Solution

The Challenge

The detection of skin cancer in its early stages is crucial for patient survival. Dermatologists around the world are still using manual techniques, which are time  consuming expensive and inaccurate. The last innovation in this field was adopted by dermatologists about fifteen years ago  and it is called Total Body Photography (TBP). TBP is a set of 25 photos that cover the  entire skin surface of the patient. Dermatologists recommended doing TBP every year,  comparing the photographs and detecting the key differences. This solution is still very inaccurate because the human skin is dynamic, constantly moving and changing. Consequently a manual diagnostic procedure is both limited and expensive, and thus Inaccessible to most of the population.

The Solution

Our technology originated from the concepts applied by the Israeli Air Force and the intelligence services who use auto aerial photo diagnostics to track collateral damage after engaging the enemy. This means that the technology has the ability to detect and  compare changes in imagery and then conduct analysis and comparison at a very high  precision level.  This technology and ability are responsible for the fact that missiles can hit targets that  are hundreds of miles away. Now Emerald has applied it to facilitate the early detection  and diagnostics of skin cancer, in order to both prevent and cure it. It has subsequently  been upgraded by the Emerald development staff to improve performance even further. DermaCompare applies innovative technology focusing on these key elements: 

1. Easy to use off the shelve imaging technologies (every smartphone or digital camera)  

2. Unique proprietary algorithms, which enable automated image processing for  identifying and registering skin moles. These can be pictured by any kind of  camera including that inside a mobile phone.  

3. Automated skin mole registration and anchoring together with a  multidimensional database for documentation and real-time retrieval of data  regarding skin moles and lesions. 

4. Utilizing big data and predictive analytics to provide physicians with real time  data on patients’ skin, history and changes in moles or lesions. 

5. Harnessing the power of crowdsourcing of skin imaging and Cloud Computing for  dermatologists, providing a low cost, user-friendly end-user interface. 

In addition, DermaCompare integrates augmented reality that enables physicians to  review the patient’s skin, using their smartphone or Google Glass. They will then receive a summary of data points displayed clearly on the smartphone with all the current related data about the patient’s skin, including alerts to any suspicious changes. All the physician or the patient need to do is take the 25 pictures with a camera on his  smartphone following specific instructions from the DermaCompare software and  upload them to the system. This platform will provide for the first time a global multidimensional database of the  human skin accessible anytime, anywhere. By using easy available off the shelve imaging technology such as smartphones, DermaCompare enables every person to take care of his own health, enabling  telemedicine of skin cancer diagnostics, and an easy 2nd opinion if needed.

DERMACOMPARE INCORPORATES SEVERAL DISTINCT ADVANTAGES

Enables home use by using every smartphone.

Actionable pieces of information.

Applies artificial intelligence and predictive analytics.

Higher quality with lower costs.

Maps the ‘Melanoma Starting Point’.

Aligned with population health management initiatives taken by governments around the world.

This seemingly simple technology is set to change the lives of at least 420 million people around the world, who are currently at high risk of developing the deadly skin cancer melanoma.