dermatology

By Dave Muoio August 6, 2018
The early days of dermatology apps were fraught with controversy, but the more recent attempts at digital skin examinations have seen some success thanks to advances in machine learning (ML) technologies. But while the benefits of clinically-validated automated screenings are easy to imagine, a recent article published in JAMA Dermatology suggests that the training methods for these algorithms...
By Dave Muoio February 13, 2018
Clarify Medical will be debuting its handheld, smartphone-connected phototherapy device later this week at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, according to a statement. The technology powering the Home Light Therapy System received FDA 510(k) clearance last June, and is to be used in the treatment of skin diseases including psoriasis, vitiligo, and eczema. “The Clarify System...
By Dave Muoio October 23, 2017
Teens and adults battling severe acne now have a new tool to follow their transition toward unblemished skin. Sun Pharma, makers of severe acne medication Absorica (isotretinoin), have released a companion mobile app to help dermatological patients manage their treatment and assist with medication adherence. In addition, the app’s “My Progress Tracker” feature uses the phone’s camera to regularly...
By Dave Muoio September 18, 2017
Engineers participating in a hackathon last weekend demonstrated an artificial intelligence that they say could someday detect cancerous moles, TechCrunch reports. Although the program is currently in its infancy, the team hopes that enough user submissions could allow Doctor Hazel to predict skin cancer with at least 90 percent accuracy. After one day and thousands of image downloads, the AI is...
By Jonah Comstock June 6, 2017
San Diego-based Clarify Medical has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its core technology, a handheld, smartphone-connected phototherapy device for treating various skin conditions.  “This is a major milestone,” CEO James M. Sweeney said in a statement. “We look forward to offering Clarify Home Light Therapy to patients throughout the country, beginning in November. It offers an in-office therapy...
By Heather Mack January 26, 2017
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, with some 5.4 million cases in the United States each year, and it’s also the most treatable as long as it is detected in the early stages. However, not everyone has the same access to dermatologists that could offer such promising prognoses, so a group of Stanford researchers set out to change that by creating an algorithm that can visually detect...
By Heather Mack August 25, 2016
San Diego, California-based Curology, which offers prescription skincare products based on smartphone photos and an online questionnaire, patient-provided information, raised $15 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Advance Vixeid Partners, with participation from prior investors Sherpa Capital and Forerunner Ventures. The funding will be used to expand Curology’s offering: an end-to...
By Jonah Comstock July 6, 2016
New York City-based SkyMD has officially launched its B2B teledermatology offering today, following a “soft launch” in October.  “If you look at our history, we launched into beta in March of 2015, so we've been live in some ways for a little over a year now,” CEO Eric Price told MobiHealthNews. “In our first few months we were very sort of closed, we were only working with 10 doctors to kind of...
By Jonah Comstock March 11, 2014
Lead Researcher Dr. Paul Porter dons Google Glass in a video from RI Hospital's website. Rhode Island Hospital has begun a feasability study using Google Glass to provide dermatology consultations to patients in the emergency room. For six months, emergency room patients who require a dermatology consult and consent to the study will be examined by ER physicians wearing a stripped-down version...
By Jonah Comstock September 27, 2013
There are 229 dermatology-focused medical apps in the Apple, Android, Blackberry, Nokia Windows app stores, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology. More than half of the apps are patient-facing (51 percent), with 41 percent targeted at health care providers and 8 percent aimed at both groups. The authors excluded certain apps form...