KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s that time of year when we start baring more skin and noticing more bumps, rashes and troubling spots. Your doctor may be more apt to give you a correct diagnosis with an app.
“My arm just seemed like it had a larger rash on it before, and I thought it was eczema,” says patient Holly McKinney.
Dr. David Voran of Truman Medical Center Lakewood doesn’t think it’s eczema. But the family practice doc knows skin conditions can be tricky to diagnose.
“My guess is that on the primary care side, 30 to 40 percent of the time, we may have picked the wrong one from our fund of knowledge,” says Dr. Voran.
To improve his accuracy, Dr. Voran adds an app called VisualDX. It’s just for medical professionals. He inputs the symptoms, the location on the body and other details. The app produces photographs that can lead to or help confirm the doc’s diagnosis.