Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

What is SkinVision Pro?

SkinVision Pro is a new online platform that facilitates the connection and communication between doctors and their patients. Through the platform, doctors can monitor the development of suspicious skin conditions via pictures taken by patients with their smartphones using the SkinVision app.

What is SkinVision?

SkinVision is an awareness and tracking solution that supports consumers and patients in their quest to identify and track suspicious lesions on their skin. The app helps people take high-quality pictures of their moles, while an online assessment helps them understand the risks associated with particular conditions. Users also have the ability to create a personal gallery, which enables them to compare over time and share photos with their doctor. The convenience of the smartphone app makes accurate skin monitoring easy and routine.

What are the benefits of using SkinVision Pro?

The key benefits of SkinVision Pro are:

  • Patient acquisition through doctor availability and visibility to users in the app
  • Allows doctors to provide remote medical support and treatment advice on a simple and user-friendly platform
  • Enables doctors to see more patients on a regular basis to improve long-term monitoring
  • Access to a platform that facilitates doctor-patient interaction

Why should I choose SkinVision Pro?

SkinVision is part of the emerging wave of healthtech applications that allow patients to take their health into their own hands. The number of SkinVision users has tripled each year since the app was launched in 2012, and currently numbers some 600k+ users. To date, more than one million images have been taken with SkinVision's built in camera functionality. SkinVision's user-friendly design prioritises ease of use and engagement, with the aim of making skin monitoring easy and routine. SkinVision users seek professional advice through SkinVision's paid professional plans, where interaction can take place with a health professional in a structured and consistent way. SkinVision also fosters strong links to the dermatological community and our scientific board comprises of leading skin cancer specialists from Mayo Clinic, LMU and St. George Hospital in Sydney.

What does SkinVision set out to achieve?

A study conducted by Euromelanoma in March 2015 indicated that 54% of melanoma-related deaths could have been prevented. As such, SkinVision is interested in helping people understand changes to their skin's condition over time and in decreasing the incidence of skin cancers and other skin conditions around the world. We do this through our proprietary smartphone application which offers a set of online tools which allow users to monitor their skin's condition. As an added feature, we also seek to connect patients with doctors so that users can track their moles and other skin conditions with the added benefit of a qualified medical opinion.

Usage

Who can use SkinVision Pro?

GPs, dermatologists and other health professionals can use SkinVision Pro. If you are interested in SkinVision Pro, please reach out at pro@skinvision.com We'd be happy to provide you with more details on how your clinic can benefit from the platform.

How does it work?

Professionals who are part of the SkinVision Pro service each receive a unique account on the SkinVision Pro platform, where you will be able to set up a profile. Once your profile is approved, it will appear in the mobile application itself, where SkinVision users can view your details and directly contact you. Additionally, you are welcome to invite your own patients to the platform with a personal invitation.

How do I sign up?

If you're a health professional please refer to https://pro.skinvision.com/users/sign_up

Why do I need a profile?

It's important that you showcase your specialties, accreditations and clinic address to instill confidence and attract SkinVision users interested in working with a certified medical professional.

What can I do on SkinVision Pro?

SkinVision Pro allows you to receive requests from patients to start different types of consultations/fuctions:

  • a. Tele-dermatology services to review skin conditions with new patients
  • b. Online monitoring in between face-to-face visits with existing patients
  • c. Appointment booking with you and/or your clinic

Do I have to pay to use SkinVision Pro?

Yes, as a health professional we offer annual plans to the SkinVision Pro platform starting at 100 euro. With this plans you can offer tele-dermatology services to both new and existing patients, online monitoring to existing patients, and feature your clinic in the app for local users that would like to make an appointment directly with you.

What do I do if I've lost my username and/or password?

If you forget your password, you can reset it by going to www.skinvision.com/users/sign_in. Click on the “Forgot your password?” link and enter the email address that you used to sign up. You’ll receive an email in a few minutes containing a link that will allow you to reset your password. If you don’t see the email in your inbox after 2 minutes, check your spam folder. Click on the link in the email to reset your password. You will be taken to a new page where you can then create a new password for your email address. Click on the “Set Password” link to complete the process.

Can I add other patients?

Yes, new patients can be added from your own Doctor account by accessing your 'Patients' section, and then clicking on the '+ Add Patient' button. Your patient will receive an invitation by email to download the SkinVision app.

How do I get in touch if I have other questions?

If you have any questions or encounter any issues with the platform please contact us at any point at pro@skinvision.com- we look forward to hearing from you!

Where can I find information about SkinVision Pro online?

Please visit https://pro.skinvision.com for more information about SkinVision Pro, and to sign up or login.

Which smartphones support the SkinVision app?

iPhone model 4s and above, and Samsung model s4 and above.

Who is responsible for the doctor consult?

SkinVision does not take responsibility for any information, any treatment and/or any diagnosis provided by the health professional through the SkinVision Pro Platform.

Melanoma Specific

How is SkinVision looking at the sensitivities of the ratings?

Our primary focus is to raise awareness so that our users download the app and track changes to their skin's condition over time. With a high degree of accuracy, SkinVision's unique algorithm is able to identify potential cancerous risks presented by users. If a user receives a red rating, we advise them to store the image, track the area of concern over time, and in case of serious concern, visit a doctor. When customers receive a green rating, we ask them to store and track their skin over time as moles rate green still have the potential to develop into a more serious risk. Based on actual feedback and science, we continuously improve the algorithm to optimise it for detection of different types of skin cancers.

What is the technology behind the algorithm?

In short, the algorithm recognizes potential non-natural growth of moles. As skin cancers grow chaotically, non-natural growth can be an indication that something is wrong. SkinVision uses fractal geometry, a well documented mathematical methodology for medical imaging that is widely use to simulate natural growth in biology to identify characteristics of non-natural growth.

How long do I have to close a case?

You have 48 hours to close a case.

How long is the contract?

The contract is an annual contract. We offer patients a long-term relationship with their doctor through the online monitoring service.

What is the notice period?

There is a 60 days notice period to end your contract. Please read the Terms and Conditions for more information.

How long can a case be open?

A case can be open for 15 days. Within the platform, you will see a countdown, revealing the number of days that the case remains open.

Can you diagnose a suspicious mole online without a dermoscopy picture?

No, we believe that you can't diagnose a mole or melanoma online. SkinVision provides users with a tool to assess the risk of a mole. Based on this risk, users are able to get to the doctor in time to identify the correct treatment course.