What’s new in Chronic Pain Tracker 3.6

Chronic Pain Tracker v3.6 – Released July 28, 2014

We just released the latest and greatest version of Chronic Pain Tracker to the App Store and suggest that all current users update to this version. It includes some great new features plus a couple of key bug fixes. Want to know what’s new? Well, lets take a look…

Fixes & Improvements

Database Restore bug

The most significant bug fix has to do with a problem related to restoring a database backup that was occurring with the 3.5.7 version of CPT. This bug caused the app to crash whenever you tried to restore a database using the “Dropbox Backup/Restore” features and/or the “Master DB to Device” feature in the Device-to-Device Sync service. Although it was possible to use iTunes File Sharing as a workaround to this bug, it was still a pain in the neck for users and we’re all glad to see it go.

Report Improvements

In addition, we’ve continued to work on improving various reports and graphs within the app. As an example, we changed the “Pain Range per Time of Day” graph in the Summary Report to use 12 2-hour “buckets” rather than the 4 6-hour “buckets” from previous versions. This should give you additional insight into how your pain levels are changing over the course of the day. We’ve also modified the color schemes of the reports to enable a bit more differentiation between the multiple report formats we now offer.

Feature Additions

Fatigue Tracker Entry ScreenFatigue Tracker

This latest Tracker allows you to track your Physical & Mental Fatigue Levels using a sliding scale for each. As with all of our Trackers, the data generated using this Tracker will then be used in a variety of analytical formats within the Diary History, Summary, Comparison, etc reports to show how your fatigue levels change over time and whether or not there is a correlation between fatigue levels and pain levels.

Comparison Report

Comparison Report

Comparison Report

We’re excited about this latest reporting format – the Comparison Report. You’re probably used to the situation: You go to your doctor’s visit and the first thing you get asked is, “Did that medication switch help with your pain?” or “How are you feeling now compared to before your surgery?” or “Did the physical therapy sessions reduce your pain levels?”

Now you can be prepared to address those questions with clear, concise, & graphical analytics by using the Comparison Report. This report let’s you compare your Tracker metrics from one period against another. So you could do the month before the medication switch vs the month after the switch. Or, compare the six months pre-surgery to the two months post-surgery.

The Comparison Report is similar to the Summary Report in that we divide the report into sections – one for each Tracker found in the report date range. In each section, you’ll find a series of graphs that compare the data from Period A to Period B.

We think this report will be a great compliment to the Diary History and Summary Reports that are already available in CPT. This report is included with the CPT PRO version and is available via In App Purchase with the CPT LITE version.

Weather Tracker Manual Location SelectionWeather Tracker Manual Location Entry

We had a few CPT users that had difficulty with the Weather Tracker because they lived in a location where the location services had problems providing accurate location information. Without a known location, the Weather Tracker wasn’t able to retrieve the weather details for their entry. With v3.6, those users can now manually define their location using a built-in mapping tool that let’s them zero in on their precise location. With this information, the Weather Tracker can then easily download their local weather conditions. Coming in a future CPT version, this feature will bring benefits for an even broader collection of users, but you’ll have to wait just a bit for those details.

Chronic Pain Tracker 3.5.4 adds new Reporting Options

CPT 3.5.4 became available on the App Store a couple days ago. If you haven’t already downloaded the update, we encourage you to do so. In addition to the normal bug fixes, we’ve added some new reporting options that you should be aware of. Here’s the low down on the new features…

New Calendar Report Option

Calendar Report Sample ImageOur iPad users have already become familiar with the Calendar based display of historical pain levels within the History tab view. This type of a display shows a standard monthly calendar which is overlaid with a colorful gradient which indicates the pain levels recorded during that period. Low pain levels will show green, moderate pain an orangish color, which rolls to redder tones to indicate more severe pain levels.

For each day of the calendar, a unique gradient is shown which takes the various diary entries from that day and builds the colors and positions based on when your different pain levels occurred throughout the day. Displaying the calendar in this way allows you to look at the big picture view as you get a sense of the overall pain level experienced for the month, while also letting you look at individual days to see how you pain levels varied from one part of the day to another.

CalendarReportSampleImageZoomNow we’ve made that graphical view a standard reporting option which you can generate for any period of time you’d like to see. For periods that span more than one month, multiple monthly graphs will be created and combined into a single report. You can either view those reports on screen or you can generate PDF output of the graphs.

In addition to showing the pain levels, we’ve also included markers on this report to indicate Milestone points that can be referenced as well. This way you’ll be able to indicate when medication changes or surgical procedures created an impact on your pain levels.

 

Expanded Weather Analysis

We have expanded the reports included in the Summary Analysis for the Weather Tracker to now include a study showing “Pain Range vs UV Index” and “Pain Range vs Lunar Phase”.

 

The “Pain Range vs UV Index” shows how/if your pain levels are effected by the UV Index – intensity of the sunlight – in your area during the reporting period. The UV Index is included in most weather data feed locations including the United States and parts of Europe.

Pain Range vs UV Index

The “Pain Range vs Lunar Phase” will show the pain levels experienced during the reporting period according to the phase of the moon. Some people believe that the lunar phase can have an effect on overall health and well being, and, perhaps, chronic pain as well. The pain levels analysis subdivides the lunar cycle into 8 standard phases and aggregates and averages the pain intensity levels reported during those periods.

Pain Range vs Lunar Phase

 

Medication Graph Addition – Daily Dosage vs Avg Daily Pain Level

Medication Taken Daily Dosage vs Avg Daily Pain LevelThis new graph for the Medication Taken tracker allows you to view a possible correlation between the amount of medication that is taken on a daily basis (eg. breakthrough pain meds) versus the average daily pain level for that day. As you might expect, the higher your pain levels on a given day, you will will probably see an increase in the amount of medication taken. This graph will show this relationship along with a trend line and correlation coefficient.

Although a correlation between these two statistics does not guarantee a causal relationship, it may still be a good indicator that you can use to review with your doctor.

 

 

Improved German Translations

We are also pleased to announce some significant improvements to the German translation of the app. One of our valued users contributed a significant amount of time towards helping us correct many of the terms and phrases used throughout the application so that it better fits conversational German. We will continue to make further enhancements to our translations where needed.

Consistent pain? Make entries simpler with “Copy Last”

Copy Last button in Tracker headerFor many of us, the locations and descriptions of our pain may not change too much from hour to hour or even day-to-day. In those cases, you can make the process of creating a Diary Entry more efficient by using the “Copy Last” functionality we’ve built into Chronic Pain Tracker. Let’s take a look at how it works…

One of the easiest ways of using this functionality is to use the Copy button that is included in the header section of each Tracker item. When you tap the button, CPT searches for the last entry using this Tracker and copies that data forward into your current entry. It can be a nice time saver during the entry process.

You’ll find that same Copy Last button in the header of every Tracker item, so whether it is Pain Descriptions (as shown in the image) or Pain Treatments, or Pain Locations, etc you’ll have the ability to copy your last entry’s data forward into the current entry.

Settings - Diary Preferences - Pain DescriptionIf you find that you are consistently using the Copy Last button, you can set that Tracker to automatically apply the Copy Last function whenever you use that Tracker. Basically, you’ll get a Tracker item with data already loaded rather than an empty Tracker whenever you use it in a Diary Entry.

To set this up, you need to go to the Settings tab and into the Diary Preferences section. Now select the Tracker you wish to adjust and look for the”Default from last entry” switch. Set it to ON and you’re all set. Next time you use this Tracker, it will automatically copy the info from your last entry.

I hope this tip helps those of you with consistent pain patterns to be more efficient in your use of Chronic Pain Tracker.

Enhanced comment entry for Diary Entries

With the v3.0.1 update of CPT, we included a refreshed comment entry dialog that should make adding comments to a Diary Entry much easier and more efficient. For those of you that haven’t noticed this feature, let’s have a quick look.

With the v3.0.1 update of CPT, we included a refreshed comment entry dialog that should make adding comments to a Diary Entry much easier and more efficient. For those of you that haven’t noticed this feature, let’s have a quick look.

Comment Entry FormComment Entry - Landscape

The first thing you’ll notice now with the comment entry is that as soon as you tap the Comment Tracker to begin an entry, the table cell morphs into a modal dialogue that includes the comment display area, the keyboard and an upper toolbar. This helps to isolate the comment entry area and prevents inadvertent touches outside the comment window which previously ended the entry session.

Along the toolbar, you’ll see four buttons. On the left is a “Clear” button which will clear the contents of the comment window. In the center, you’ll see a Font Size increase and decrease button. And, on the right side, you’ll see the “Save” button to end the comment editing session.

The first thing you’ll notice now with the comment entry is that as soon as you tap the Comment Tracker to begin an entry, the table cell morphs into a modal dialogue that includes the comment display area, the keyboard and an upper toolbar. This helps to isolate the comment entry area and prevents inadvertent touches outside the comment window which previously ended the entry session.

Along the toolbar, you’ll see four buttons. On the left is a “Clear” button which will clear the contents of the comment window. In the center, you’ll see a Font Size increase and decrease button. And, on the right side, you’ll see the “Save” button to end the comment editing session. If you prefer the larger Landscape format keyboard, just rotate your device and type away.

For those of you with an iPhone 4S, you can use the new Siri technology to create your comment via Siri’s dictation capabilities. If you look at the keyboard in the images above, you’ll see the small Siri Dictation microphone just to the left of the space bar. To start dictation, tap the mic button and begin speaking. You’ll see the Siri indicator blinking as it accepts your speech input. Once you’re done speaking, Siri will generate the text from your voice input. Note, an active internet connection is required for Siri functionality.

For upgrading Customers – Your old data is safe

There has been some confusion about whether or not existing pain entry data is maintained when upgrading to the new 3.0 version.

I want to make sure this is very clear:  You will NOT loose any data when upgrading to 3.0.

However, there is a process that must be followed to import the previous data into the new 3.0 format. We have a video that walks you through this process posted here: Intro for Upgrading Customers

When you are starting the 3.0 version for the first time, you are required to create a new Diary to hold your pain entries. There is a green button labelled “Import v2.x Data” that will allow you to import your legacy data. Just follow the steps and you’ll have all your data available to you in no time.

We apologize if this process wasn’t clear enough.

Chronic Pain Tracker 3.0 is here!

Hello All

It is my pleasure to announce that Chronic Pain Tracker 3.0 has been released in the AppStore for immediate download. Since the beginning in 2009,  Chronic Pain Tracker has evolved quite a bit. This version is a big step ahead and solidifies Chronic Pain Tracker as the most capable pain tracking tool available on any mobile platform.

With this release, we’re not just bringing more great features and reporting tools. This version also contains a new platform architecture that will allow our users to choose from a wider array of statistical Trackers and to build the content of their Diary Entries in a sort of building block fashion.

For Existing Users:

For existing users of Chronic Pain Tracker 2.5.7 and below, you can download the updated app from the App Store. You will need to be running at least iOS 4.2 in order to upgrade. We have included a migration tool within the application that lets you import all of your earlier data into the new 3.0 structure.

You can also view one of the brief videos we put together for you which describes the upgrade process and how to migrate your data into the new version.

For New Users:

Welcome to Chronic Pain Tracker 3.0. We’re sorry to hear that you need such a product, but we hope using CPT will enable you and your doctor to make better informed decisions about your healthcare. You will need an iOS device running iOS 4.2 or greater (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch)

CPT Connection

For the 3.0 release, we put together this new website dedicated to Chronic Pain Tracker and our users. We call it the CPT Connection and within it, you can find all sorts of great info including:

We’ll also be using the CPT Connection to keep you informed of changes and updates in the product. Plus, if you have ideas or want to see something new, let us know. We’d love to hear from you.
So get out there and start working with CPT 3.0!

Wendy

President
Chronic Stimulation, LLC