The headline for this intrigued me and the app is even more interesting. While these types of technologies that help people self-detect and diagnose medical conditions certainly don't replace going to actual physicians for diagnosis, advice and treatment, they certainly can help us catch potential ailments earlier and go a long way to prevent serious illness or prolong our lives.
The app looks great. It can be further modified to scan the lesions and moles on runtime instead of taking picture of each area of your body and waiting for the response. It would be much faster if they could do it on runtime while we scan our body through it. As far as the availability is concerned, i think it should not be easily accessible to every person, but should be designated only to the medical staff, so that people don't misdiagnose their diseases without going to a proper doctor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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