Ever been concerned about a spot on your arm, not knowing whether it's dangerous or not, and wishing you could find out instantly? Well, there's an app for that and other tasks that have traditionally fallen to doctors.
Smartphones have penetrated the medical world and are beginning to be embraced by the profession. New apps are popping up which can diagnose patients and even allow you to speak to a doctor on demand.
Dutch start-up Skin Vision is one such company that allows you to use a Samsung handset or iPhone to take a picture of your skin, upload it to a database, then get instant answers about whether you have skin cancer or not. This year, the company recently raised 3 million euros ($3.4 million). Dick Uyttewaal, chief executive of the company said the push towards medical technology or medtech, stems from the lack of experts in some areas.
"There are not enough dermatologists to monitor these customers. From that perspective and the fact that technology is more accepted we see a clear value for skin cancer technology use," Uyttewaal told CNBC in a phone interview.
According to the CEO, as more and more pictures are uploaded, the database online will become smarter and be able to diagnose skin conditions more accurately.