Volume 19 - Issue 10 - October 2011

Skin Scan, a consumer dermatology app, allows patients to take a picture of a mole and uses a mathematical algorithm to judge the potential danger of the mole. While consumer healthcare apps are designed to make patients more aware of health concerns and get them more involved in their own healthcare, the apps can also cause problems for patients who do not use them correctly or rely too heavily on advice generated from the app, dermatologists warn.