Advancing Pain Care for Veterans: Innovations in Interdisciplinary Pain Management, Telehealth, and Opioid Safety (402)

8:30–9:30 AM Sunday, March 1

The session will highlight innovations in pain care to expand access to pain specialty care and improve outcomes in the Veterans Health Administration. We will present strategies to improve collaboration between pain specialists and primary care providers including telehealth. We will also highlight the technological innovations that can assist pain providers to improve outcomes including dashboards and clinical decision support tools.

Interdisciplinary Pain Care for Veterans: The VA Stepped Care Model That Integrates Pain Specialty and Primary Care

Friedhelm Sandbrink

Telehealth for Pain: Bringing Pain Care to Veterans Everywhere

Timothy Dawson

Big Data and Predictive Analytics: Using Dashboards and Decision Support Tools to Advance Opioid Safety and Suicide Prevention

Elizabeth Oliva

Learning Objectives:

  • Review at least two strategies to coordinate care between specialty and primary care in an integrated stepped care model for pain.
  • Describe how to efficiently utilize telehealth for pain.
  • Discuss how dashboards and clinical decision support tools based on predictive analytics improve outcomes for patients with severe chronic pain and reduce risks such as opioid overdose and suicide.