ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It's hard to find a person that doesn't use at least one application in their day-to-day life.
"At the top you can see when my next reminder will be," said Amanda Herring, pointing to her phone screen.
What You Need To Know
- MiiSkin Application helping people keep track of skin health
- Many people are now using medical applications due to COVID-19
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She uses the MiiSkin Application to keep track of her skin health.
“So, these are the spots on my skin I am keeping track of," said Herring.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, going in for yearly doctor check-ups is not always possible. This is a big reason why Herring utilizes medical applications.
“It’s huge, I think ya know, there is so much out of our control in our current system in the health crisis. This is just one thing I can just take back some control of and truly be proactive about," said Herring. “You see yourself everyday, and so you kind of miss these things that other people see or things that happen overtime. I think for a lot of people who are using like a fitness app for example, they take progress pictures and you can see changes. So for this it’s kind of the same idea.”
Many doctors are on board with this way to social distance but keep track of a person's health. In addition to applications, many doctors are using another type of technology to stay connected.
“What has become more popular is telemedicine, which is using photographs and much like we are doing right now with Skype, to look at lesions, so the doctor can tell you, ‘Hey this is ok.’ Or ‘Boy, that really looks suspicious, you better come on in,'" said Dr. James Spencer, Skin Cancer Foundation.
For Herring, Melanoma is a concern.
“It kind of runs in my family. My grandmothers, both of them on both sides have had melanoma as well. So I am very cognizant of it now," said Herring.
Just a few months ago she became a first time mother of two twin girls. Technology now giving her an outlet to social distance, but stay healthy.
It's important to note that doctors telemedicine might not be covered by insurance. It is recommended to check with your provider first.
As for health applications, some do come with fees and some are free.
MiiSkin for example does have a free version that still saves photographs and gives the user reminders of when to take updated pictures.