First Derm Wins 2nd Place in 2014 Mobile Innovation Challenge

First Derm, the San Francisco-based online dermatology startup, has won 2nd place and a $5,000 prize in the 2014 Mobile Innovation challenge: the Mobileys. With the support of their fans they already won the People’s Choice award (and $2,500) prize in October, so the team is thrilled to also have won recognition from the judges. The CEO, Dr. Alexander Börve, is Health 2.0’s Stockholm chapter leader. He presented First Derm’s technology in the “New Landscape for Digital Diagnosis” panel at the 2014 Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara.

As a winner of the competition, Dr. Alexander Börve will travel to Washington DC to meet with key policy makers in mobile technology. Considering all of the innovation in mobile health, specifically with telemedicine tech, wearable technology, and patient engagement solutions, First Derm is hopeful that lawmakers in the capital will embrace, not hinder the emerging field. Together these solutions not only lead to better patient outcomes, but dramatic cost savings across all aspects of a healthcare system. 

Apart from winning the Mobileys, First Derm has already found success since its launch in January 2014. The service allows app users to anonymously submit pictures of skin conditions to a team of dermatologists, who will identify the problem and give initial guidance on how to treat it. The app has been used in 127 countries and is available in 6 languages. In its first year of operation, First Derm has already saved two lives by detecting early stage melanomas when users submitted pictures of a skin lesion. The team wants to stress that the service does not replace a face-to-face dermatologist visit. The service fills the gap between an internet search for health information and going to a doctor in person. By giving personalized health info quickly through a smartphone, they send users to the right level of care, which saves time, money and sometimes lives.

The Mobileys is a competition that recognizes the mobile app of the year that can make the biggest positive impact; in their words, they “honor entrepreneurs who inspire and make a difference through mobile innovation.” First Derm’s Dr. Börve said “We think that our mobile dermatology app will set the standard for how people first approach a health concern–we are glad that the idea is catching on! A big thanks to everyone for your support.”IMG_1429

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