Medicoo offers free skin screening using artificial intelligence (AI)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, November 27, 2018: Medicoo, one of Sweden’s first digital healthcare centers, have launched a fully automated solution, with the help of image recognition and artificial intelligence (AI) can quickly screen various skin disorders, including skin cancer, malignant melanoma.
Malignant melanoma is one of the cancers that has been on the rise in Sweden in recent years, and is a cancer that can be cured if caught early enough and removed with surgery have a 80-85 percent survival rate .
In an eye-catching feature of the TV4 News channel dated 6th November, the Swedish patient melanoma association demanded that skin cancer care to be managed nationally, and encouraged the use of modern technology such as smartphone cameras .
Medicoo has now launches a solution. By uploading photos of suspected moles or other skin disorders, a quick screening is carried out by AI. The AI has been trained on the most common skin problems with over 100,000 smartphone images. An assessment of malignant melanoma is always included in the answers.
“Swedes have an average of 1.6 skin diseases annually, so the need for care in this area is enormous,” says Jan Lundblad, CEO of Medicoo. “There are long waiting times to a dermatologist. We want to help to streamline care with the help of technology. “
With an ordinary mobile phone camera and artificial intelligence, skin screening can be scaled. Skin screening via Medicoo, is in collaboration with First Derm and it will initially be offered free of charge.
“Cases of malignant melanoma could be detected in time when the access to care is simple,” says Camilla Arneving, Marketing Manager.
“The AI has been trained with clinical thinking and, like a regular doctor, it becomes better over time. Research is still being carried out, but it has already achieved an acceptable level of accuracy. “Says Ann Zyto, Chief Executive Officer at Medicoo. “We are very excited to offer a free skin screening that can help save lives!”
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1. Swedish Cancer Foundation https://www.cancerfonden.se/om-cancer/hudcancer
2. TV4 News on November 6th https://www.tv4play.se/program/nyheterna/11868063 and a further interview in the news studio https://www.tv4play.se/program/nyheterna/11868895
PRESS RELEASE 2018-11-27
Skin screening is an integral part of Medicoo’s medical service and worrying patients can easily book a medical visit online with a board certified physician. Before the doctor’s visit, a number of follow-up questions are answered about the skin problems and more images are uploaded. Referrals to a dermatologist can also be done quickly.
About Medicoo Svenska AB
Medicoo offers cost effective medical visits online for about fifty common problems in children and adults. By using new technologies, such as AI and chat bots, care can be done faster and better – without travel time and waiting rooms. Patients across the country receive help with counseling, prescriptions, medical certificates, referrals, sampling, diagnosis and treatment. Medicoo lowers the threshold for people seeking care, especially for inconveniences that may be perceived as embarrassing.
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