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Got acne? No need to visit the doctor with Spruce

Visit the doctor ... while sitting on the couch!

Visit the doctor … while sitting on the couch!

Spruce is a new app that can treat your acne without you ever having to set foot in your dermatologist’s office. All you are required to do is take pictures of your face, capturing your skin condition as clearly as possible.

Following that you will be asked a series of questions concerning your health status that will enable the practitioner to make a more informed appraisal

The app will then create a digital medical card with all the information you have provided and will send it along to top board-certified dermatologists from across the United States. Once your case has been reviewed, within 24 hours you will be provided with an assessment and a treatment plan for your acne. The dermatologist will give you the necessary prescription drugs that you can pre-order from your local pharmacy and pick up at your own convenience.

In an interview with Wired, the founder of the app Ray Bradford talked about the thinking behind the introduction of digital assessments in the healthcare sector.

“We see technology complementing the doctor, not competing with or replacing the doctor,” he says. “It’s how you let doctors do what they do best—which is using their judgment, and caring for patients—as opposed to repetitive, rote things, or administrative paperwork.”

Even though Spruce is free to download, each visit costs $40 and for the moment it’s only available in California, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania.

In an era where there seems to be an app for almost everything we need, healthcare is one area where people are a bit more reluctant of letting go their set ways and place their faith in an app.

Could this acne specific app be the app make a breakthrough? Let us know in the comment box!

Photos: TechCrunch

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