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Google announced a Google health tool to identify skin conditions

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Google Health – Google’s latest web tool to enter the healthcare field is a tool that uses artificial intelligence to help people identify the condition of their skin, hair or nails. The company previewed the tool in I/O today and said it hopes to launch a trial version later this year.

People can use the phone’s camera to take three pictures of problem areas, such as skin rashes. They will then answer a series of questions about their skin type and other symptoms.

Then, the instrument will provide a list of 288 possible conditions that have been trained to recognize. The company stated in its blog that its purpose is not to diagnose the problem.

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Google has decided to deal with skin conditions using artificial intelligence, says Karen DeSalvo, chief health officer of Google Health. “People are coming to Google to ask questions about skin conditions.. We get about 10 billion annual skin condition questions, ”she said in an interview. 

Of course, specialists can help people determine whether this is something simple or a sign of a more serious disease, but there is a shortage of dermatologists around the world.

DeSalvo hopes that this tool can help people get accurate information about potential situations without spending hours doing their online research.

The team educated the model on millions of snap shots of skin problems, thousands of pictures of healthy skin, and 65,000 snapshots from clinical settings. The model takes into account factors such as age, skin type, gender, and ethnicity when suggesting possible conditions. 

When it was tested on nearly 1,000 images of skin problems from a wide variety of patients, Google says it identified the correct position in the top three suggestions 84% of the time. This included correct positioning as one of the 97% possible issues.

The new system is based on Google’s previous works using artificial intelligence devices to identify skin conditions. The company published the first iteration of its intensive learning system in Nature Medicine last spring. 

That paper showed that System 26 can identify common skin conditions such as dermatologists and primary care doctors more accurately than others. 

In April, the company published another study showing that the system could help non-dermatologists diagnose skin conditions more accurately.

Google is also working with the Stanford University research team to test how well the tool works in the healthcare setting.

The company received the Class I medical device mark for the device in the European Union, designating it as a low-risk medical device. It has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration.

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