Dermatology apps offer opportunities and pitfalls

10/1/2013 | Reuters · iHealthBeat

Half of the more than 200 dermatology applications for mobile devices are made for nonphysicians, and only a few had obviously been developed by a medical professional, researchers report in JAMA Dermatology. Although the apps may help expand access to medical knowledge, patients risk getting inaccurate information, dermatologist and study leader Robert Dellavalle said. Eight of the apps can help connect patients in remote areas with dermatologists, others display the UV index at the user's location, calculate how long the user can stay in the sun without burning, and describe skin conditions' symptoms and treatments.

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