Keeping up with melanoma apps

Some are set to surpass the average doctor in diagnostic ability

The medical profession should take advantage of the improved diagnostic capacity of melanoma apps rather than fearing them, argue two dermatologists in a journal opinion piece. 

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Patients already seek technological solutions to medical problems and expect the profession to keep up, says UNSW’s Dr Lisa Abbott and Clinical Associate Professor Saxon Smith.

And they will need guidance on what’s reliable and accurate and what’s not, they add.

The authors cite a recent study of four commercial diagnostic melanoma apps that reported sensitivities ranging