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Visualization of Patients’ Skin Lesions on Their Smartphones A New Step During Dermatology Visits

Thomas Hubiche, MD1; Laure Valério, MD2; Franck Boralevi, MD, PhD3; Emmanuel Mahe, MD4; Christine Bodemer Skandalis, MD, PhD5; Alice Phan, MD, PhD6; Pascal del Giudice, MD1 ; for the Research Group of the French Society of Pediatric Dermatology (Groupe de Recherche de la Société Française de Dermatologie Pédiatrique)
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1Infectious and Dermatology Unit, Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal (CHI) Fréjus Saint Raphaël, Fréjus, France
2Department of Statistics, CHI Fréjus Saint Raphaël, Fréjus, France
3Pediatric Dermatology Unit, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Bordeaux, Université Victor Ségalen, Bordeaux, France
4Department of Dermatology, Hôpital Victor Dupouy, Argenteuil, France
5Department of Dermatology, Hôpital Necker–Enfants Malades, Assistance Publique–Hôpitaux de Paris, Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France
6Pediatric Dermatology Unit, Claude Bernard–Lyon 1 University and Hospices Civils de Lyon, Hôpital Femme-Mère-Enfant, Lyon, France
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(1):95-97. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.2977.
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This cross-sectional study assesses the utility of patient-obtained photographs of skin lesions for diagnosis and treatment among patients in 21 dermatology practices.

Smartphones are a new potential source of medical data.1,2 During dermatology appointments, we have observed an increasing number of patients presenting a picture of their skin lesions during the visit. The utility of the information provided by pictures on smartphones has not been evaluated. To assess their utility, we determined the proportion of patients whose smartphone photographs provided information relevant to their diagnosis.

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