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A Simple Web-Based Image Database System for Facilitating Medical Care in Dermatological Clinics

A Simple Web-Based Image Database System for Facilitating Medical Care in Dermatological Clinics
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Author(s): Takeshi Toda (Nihon University, Japan), PaoMin Chen (Nihon University, Japan), Shinya Ozaki (Nihon University, Japan), Kazunobu Fujita (Fujita Parkside Clinic, Japan) and Naoko Ideguchi (Teikyo Heisei University, Japan)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 12
Source title: User-Driven Healthcare: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2770-3.ch025

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Abstract

In Japan, electronic health record systems are gradually becoming popular at large hospitals, but are not yet frequently implemented in clinics. This is due to both prohibitive costs and a lack of interest in checking electronic health records on the part of patients. Doctors also may be opposed to showing patients their health records, as it then may require a doctor to let patients observe images to check for improvement of symptoms at follow-up. In this study, the authors developed a database system of dermatological images accessible to both doctors and patients. In this system, doctors can photograph affected skin areas and tag the images with keywords, such as patient ID or name, disease or diagnosis, symptoms, affected bodily regions, and free wards. The images and keyword tags are transmitted to a database housed on an Internet server. The authors implemented this system on a smartphone for quick and easy access during medical examination and on a tablet terminal for patients to use while waiting in the clinic. Using the tablet terminal, a doctor and patient may check for improvement of symptoms together.

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