Feature of Doctors making Apps: Dr. Arianne Kourosh talks about her Skin Advocate App

As healthcare and medical technology evolves, MedTech Boston wants to emphasize that physician input into the technological solutions is invaluable. Periodically, we’re going to profile bright and innovative physicians who still primarily work with patients who have developed incredibly useful website or smart phone applications.

A few weeks earlier, we saw the creative phone app developed by Michael Docktor, MD, called “IEarnedThat.”  Dr. Docktor is a practicing pediatric gastroenterologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. He created his app about 5 years ago. The concept behind his app is an extension of the more traditional star chart where children earn stars for doing something good. In this app, a child earns pieces of a picture of something, say a Barbie, that they want. His app is still being used by teachers and parents across the country. It is particularly useful with special needs children, such as children with autism.

Today, I met with Arianne Kourosh, MD. She is a board certified dermatologist and Instructor in Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. She is committed to patient advocacy and solving public health problems for patients with skin disease. In this capacity, she works with Dr. Joseph Kvedar in the Partners Healthcare Center for Connected Health.

Larger Face Balanced

Tired of providers rapidly listing off skin advocacy organizations to a patient while the patient hurriedly takes notes, Dr. Kourosh developed this innovate app when she was only a dermatology resident at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas in 2011. The Skin Advocate iPhone app is a totally FREE iPhone application that connects patients with the appropriate patient skin advocacy organizations and resources for their skin condition.

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The apps have a list of all the patient advocacy organizations that are officially backed by the American Academy of Dermatology. You can easily search the list and chose the appropriate organization. The app then lists all the organization’s contact information, including email, phone, and address. This makes it easy to contact the organization as a provider. Or there’s an easy click button that will share this contact information with the patient by either printing by blue tooth printer or by email. No more doctor chicken scratch written on a slip of paper given to the patient!

iPhone Close Up of App

We love Dr. Kourosh because she is a fantastic person, but also because the believes in increasing access to dermatologic care for underserved communities in Boston. She also advocates for patients at the national level as a representative of the American Academy of Dermatology in lobbying Congress to protect medical research and affordable care for patients with skin disease. And this is why her app is FREE! We need more physicians like this!

More information can be found at the website www.SkinAdvocateApp.com.

(Written by Jennifer Joe, MD, www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferjoemd/@JenniferJoeMD, jen@medstro.com.)

Jennifer M. Joe, MD

Jennifer M. Joe, MD

    My passion is healthcare optimization, whether that is with innovation, making scientific discoveries, or improving delivery. I love bringing people and ideas together and making projects work. With this, medicine exists to improve lives, and I will strive to always help patients and those around me.

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