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    Practical Dermatology
    Top 10 Ways to Improve Acne Treatment
    by Steven Leon

    Acne is one of the most complex, multifaceted, and challenging diseases we treat in dermatology. It takes four to six weeks for most patients to begin to see improvement, there is often poor patient compliance, insurance coverage for medications is increasingly restrictive, and it can be difficult to assess the effectiveness of the treatment regimen. These difficulties often leave both patients and providers frustrated with slow progress and setbacks. However, for every challenge we encounter there are also solutions and many ways to improve acne treatment. By using new methods and tools tremendous strides towards clearer skin and faster results can be made. Ahead are 10 ways to improve acne treatment.

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    Indian Dermatol Online
    Clinical photography in dermatology using smartphones: An overview

    The smartphone is one of the biggest revolutions in the era of information technology. Its built in camera offers several advantages. Dermatologists, who handle a specialty that is inherently visual, are most benefited by this handy technology. Here in this article, we attempt to provide an overview of smartphone photography in clinical dermatology in order to help the dermatologist to get the best out of the available camera for clinical imaging and storage.

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    Metrodial to go live with trio of mobile apps
    The central station is the first adopter of SmartTek’s trio of personal protection apps, which includes an app-based mPERS service
    by Leif Kothe

    HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—With several different mobile PERS models gaining traction in the monitoring space, it’s not yet clear what type of device and what combination of features will be the winner in the marketplace.
    Metrodial Corp., a wholesale central station based here, is taking the no-hardware, app-based route. The company is slated to be the first central station to go live with some new services from Boca Raton, Fla.-based SmartTek Systems, an app and virtual services company founded in 2013. The company launched its first monitoring apps last week at ESX.

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    Florida Weekly Magazine
    Clerk offers free app to calculate closing costs

    Clerk Sharon Bock has an app for prospective Palm Beach County homebuyers who want to know how much they will pay for recording fees, doc stamps, abstract fees and other charges due at closing.
    The cost to record a mortgage, deed and other documents can add hundreds — even thousands — of dollars to the cost of a new home. Now buyers can know exactly how much they’ll pay in fees by using Clerk-Culator, a free smartphone app developed by the clerk’s office.Clerk-Culator, available for free download on iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets, allows users to figure what they’ll pay when recording deeds, mortgages and other documents at the clerk’s office. No other smartphone app of its kind is currently available in the Android, iPhone and iPad app stores.

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    Mobile Clinical Photography for Wound Care and Beyond
    BY Christopher Cabell

    From its inception in 2010, the Soffer Health Institute (SHI), a multidisciplinary medical practice in South Florida, has relied upon clinical photography as an integral part of its practice for pre- and post- operative tracking of treatment, provider collaboration and insurance billing. As technology for the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases has improved vastly in the ensuing years, so too have the fields of photography and mobile communication. But with this new technology comes a greater expectation for applying these advancements to health care.

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    by Marcia Heroux Pounds

    Dr. Ariel Soffer was on an airplane when one of his patients was desperately trying to reach him.Through his clinical photography app, his patient was able to text the doctor a photo of her leg after recent varicose vein surgery.Soffer had connected to the app through the plane’s Wi-Fi and was able to reassure the patient that what she was experiencing after the surgery was normal. That put her at ease and avoided a costly trip to the hospital.

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    Smartphone Technology
    Improve Your Vein Practice

    How can AppwoRx benefit a vein practice? With AppwoRx and an iPhone, iTouch, iPad, or Android phone, the once tedious photographic process is now standardized and becomes efficient and routine. There are no cords, no plugs, no special training or special lighting requirements or rooms that need to be set aside. The images are automatically stored in the cloud, so accessing records from anywhere is simple and immediate. The web interface is a powerful tool for managing photography. Photographs can also be integrated into EMR systems. AppwoRx has a report generation tool that allows a clinician to create branded and customized reports for marketing, expectation management, and insurance use. Users can also use preset photo filters for color correction or to highlight hard-to-see veins.

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    WSVN Miami
    Doctor answers patients with app

    “…I wanted to see what was going with my patients in a legal way, in a privacy protected way, a beautiful and convenient way, and that’s what the app does. It shows me what’s going with this patient,” said Dr. Ariel Soffer, a board certified cardiologist who heads the Soffer Health institute in Miami, FL. Dr. Soffer created the free Soffer Vein application for iPhones and Android smartphones. It serves as a virtual consultation for patients who have questions before or after treatment. Robin Gale has undergone several different treatments for her varicose veins. She said the app has saved her time. “I had a little pain and discomfort in one area, so I took a photo and sent it and he sent me back a message saying it was all normal,” she said.

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    Vein Therapy News
    An app for that
    by Larry Storer

    If you had a way to increase revenue by up to 40 percent and at the same time cut down on employee costs, manage patient expectations, and differentiate your practice from the competion, would you pick up a phone and make a call? Well, as the cliched marketing phrase goes, “There’s an app for that”. No, really, there is an app for that. Ariel Soffer, MD and board certified cardiologys and varicose vein care specialist, has developed ApwoRx, a downloadable app for iPhone and Android that provides cirtual consultation – Including patient’s photograph of the concern area.

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    Florida Sun-Sentinel
    New apps a shot in the arm for doctor-patient communication
    by Nicole Brochu

    You have a rash or a small wound, and you want to know whether it’s anything to worry about. No need to make a doctor appointment. Your smartphone will see you now. An app created by South Florida cardiologist Dr. Ariel Soffer allows you to use your smartphone to take a photoicon and send it to your physician to determine whether you need medical attention.

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    South Florida Business Journal
    Smartphone technology and the medical practice

    The amazing photograph capabilities in smartphones and tablets have made photos extremely sharp, and the ability to evaluate issues is not compromised because the photos are taken on an iPhone or Android device. Patients who have had a procedure are often concerned about the healing process, and very normal responses can look alarming. A photo sent using an app can offer nearly immediate reassurance. Doctors are always looking for ways to improve. With so much talk of health care costs and insurance, it is wise for doctors to seek out means of making their business more effective and communication a primary concern. Apps can do that.


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