Apple CEO Tim Cook isn’t a doctor, but he talked about a piece of medical software, VisualDx, during Apple’s most recent earnings call.
It was an interesting choice of an app to highlight. Apple has deep ambition to break into the health and medical worlds, but although VisualDx is available to consumers through the Apple App Store, it’s not really an app for the public. It’s targeted at trained and credentialed doctors who can use it to help diagnose skin conditions and disorders.
This fall, the app has gotten a new trick – it can use an iPhone’s camera and machine learning to automatically identify skin conditions, or at least narrow down what they could be. Snap a picture in the app, and it will return a list of conditions the rash could be, based on decades of medical research.
“VisualDx is even pioneering new health diagnostics with Core ML, automating skin image analysis to assist dermatologists with their diagnoses,” Cook said.