App Of The Week: Get Answers To The Skin Condition Questions

Monday, November 5, 2018
Skin conditions can look different from person to person. That’s why looking for a diagnosis on Google, when some skin changes worries you, is not the best idea. What Google can’t, a new dermatological mobile app can. Aysa’s curated library of more than 120,000 medical images includes every skin color and type, and what each of 200 skin conditions can look like at every stage. The app is built on the resources of VisualDx, an award-winning clinical decision support system designed for healthcare workers to enhance diagnostic accuracy, aid therapeutic decisions, and improve patient safety. It draws on the experience of more than 47,000 physicians and nurses, and more than 137 million health searches. To protect the privacy, Aysa use Apple’s CoreML (machine learning). All the photos of the skin issues never leave the phone. Soon the user will be able to find a doctor and get telemedicine consultations as well. Aysa knowledge and recommendations are based on best available evidence ordered according to standard industry protocols, interpreted by expert opinion. Best available evidence is evaluated by source type, statistical validity, and clinical suitability. Content includes materials adapted from leading textbooks, literature review articles, PubMed, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Leading content sources are reviewed, as is medical literature in general, with ongoing targeted searches in MEDLINE and PubMed. Editorial contributors and staff follow a protocol from most to least evidence: from meta-analyses and systematic reviews of randomized controlled clinical trials to cohort studies to case-control studies to case series to individual expert opinions. Aysa is available for free on iOS.