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.
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.
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.
The insurance for such a device is looked at completely differently than if it were human. This would be considered a piece of lab equipment and the false negative rates are measurable therefore it would be up to the user not the equipment to make the call of action required with a suspicious mole that the equipment marks as benign. Insurance rates would not be high for this one.
Yes, I agree they will help with early detection, Pubudu. I think what you mean when you say people won't have to go to the hospital is that they may catch something early enough that they won't get to that stage of the illness? If so, I agree. I still think people will need to consult doctors, though, and not just trust an app.
Thanks Elizebeth , This is really something that can help the humanity . We can see where the technlogy is moving . Technology has developed solutions to soo many diseases which once were considered to be uncurable . We can say that smart phones are working like wonders. Cant wait to see what next smart phone will bring in the world of technology .
No doubt these Apps can be very usefull to doctors . It saves there precious time which once was utilized in long and time consuming investigations. With the help of such Apps it becomes easy for doctors to focus on the main point without getting distracted and wasting time .
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.
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