Mobile apps cover a wide range of topics and services in dermatologic care. Providers can use these apps in the daily practice to improve patient care, mainly as diagnostic and educational tools.
The patients can use them for self-examination, from acne to moles, or to manage and track chronic dermatological diseases, such as psoriasis.
Here we list some dermatology apps that both patients and healthcare professionals may find useful.
Dermatology Apps For Doctors
Dermoscopy Two Step Algorithm App
Dermoscopy Two Step Algorithm app is intended to help dermatologists interpret the dermoscopic patterns seen with their dermatoscope.
As it s name suggests, the app is based on the 2-step algorithm that helps providers determine whether the lesion is a melanocytic or not. This algorithm increases the ability of skin cancer detection with greater accuracy, thus decreasing unnecessary biopsies, or missing early melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.
Dermoscopy Two Step Algorithm app contains over 80 photos and charts to help providers make the diagnosis, as well as 50 interactive cases to solve.
The app is available for free on Android and iOS.
MyDermPath+ app is developed by American Academy of Dermatology as a comprehensive resource for dermatologists and Dermatopathologists.
The app features interactive algorithms for generating differential diagnosis using a clinicopathological approach, which has the potential to improve diagnostic accuracy.
Dermatologists can use the app to search via diagnosis or move forward and backward within algorithms, follow algorithms for immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence and special stains, and review histological and clinical images.
MyDermPath+ app also features multiple-choice quiz so users can test their knowledge.
The app is available for free on iOS and Android devices.
VisualDx app helps medical providers make differential diagnoses of visually identifiable diseases based on patient-specific findings and images.
The app is both decision support and clinical reference tool with the database containing around 30,000 images covering more than 1,000 pediatric and adult conditions.
VisualDx app requires a subscription, either individual or institutional, with two pricing options: "Essentials" for $19.99/month or $199.99/year, and the "Complete" package that costs $29.99/month or $299.99/year.
However, subscribers can use the app on a 30-day free trial, with the option to cancel the subscription at any point during the trial.
Figure 1 is often being called an Instagram for medical photos. It is a free, crowdsourced medical image sharing app for health care practitioners worldwide allowing them to access a plethora of medical images made and shared by other users, which could help them identify new clinical pathologies.
Of course, a huge share of images in Figure 1 app shows dermatologic conditions.
The app is available on Android and iOS devices.
Clearpath app provides an array of continually changing slide cases and images to help a pathologist review new presentations of histological images. This is, according to the app's creators, the best way of learning Dermatopathology, because the textbooks are limited by the number of images they can contain, while the Clearpath library of images and slides is constantly changing and expanding.
Clearpath app combines an interactive, touch-enabled image atlas, powerful microscope viewer, and dermatology-board simulated exam module.
In the time of our review, the app's cost was $49.99, but it was made free meanwhile. The app is still available only on iOS.
Our score: 88%
Dermatology Apps for Patients
Dermatology A-Z App
Another app by American Academy of Dermatology in this list is intended for a general audience (patients) looking for skin health information.
The app provides quick access to evidence-based, dermatologist-approved health care information for skin care and health, expert insights on diseases affecting skin, hair, and nails, and the latest medical and cosmetic treatments, and real time UV Index based on the phone GPS.
Smartphone GPS system is also used for Find A Dermatologist feature that enables patients to find dermatologists in the area (home and away).
The app is free and it's available on Android and iOS.
Spruce app connects patients with a board-certified US dermatologists for the remote diagnosis and treatment of a range of skin conditions including acne, anti-aging, male hair loss, rash, eczema, psoriasis, bug bites and stings. Each visit costs $40, the majority of which goes to the physician, and it includes diagnosis, personalized treatment plan and 30 days follow-up messaging.
Basically, Spruce app allows patients to securely submit photos and information to a board-certified US dermatologist, and within 24 hours, a doctor would send a diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.
The app is free to use on Android and iOS, however, visits cost $40.
Doctor Derm App
Doctor Derm app is created by a board certified dermatologist, as a complete guide to dermatology written in easy to understand language and intended to the general public.
The app features 240 dermatologic diseases with detailed descriptions and treatments, supported by over 440 high-quality photographs. There are also 40 drugs and treatments described and an extensive glossary of dermatologic terminology.
Doctor Derm app also uses phone GPS to help users find an osteopathic dermatologist in their area, along with the address and phone number.
The app is free to use, but it's only available on iOS.
Our score: N/A
MoleScope app is a tracker app featuring 3D body map that helps users monitor their moles, lesions and skin changes over time, and identify suspicious moles, standalone or connected to MoleScope dermoscopy device.
Users can archive images and store their records in a secure cloud, and be reminded about check-ups and follow-ups. The app also features ABCD of Melanoma featuring educational images used for skin analysis.
MoleScope app also allows users to tele-consult with experts and specialists, which are all board certified.
Medical professionals can use the app as well, particularly DermEngine, which is, according to its creators, the world's most advanced skin analytics system.
Molescope app is free to use on iOS and Android.