How many times have you seen a rash or an irritation on your skin and searched on Google to find out if it’s something serious or if it is something that can be treated with commonly available OTC medications?
According to Google, nearly 2 billion people globally suffer from skin conditions. Google has now developed an AI-based dermatology tool that will help people research skin conditions.
This new tool from Google supports hundreds of conditions, including more than 80% of the conditions seen in clinics and more than 90% of the most commonly searched conditions.
Google’s Dermatology Assist AI-Powered Tool coming soon to your smartphone
The new dermatology assist tool is a web-based application that Google is launching as a pilot later this year, to make it easier to figure out what might be going on with your skin.
Here’s how this new skin condition detection tool works…
Simply use your phone’s camera to take three images of the skin, hair, or nail concern from different angles. Answer a few questions about your skin type, how long you’ve had the issue, and other symptoms and the tool will help users narrow down the possibilities.
According to Google, The AI model analyzes this information and draws from its knowledge of 288 conditions to give you a list of possible matching conditions that you can then research further.
You can learn more about this new offering announced today at the Google I/O event by checking out Google’s page.
Google is clear about this novel use case in that it is not intended to provide a diagnosis nor be a substitute for medical advice but offer access to authoritative information so that users can make a more informed decision.
Having said that, this new tool has already seen some regulatory success.
The AI model that powers this skin condition detector tool has successfully passed clinical validation, and the tool has been CE marked as a Class I medical device in the EU.
Google plans to build on this work so more people can use this tool to answer questions about common skin issues.
If you are interested in this new tool, you can sign up to be notified when it is made available in your region.