Craig Umscheid, Medical News Today, Computer-Assisted Dermatology Diagnosis

Craig Umscheid, Medical News Today, Computer-Assisted Dermatology Diagnosis

System Did Not Increase Number of Inpatient Dermatalogical Consultations

An eighteen-month Penn Medicine analysis of a new computer-based dermatalogical diagnostic software found the tool showed promise and should be further studied. The software system contains data, including 28,000 photos, on over 1,300 skin diseases and conditions.

That VisualDx system study, originally published in the journal Diagnosis, and senior study author Craig Umscheid are the subject of an article in Medical News Today.
 
Additional study
The primary finding of this first phase of study was that the system was used regularly over the 18-month period and did not result in an increase in the number of inpatient dermatalogical consultations.
 
"This is important," said Umscheid, "because these tools by design suggest numerous potential diagnoses, which could result in an increase in unnecessary testing and specialty consultation, and associated costs and harms, particularly in the hands of less experienced clinicians."
 
Umscheid, MD, MSCE, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Evidence-based Practice, and an LDI Senior Fellow.