Skin cancer detection for seniors

Problem: Skin cancer is prevalent, with one in seven Canadians developing a form of the condition within their lifetime. In spite of the widely recognized importance of prevention and early detection, the rates of melanoma continue to increase, and nearly half of new skin cancer cases are in those aged 75 and older. As a result, in order to provide fast-acting, quality care these patients will need immediate access to a dermatologist. However, due to a dermatologist shortage this fails to be the case. Caused primarily by an aging demographic, most dermatologists are nearing retirement without a new generation of professionals to take their place. As a result, practices are overwhelmed with an increasing number of cases for a stagnant number of experts.

Solution: MetaOptima has developed two complementary technologies for at-home, early detection and tracking of skin lesions. The first, MoleScope, is a low-cost device that connects to your mobile phone to take high-quality, uniformly lit images of moles and other skin lesions.

The second, DermEngine, is an intelligent dermatology software for the imaging, documentation and diagnosis of skin conditions including skin cancer. Using the MoleScope platform, older patients will be able to monitor their health, stay in contact with their dermatologist, and submit images to limit in-clinic visits. This method streamlines the consultation process so that the dermatologist’s time is limited to providing feedback to a patient case; unnecessary in-clinic appointments and imaging sessions are drastically reduced by as much as 40%.

Problem: Skin cancer is prevalent, with one in seven Canadians developing a form of the condition within their lifetime. In spite of the widely recognized importance of prevention and early detection, the rates of melanoma continue to increase, and nearly half of new skin cancer cases are in those aged 75 and older. As a result, in order to provide fast-acting, quality care these patients will need immediate access to a dermatologist. However, due to a dermatologist shortage this fails to be the case. Caused primarily by an aging demographic, most dermatologists are nearing retirement without a new generation of professionals to take their place. As a result, practices are overwhelmed with an increasing number of cases for a stagnant number of experts.

Solution: MetaOptima has developed two complementary technologies for at-home, early detection and tracking of skin lesions. The first, MoleScope, is a low-cost device that connects to your mobile phone to take high-quality, uniformly lit images of moles and other skin lesions.

The second, DermEngine, is an intelligent dermatology software for the imaging, documentation and diagnosis of skin conditions including skin cancer. Using the MoleScope platform, older patients will be able to monitor their health, stay in contact with their dermatologist, and submit images to limit in-clinic visits. This method streamlines the consultation process so that the dermatologist’s time is limited to providing feedback to a patient case; unnecessary in-clinic appointments and imaging sessions are drastically reduced by as much as 40%.