What Makes the CPC Unique?
Thirty years of scientific research, the collection of thousands of patients’ perspectives, plus new technological tools, result in increased access to medical care, improved health outcomes and reduced costs for patients. This is the foundation for Community Health Focus Inc.’s newly created business model, the
Community Pain Center™ (CPC).
Unlike some sites, CPC content and messaging is not just based on the opinion of one well‑known “expert,” but rather it melds years of research as well as patients’ perspectives into its educational and practical offerings. The CPC provides a totally unique user experience where information flows in both directions. Our site provides high quality information about what is known about pain and its treatment, while we also provide a means for patients to tell the medical and research community what it is they want and need. All this in one convenient site.
The CPC has acquired proprietary software that was developed specifically for the chronic pain community. Jointly developed with input from patients, IT professionals, and medical experts, this software allows members to track a variety of symptoms and behavioral processes that can facilitate self-management and the sharing of that information with multiple health care providers, family or other community members.
sharing information they can guide
awareness and research efforts to find
answers and solutions for pain.
The CPC allows a user to personalize the site, so that it reflects the offerings that work best for him/her. As the CPC’s platform can expand both horizontally and vertically, there is a never ending opportunity to locate viable and appropriate products and services that will benefit and be of interest to the site’s membership.
For the first time, a patient can learn about a specific treatment and trust that the level of scrutiny the product or service has been subjected to meets the high standards of the chronic pain community. In the coming months balanced educational videos and written resources will accompany each of the services offered within the CPC, presenting the evidence (e.g., pro/con) of each offering. Presenting the evidence along with the product/service is a key value of the CPC.
Members of the CPC want to play a role in creating a better future and are concerned for others living with chronic pain. Unlike other patient populations that may prefer to remain silent about their health issues, people in pain often believe that by sharing information they can guide awareness and research efforts to find answers and solutions for pain.
option of participating anonymously in a
“living laboratory” from which new
approaches to managing pain
can be explored.
The CPC is a community destination where people of like interests and needs are brought together to support and motivate one another. Through the CPC’s STAR (Symptom Tracker and Reporter) program, members have the opportunity to track their level of pain and quality of sleep in a systematic way, so they can see how these symptoms change over time. They can meet and get to know others with similar interests and health issues through the Community Support Center. If they choose, they can also share resources and support. While some users may choose to meet their chronic pain neighbors living in their local community, others may choose to keep their identity anonymous.
Either form of membership is supported and valued within the community. As the CPC grows and adds new programs and services, its members will have the unique ability to interact in both the internal social network of the CPC as well as outside the community through the CPC’s Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and other social media platforms.
In addition to serving the needs of individuals living with chronic pain, the CPC also offers unique tools and information to researchers and others in the health care industry. The Community Pain Center software can provide invaluable information for informing the development of new treatment methods and health care delivery systems. Community members will be given the option of participating anonymously in a “living laboratory” from which new approaches to managing pain can be explored.