Evaluation of MySkinSelfie: a new mobile app for patient skin self-monitoring

Philip Hampton, Dan Richardson, Kyle Montague, Patrick Olivier

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Abstract

Patients are increasingly bringing their own mobile phone photos to clinic to help in the diagnosis and management of their skin conditions. We noticed that they often struggle to find the images from their camera roll and that the quality and consistency was often poor. To solve these problems we have built an app for skin self-monitoring. MySkinSelfie (www.myskinselfie.com) is a free app available on both app stores. Users can create folders, dated and with attached comments. All images are encrypted and stored on cloud servers with no data on the phone. Image consistency is improved by using an overlay template; the first image acting as an outline for subsequent images. We have studied the usability of the app and have also investigated attitudes to the use of mobile phone based skin monitoring in a dermatology outpatient clinic. Our usability study included 42 participants with skin conditions recruited from Newcastle University, UK, mean age 32 (19-64), 38% male who used the app on a daily basis for 2 weeks to monitor their skin after which a usability questionnaire was completed using Likert scales. The following percentages were for strongly agree responses; 90% found navigation around the app easy, 83% found the app easy to use, 86% felt that they would not need any help to use the app, 51% felt that the overlay templates helped to improve image consistency, 48% felt the app helped to manage the skin condition, and 76% were overall satisfied with the app. Our investigation in the dermatology clinic into patient attitudes to using mobile phone images to assist in the management of skin conditions included 64 subjects 40% male 51% owned a smart phone. 73% strongly agreed that phone app use in health care will increase and 78% strongly agreed that photos are useful for managing skin problems. The future challenges for skin self-monitoring include identifying the clinical environments in which it is most beneficial and navigating a secure way of integrating patient data into hospital electronic medical records.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberAB129
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume76
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes

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