BMJ sounds warning on AI-based skin cancer smartphone apps

British researchers have sounded a warning about the accuracy of algorithm-based smartphone apps in assessing the risk of skin cancer, with a systematic review finding poor and variable performance that indicates these apps have not yet shown sufficient promise to recommend their use.

The study, published yesterday in the British Medical Journal, looked at six apps, one of which is available for use in Australia and New Zealand and has links to local research institutes and clinics, and which claims high accuracy in detecting the most common forms of skin cancer.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

Tags: Artificial Intelligence, SkinVision

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# Terry Hannan 2020-02-12 07:14
This would seem to fit closely with Enrico Coiera’s statement as we move towards AI.
Enrico Coiera‏ @Enrico Coiera  25 Dec 2018 Just as the map is not the territory, so too an algorithm is never the care that is given. Algorithims, neural networks, guidelines, and protocols-these all can only ever model aspects of a reality that is always more complex and fickle. As we move into a world dominated by algoritims and machine-learned clinical recipes, we must deeply understand the difference between what a machine says and what we must do.

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