Purpose of App Review
- to review the features of the SpotCheck app
- to assess the dermatologist review functions
Liver spots, moles, silly little bumps and stains that will not go away–have you ever wondered what your skin “thing” is?
Maybe you are concerned that it is melanoma – should you get it checked out? The SpotCheck 2 app was developed to allow users to send their “spots” to dermatologists for their review and advice, without having to initially go to the doctor’s office.
With your first use of the app, you are prompted to secure the app with a pin. You can change this and other features in the Settings section.
The final portion of the Home screen accesses a small number of images of moles and non-moles.
To submit a Spotcheck, choose to start a new SpotCheck. Currently, the ability to submit a SpotCheck is limited to residents of California, New York, and New Jersey. If you do not live in those areas you get a message that the app is not currently accepting submissions.
If you live in one of those lucky three regions, you are prompted to submit a photo of the questionable mole and state whether you have noticed changes in the mole and whether there are symptoms associated with the mole.
- The app is free, but the submissions cost $4.99
- provides guide to what moles look like, as well as other spots
- explains how to use the app and how the app works
- keeps track of spot checks
- referral to nearby dermatologists
- PIN protection for app
- response to submission within 24 hours per the developer’s specifications
- not available in all locations (only in California, New York, and New Jersey as of time of publication)
- does not explain how dermatologists are chosen or compensated for their guidance
- unclear how your medical information is treated during or after submission
Patients that may benefit from app
- Patients concerned about particular skin findings and who realize that app image-based diagnosis has limitations
- SpotCheck2 app provides quick, triage-type of assessments of body moles. While the app and the guidance it provides (pictures of moles, description of melanoma) is free, the submission and results are not. This is less likely to be cost-effective for those with multiple moles.
Availability on Android
- As of publish, not currently available
- Yes, for patients who understand limitations and plan to follow-up
1. User Interface – 4. Straightforward interface with easy to navigate screens
2. Multimedia usage – 3. Utilizes pictures for demonstrating moles; also good-quality graphics.
3. Price – 2. App is free, but submission is fee-based.
4. Real world applicability – 2. Given the cost and stable nature of most skins lesions, unlikely to use this on a daily basis.
App version: 2.0.1
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad; optimized for iPhone 5.
Requires: Requires iOS 5.1 or later
Tested on: iPhone 4S
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your healthcare provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or healthcare provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your healthcare provider.