Yes, you're probably right, Chuck. I can imagine a situation in which it would come to someone wanting to sue an app (or the app's designers or company that owns it), but it also would be a sad state of affairs, in my opinion, if this were to happen. People are always looking for someone to blame. That's why I think these type of apps would be good to use but ONLY as possible early detectors or for preventitive health benefits. In NO WAY would they replace real doctors and real diagnoses.
That is a good question, Chuck. And I can understand why it's not a joke. I wonder who would be reponsible in this case. The company that designed the app? The company distributing the app? Interesting to ponder.
Indeed, Lou, that's exactly what I was thinking with my comment. Apps like this will really help "triage" people in a way, allowing doctors to be more focused on the problem at hand without wasting too much time looking for what's wrong with someone. It is such a worthwhile advancement.
In many cases (but not all), a dermatologist can eyeball a mole for a second or two and know if it's potentially dangerous. So it makes sense that an app like this one might be able to do something similar and, as naperlou, points out, allow the doctor to concentrate on more complex medical issues.
Elizabeth, while the doctor is still important, it is devices like this that will help "filter" patients so that the doctor can concentrate on dealing with the situation. We need to make doctors more efficient and apps like this can bring data to the doctor that is already.
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