Swedish researchers test a smartphone based telemedicine platform for assessing sun exposure & risk of malignancy.
In a recent letter to the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Ferrero et al. noted several troubling issues with currently available mobile medical applications designed for dermatological purposes. Namely, in this case, the authors looked at an app called ‘Skin Scan,’ which was created to help with the identification and […]
In a recent study published in JAMA Dermatology, a group of researchers tested four smartphone applications designed to provide a melanoma risk assessment of skin lesions – with concerning results. They found that the sensitivity of the apps tested ranged from as low as 6.8% to 98.1% and specificity ranged from 20.4% to 93.7%. These […]
DoctorMole which was well received on Android has finally been released on iPhone (25th September). It brings the same advanced, real-time computer vision technology to scan your moles in real time and give you instant risk feedback on Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter and Risk (ABCDE).
DermLink impresses with a framework for delivering mobile telemedicine without neglecting patients, general practitioners and clinical specialists.
DoctorMole represents a fantastic step forward for telemedicine and teledermatology. Whilst this app is no substitute for professional medical advice, it is a great example of how mobile technology can positively impact community healthcare and preventative medicine. Perhaps the only drawback to this app is that there was no way to share the results/photos taken with the app with your family physician which would surely enhance the doctor-patient relationship.
University of Amsterdam performed a study to determine the effect of teledermatology on the efficiency, quality and costs of care when integrated into daily practice, following patient selection by a general practitioner (GP).
by: Brian Chau, MS3 The clinical process of evaluating suspicious skin lesions is often taught in medical school through the ABCDE method. Student physicians are taught to evaluate said lesions based on Asymmetry, irregular Borders, multiple Colors, Diameters > 6mm, and Enlarging lesion. Dermoscopy is a non-invasive, clinical examination of skin lesions with the aid […]
Color Atlas of Cosmetic Dermatology is an excellent reference resource for dermatologists who are looking for a complete yet concise guide to a wide range of cosmetic disorders. The user interface is focused and presents information covering diagnosis, treatment, and procedures in an easily accessible format.
Programs that deliver specialty care to underserved areas utilizing telemedicine are being launched all over the world. However a recent study published in the British Journal of Dermatolgy raises some questions about the limitations of this technology, particularly some unintended consequences that appear to have adverse patient outcomes. The study looked at a series of […]
Pocket Derm is a nice, simple app for people interested in learning about some common skin conditions. If you have access or a subscription to a more robust disease database app, you may no need for this app.
Getting a new medication or medical device approved in the United States requires embarking on path so nightmarish it makes Dante’s Inferno look like the yellow brick road. And while most clinicians and bureaucrats would agree that we need to find a better way, its not hard to imagine how we ended up with such […]