Derma.one is a Swiss healthcare startup focused on improving patients’ and physicians’ experience. We produce software for teaching, podcasts, patient-derived outcomes and photography.
We are a company that aims to explore the possibilities and advances resulting due to an intense interaction between expert dermatologists and information technology experts.
IMPROVING MEDICAL EXPERIENCE
Dermatology teaching is one of our focus fields. Resident doctors have enormous amounts of material they have to to learn by heart: there are more than 2000 different skin diseases and every dermatologist needs to be able to detect and treat them all! As medicine changes, it is very difficult for a single doctor to acquire this amount of knowledge. Due to increased time requirements for good documentation and administration, the actual remaining time for learning and acquisition of knowledge is shortened compared to what doctors had available decades ago.
Therefore, we are creating decision support systems that guide dermatologists through medicine, suggesting differential diagnosis, investigations, giving tips to avoid errors and suggesting suitable therapeutic strategies.
Our main product here is the electronic textbook DermaCompass.
CONNECTING PATIENTS AND DERMATOLOGISTS
A NEW MEDICAL TOOL
To support dermatologists’ training efforts, Derma.one is planning the creation of a registration system that will be available in the dermatologists CME trainings.
GETTING CLOSE TO DERMATOLOGY
Derma.one will present to the user an overview on each dermatologist’s strong and weak points, to allow him or her to focus training efforts to achieve a solid knowledge base facing daily challenges in general dermatology.
In a new project, Derma.one is addressing patient reported outcomes. Patients should not be left alone with their skin disease, but supported by information as well as mechanisms to allow them to collect data about their disease.
One of the most obvious ways to empower patients is by providing ways to document their skin diseases. To this end, we have created FollowApp, a new application that allows patients to create daily follow-up images of their skin disease, to empower them to document changes over time, healing and request second opinions.
Alexander Navarini is professor of Immunodermatology at the University Hospital in Zürich. He is a clinician-scientist and has pioneered many scientific as well as IT-based initiatives. He creates content for teaching and algorithms for quality control and guidance. As organizational lead, together with Hochschule Luzern and Swiss4ward SA, he has created SkinApp, which is an eczema detection algorithm as well as an electronic textbook called Dermakonsil.