Dermatology 2013

Notes: Brandao, Flavia Vieira

Pereira, Ana Francisca Junqueira Ribeiro

Gontijo, Bernardo

Bittencourt, Flavia Vasques

eng

Brazil

2013/06/26 06:00

An Bras Dermatol. 2013 May-Jun;88(3):344-53. doi: 10.1590/abd1806-4841.20131855.

URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23793193

Author Address: Brasilia University (UnB), Hospital Universitario de Brasilia, Brasilia, DF, Brazil. flaviavieirabrandao@yahoo.com.br

 

 

Reference Type:  Journal Article

Record Number: 4323Author: Brewer, A. C., Endly, D. C., Henley, J., Amir, M., Sampson, B. P., Moreau, J. F. and Dellavalle, R. P.

Year: 2013

Title: Mobile applications in dermatology

Journal: JAMA Dermatol

Volume: 149

Issue: 11

Pages: 1300-4

Date: Nov

Short Title: Mobile applications in dermatology

Alternate Journal: JAMA dermatology

ISSN: 2168-6084 (Electronic)

DOI: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.5517

Accession Number: 24067948

Keywords: Attitude of Health Personnel

Cellular Phone/economics/*utilization

Computers, Handheld/economics/*utilization

Cost-Benefit Analysis

Delivery of Health Care/*trends

Dermatology/*trends

Humans

Internet

Mobile Applications/economics/*utilization

Patient Satisfaction

Skin Diseases/diagnosis/therapy

Telemedicine/economics/trends

Abstract: IMPORTANCE: With advancements in mobile technology, cellular phone-based mobile applications (apps) may be used in the practice and delivery of dermatologic care. OBJECTIVE: To identify and categorize the variety of current mobile apps available in dermatology for patients and providers. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Dermatology-related search terms were queried in the online app stores of the most commonly used mobile platforms developed by Apple, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, and Windows. Applications were assigned to categories based on description. Popularity, price, and reviews were recorded and target audiences were determined through websites offering online mobile apps. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES: Number, type, and price of mobile apps in dermatology. RESULTS: A total of 229 dermatology-related apps were identified in the following categories: general dermatology reference (61 [26.6%]), self-surveillance/diagnosis (41 [17.9%]), disease guide (39 [17.0%]), educational aid (20 [8.7%]), sunscreen/UV recommendation (19 [8.3%]), calculator (12 [5.2%]), teledermatology (8 [3.5%]), conference (6 [2.6%]), journal (6 [2.6%]), photograph storage/sharing (5 [2.2%]), dermoscopy (2 [0.9%]), pathology (2 [0.9%]), and other (8 [3.5%]). The most reviewed apps included Ultraviolet ~ UV Index (355 reviews), VisualDx (306), SPF (128), iSore (61), and SpotMole (50). There were 209 unique apps, with 17 apps existing on more than 1 operating system. More than half of the apps were offered free of charge (117 [51.1%]). Paid apps (112 [48.9%]) ranged from $0.99 to $139.99 (median, $2.99). Target audiences included patient (117 [51.1%]), health care provider (94 [41.0%]), and both (18 [7.9%]). CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: The widespread variety and popularity of mobile apps demonstrate a great potential to expand the practice and delivery of dermatologic care.

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