine that the therapy probably won’t work for that patient.
The good news, improvement in 1/3 of the cases is whole lot better than zero.
PhotoMed Technologies’ team developed its Instant Feedback System™ for practitioners to prompt, observe, and collect details in Silicon Valley style.
Let computers, big data, and AI connect the dots among treatments, responses, and outcomes. Feedback, usually no response, arrives in 60 seconds after therapy begins.
The responses puzzled our anesthesiologist and neurologist advisors.
They asked, how could the therapy prompt so many seemingly different disorders to suddenly conclude?
We don’t have a clue. It just does.
Is it really the return to homeostasis?
For patients, the return of function is all the evidence they need.
Evidence that homeostasis has resumed accrues while improved functions persist after therapy ends.
PhotoMed’s team still receives thank-you notes from people who experienced their releasing event more than a decade earlier.
Does the resumption of homeostasis account for the unexpected responses?
· Warming 10°C with continuing comfort
· Returning sensation lost for years to diabetes
· Moving comfortably through a previously painful range-of-motion
· Restarting of non-healing wounds.
Could PhotoMed’s therapy be a yet not understood catalyst for the return of homeostasis after 20-30 years?
What is different about the PhotoMed device?
For 150 years, practitioners used visible light to benefit their patients. Today, red and IR dominate. They still argue over which color is best.
Overlooked, they were talking about different people with each color in considered in isolation.
Does the patient care which color prompted their relief or restored function?
PhotoMed’s team wondered, is it one, two, or a sequence of wavelengths needed by the body to resume homeostasis?
Silicon Valley’s quest for speed inspired PhotoMed’s therapy. Why not vary the wavelength during therapy?
Only the Vari-Chrome® Pro varies the wavelength during therapy.