Health Discovery Corp. (OTC:HDVY) announced the launch of its iPhone app that uses image-based pattern recognition and mathematical algorithms to assess melanoma risk.
Called MelApp, the app is intended to help users learn about melanoma and identify areas of their skin which may need physician attention. MelApp is available through the iTunes App Store for $1.99.
The app uses the iPhone’s camera to photograph a skin lesion or mole and deliver a risk analysis based on algorithms validated through an image database licensed from Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. The app can even map your location and refer you to a nearby physician specialized in melanoma diagnosis and treatment.
"We see great potential in MelApp becoming part of the monthly skin self-exams recommended by The National Cancer Institute and the American Academy of Dermatology," company chairman & CEO Dr. Stephen Barnhill said in a release.
MelApp "is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment," according to the app’s site.