When reviewing a patient’s case, you have the opportunity to utilize DermEngine’s tools powered by artificial intelligence to support your clinical decisions for an enhanced level of care.
In order for DermEngine’s algorithms to become “smarter” over time to fulfill this mission of improved care, they must be continuously trained. To support this intrinsic need, every time a doctor uses one of our artificial intelligence-powered tools (such as Visual Search or Lesion Matching) the system has the ability to “learn” to better support your clinical decisions for enhanced patient care. Any images and data used for these algorithms have been de-identified, which means that all identifiable information such as name, date of birth, health ID number, email have been removed.
Transparency is our core value. If a patient does not wish to have the DermEngine system use their de-identified information to tailor its features and enhance smart tools that may be used by yourself or other medical professionals, they have the opportunity to opt out at any time. It is the responsibility of the medical professional to explain to the patient that their data is de-identified and that the algorithms are trained automatically to ensure all information remains anonymous and secure. No employees or third parties having any access to the patients’ data at any point of the learning process. When given the opportunity to learn, DermEngine’s algorithms will improve over time to help patients and doctors around the world for enhanced care outcomes.
Once a patient has opted out, you will have access to the patient’s medical data, however certain intelligent features of DermEngine will be disabled, and use of the system will be restricted to imaging, documentation, and communication only.
To learn how to assist a patient with the opt-out process, please select one of the options below and follow the steps provided:
During Account Creation
When creating a patient’s account you will have the ability to check the box at the bottom of the page. In doing so, this patient’s data will be restricted from being used for any algorithms within DermEngine’s software. Once the account creation is complete (and if an email address is recorded within their profile), the patient will receive an email notifying them of the successful implementation of this request.
After Account Creation
If a patient already has an account on DermEngine they can request to opt out from having their de-identified data contribute to the software’s algorithms becoming smarter over time by completing the request form found here.
It is important to note that a patient is able to opt out at any point of the care process, however, the exclusion of their data from the algorithms will only be eligible for information that is entered after the opt-out request has been completed.
Ultimately, it is the patient’s decision if they would like to participate in the opt-out process. Once their request is completed, you (and any other medical professionals who have access to their account) will be notified the next time you access their profile with a brief notification message.
By allowing their de-identified data be used to anonymously train our artificial intelligence algorithms, your patients are actively contributing to enhanced clinical decision support tools for improved care over time for not only themselves, but patients around the world. As one of the most treatable forms of cancer, it’s essential medical professionals utilize the most advanced and effective tools for the early detection of skin cancer for optimized care outcomes.