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WHAT IS DERMWIZ™?

Dermwiz™ is a web site that contains descriptions of skin diseases organized in a standardized format called a database. A program called a Diagnosis Decision Support System acts as the intermediate between the user and the database. It will search for the features chosen by the user and return a list of diseases containing them (a differential diagnosis). Using a complex formulation, Dermwiz™ attempts to sort the diseases by closeness of match. Each search takes seconds only, so the user can quickly modify the search criteria to increase the usefulness of the result.

HOW MANY SKIN DISEASES ARE DESCRIBED IN IS DERMWIZ™?

Currently, Dermwiz™ describes more than 2,200 skin conditions and variants, with emphasis on non-tumoral conditions. Dermwiz™ is currently the largest compendium of skin diseases and will continue to grow.

WHO MAKES DERMWIZ™?

The conception and building of the Dermwiz™ web site is directed by Emmanuel Maicas, PhD, MD, FRCPSC, Pathologist. It has been available online at www.dermwiz.com since 2002. Dermwiz™ is entirely owned by Cogniwiz Diagnostic Decisions Inc. located in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

DOES DERMWIZ™ REQUIRE MUCH COMPUTING KNOWLEDGE?

No. Anyone able to use a web browser will be able to use Dermwiz™. Entries are selected from menus in order to minimize mistakes.

DOES DERMWIZ™ REQUIRE MUCH MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE?

Yes. Disease features are listed in medical terms. Dermwiz™ should be used by qualified health professionals only. Patients should not use Dermwiz™. The correct diagnosis may not be listed in a given search. Most of the diseases listed by the database for a given search will not constitute a correct diagnosis for a given patient. The site does not contain information about all diseases. It does not contain all the information that may be important or relevant to a particular health condition.

WILL USERS HAVE TO POUR OVER PAGES OF DATA?

No. In order to simplify the use of Dermwiz™, only disease names, textbook page numbers and a short disease description will be provided.

IS DERMWIZ™ AN INDEX OF EXISTING TEXTBOOKS?

No. The information coded in the database has been gathered from a wide variety of sources, including personal observations by the authors. It has been carefully sorted, evaluated and entered. The result is unlike no book.

IS DERMWIZ™ MEANT TO REPLACE DOCTORS?

No. Dermwiz™ is a tool to assist qualified health professionals in the diagnosis of patients. Like all computer programs, it lacks human intuition and judgment. Therefore, Dermwiz™ cannot offer a final diagnosis. All information obtained from Dermwiz™ should be evaluated critically by the user.

DOES DERMWIZ™ CONTAIN CONFIDENTIAL PATIENT DATA?

No. Dermwiz™ is a disease database. It contains no identifiable patient data. Pictures of lesions or histological slides may be included in the database to illustrate a disease. In all cases, the anonymity of patients will be rigorously preserved.

HOW MUCH DOES DERMWIZ™ COST

A free version of Dermwiz™, limited to about 300 common diseases, is available free of charge to registered users. Access to the full database costs $100 per year.

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