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(AUGUST 14, 2019) - by Stephanie Stephens
Android users can choose from more than 2 million apps, while Apple offers 1.8 million, according to recent data. You need just a few to improve patient care and your life, says Daniel Mark Siegel, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate. He explained at the Atlantic Derm conference in Washington, D.C. in May.
This app isn't free, but it's worth your investment at the AAD member price of $319. It allows you to build a differential to evaluate possibilities, compare variations and improve diagnostic accuracy. It's a boon for dermatology.
"A dermatology-focused support system can narrow down the differential diagnosis," Dr. Siegel says. That may prevent you from ordering an unnecessary radiation study, an MRI or PET.
"You can look at the picture to determine what you think the patient might have, and the app also shows you diagnoses that could be life-threatening," he says. The app does offer the world's largest medical image library, peer-reviewed content, patient engagement tools and handouts, and educational webinars.
It's best known for its Sympticon to visualize symptoms.
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