The Changing Face of Medical Documentation
With the rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets in Australia, health professionals are faced with more and more opportunities every day that will radically change the way health care is delivered and accessed.
The ApreSkin app is one of the latest apps in the medical app sector set to improve the way doctors perform skin consultations and streamline the recording and tracking process. This is especially exciting for Dermatologists, who benefit from the visual aspects this technology provides.
Creator Brad Jones, an Australian dermatologist said, “I’m hoping to streamline the way doctors perform skin consultations and improve the way they track and record the patient data using a 3D Skin Consultation App.”
“With the advances in technology and particularly interactive 3D software I believe we need to modernise our current medical software especially in dermatology, which is a more visual specialty and would benefit from this change. At the moment we are still using the same generic medical software that was being used 10-15 yrs ago.”
Currently doctors are typing a description of the location of a skin lesion into the patients record or marking a spot on a 2D body map then having to scan this into the record. They often take clinical photos of the location of the skin lesions and then rely on staff to download the photos into the correct patient record.
“ApreSkin has been designed to be user-friendly and compliment doctors’ current electronic medical records software. Using an iPad they can easily generate a patient report or medical record of the skin consult using realistic 3D models to accurately mark skin lesions or conditions along with automated data entry of the location. Then at the press of a button, simply attach photos or screenshots to aid future identification of the lesion,” says Brad Jones.
The data entry is fully customisable for the doctor to use the terms and phrases that are commonly used for diagnoses and procedures. The app also features customisable templates for surgical and laser procedures as well as a PASI template for psoriasis. For security and patient privacy, the data on the app is encrypted and protected by a pin number.
The app is designed for all doctors who consult on skin lesions including dermatologists, plastic surgeons and general practitioners and is available in the Apple AppStore https://itunes.apple.com/