Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A new iPhone medical peripheral spotted - the DermScope

Author: Thuc Huynh, MD

We've seen iPhone blood pressure cuffs, glucometers, and EKG devices.  So it's really no surprise that more portable medical devices are surfacing.  Now we have a new device to get excited about.

The DermScope was just added to the iTunes medical apps directory.  It's an external iphone case that has a dermatoscope embedded into the case.  Essentially, you slip your iphone into the case and it transforms your iphone into a magnifying glass for moles and other skin lesions.  You can capture images, store them, organize them by patient, and email images directly from the application.

So far, the app costs 9.99 in the iTunes store.  No word on how much the hardware will cost.  There is currently an international iphone dermatoscope retailing for $1500 dollars.  But it would be a bad idea to price it that high in the US considering that the other iphone medical peripherals are only around $100 dollars.

We'll update this post when we find out more information.  What do you think will be the next iphone medical device?


Dr. Thuc Huynh is CEO of ScrubdIN, a startup company that aims to help health professionals choose their next medical app.  Her main interest lies around how medicine can play a role with web 2.0 and social media.  Dr. Huynh is currently Chief Resident at her Family Medicine Residency in Rapid City, SD and received her B.S. and M.D. at the Medical University of the Americas.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:13 PM

    if there's an application that will give a credible diagnosis using the photos, maybe someone will pay more than $100 for it.