The most innovative Medical Apps of 2012

Augmented Reality Apps

DoctorMole and Hallux Angles

What are they?

DoctorMole is an app dedicated to assessing skin moles using the Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter and Risk (ABCDE) approach. Other apps offer similar functionality as well, such as  Hallux Angles, which uses medical images to construct angle measurements.

What was Innovative?

DoctorMole and Hallux Angles utilize the camera on your phone to take pictures of pathology and integrate them with Augmented Reality (AR). Using an algorithm integrating the ABCDE criteria, the DoctorMole app was able to use the camera and AR to determine the malignancy of a mole. Hallux Angles could use AR to take measurements and decide the Distal Metatarsal Articular Angle (DMMA), the Interphalangeal Angle (IPA) and the Halux Valgus Angle (HVA) — useful for orthopedic Physicians.

Why is it important?

One thing that must be clearly stated — DoctorMole shouldn’t be used in clinical practice or by patients — there isn’t enough data to determine the app’s accuracy. However, there is no denying these apps highlight the potential of Augmented Reality in medical apps and give a glimpse into the future.


iMedicalApps Review: Doctor Mole, Hallux Angles
iTunes: Doctor Mole ($3.99), Hallux Angles (Free)

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Discussion ( 8 comments ) Post a Comment
  • Thanks for recognizing Read by QxMD as one of the most innovative medical apps of 2012. At QxMD, we’re focused on enhancing knowledge translation and the adoption of evidence-based practice. We hope that ‘Read’ will help medical practitioners achieve this goal.

    QxMD Medical Apps | Daniel Schwartz
  • Thanks for thinking of my doctor mole app… Means a lot.

  • Yay for not a single Android app

    • Yep, unfortunate that most of these apps aren’t available for android. We tried to do a search through android but the medical section of android is definitely lacking in regards to innovative apps. Unfortunately almost all developers first go to iOS before going to android in the medical category — a good number ignore android altogether.

      Iltifat Husain, MD iMedicalApps Editor
      • Completely understandable. It is pretty frustrating to see what Android-users are missing out on, but I can tell that the tides seem to be changing; the number of decent medical apps currently in the Play store versus a year ago is fairly significant. When I first started looking into apps, I only had maybe 3-5 downloaded. Now, I have 20 or so. I’m hopeful this trend will continue.

        • I think with the rise of the number of apps available on Android devices, developers will eventually start targeting Android with more interest. I would not be surprised if next years review sees a significant difference in the apps presented.

          Timothy Aungst, PharmD iMedicalApps Editor
  • Great article iMedicalApps Team, although i think you dont mention to any app developed beyond US.


  • Thanks iMedicalApps! For you Android users out there, Docphin has an Android app as well!

    Derek (

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