Incredible technologies & the future of Dermatology

We’ll continue discussing how technology and certain doctor’s app are shaping way for dermatology of tomorrow in second part of the series.


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A lot is going on in dermatology and medical professionals need preparing themselves in advance for the upcoming change driven by technologically. Smart algorithms carry the potential to diagnose skin cancer; dermatologists are consulting patients online via doctor’s app whereas 3D printers can print synthetic skin to overcome tissue deficiency. Let’s dive in the world of dermatology and how technology is changing the industry with future perception.

Skin guard’s the entire body yet exposed to a hostile world

Everything’s imprinted on our skin. From a tiny spot, wrinkle, lines and skin colour, all tell a different story which goes beyond the medical regime. The amazing organ works as a litmus paper that tells if one’s having a particular disease. For instance, people with red blood cell deficiency look pale, patients suffering from hepatitis are identified with yellow skin and so on. In short, this is just the tip of the iceberg that can be best explored with an advanced doctor’s app, perhaps by Dubai doctors and around the world.

It may sound weird but skin also acts as a storage room for deepest layers have the tendency to store water, fats and metabolic products. If injured or cut, skin releases a certain chemical that acts as a natural wound and eventually layered with another skin. While it also guards from unimaginable parasites, viruses, germs and bacteria; there’re times when not letting some of these disease agents entering the organism may cause diseases.

As per statistical report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), there’re reported cases of almost three billion non-melanoma skin cancers and approximately 132,000 melanoma skin cancers occurring across the world annually. Yet another report from the U.S. Skin Cancer Foundation revealed that almost 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are being treated in just the U.S.

The situation in countries other than the U.S. isn’t too good either as almost 15,500 new types of melanoma skin cancer cases were diagnosed as per the data from the Cancer Research UK. The survey result also indicated a certain increase in the count of skin cancer cases since 1990 with approximately 120-percent more patients reported.

We’re lucky being in the digital age as advanced technologies are helping dermatologists to diagnose as well as treat skin diseases in a far better and effective way. Healthcare industry in general undergone huge innovation to such an extent that particular subfields like that of surgery can be performed with digital technology and AI powered robotics.

Such radical transformation is also expected in dermatology especially but may take time when dermal surgery’s a concern. Here’s a list of digital solutions helping medical professionals to implement an optimistic change to the dermatology of the 21st century;

Telemedicine

Detecting certain skin anomalies nowadays is easier whereas smartphones integrated with super-fast internet and doctor’s app offer convenience of sending pictures directly to their respective doctors anytime, anywhere. With this, the options of tele-dermatology services are gradually soaring following a unified principal that is; promise of connecting concerned patients directly with their dermatologist for online consultation within shortest possible timeframe. 

Big Data

The exploration of Electric Health Records (EHRs) alongside huge data sets allows optimisation for monolithic healthcare system and industry as a whole. Data analytics helps in improving quality and coordination of care, reduce sustained cost and avoid unnecessary consumption of resources. Dermatologists also recognise huge potential of big data in bringing a lasting and optimistic transformation to particular specialty of dermatology.

Robotics

Other amazing high-tech equipment appeared in the medical world lately. A New Jersey based company installed the very first commercial Vectra WB360 whole body skin lesion mapping system. The machine’s able to take a 360-degree scan of the entire body and identify almost all the lesions in the skin. The potential to help dermatologists especially those associated to aesthetics is more important in the future.

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