Cleveland, OH,
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April
2021
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MetroHealth First Hospital in Ohio with SkinIO, Technology That Helps Detect the Most Prevalent Form of Cancer Faster

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SkinIO is a new, completely non-invasive technology that optimizes skin exams for patients coming into MetroHealth, making its first debut in an Ohio hospital.

MetroHealth’s dermatologists use SkinIO to take full-body images of patients’ skin to create their digital skin health record – in 10 minutes or less.

Here’s how it works:

  • SkinIO’s AI-driven technology flags any new or changed lesions on the skin that require closer examination. Essentially, it’s a second set of expert eyes.
  • SkinIO images become part of each MetroHealth patient’s digital skin health record, a living resource for them and their doctor. 
  • MetroHealth patients will also be able to use SkinIO to track their skin health at home between appointments, so they can proactively reach out to their doctor if they notice anything new or changed. 

“Skin IO is most helpful in detection of early stages of melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer,” said. Dr. David Crowe, Department Chair of Dermatology. “People with a personal history of melanoma, a strong family history of melanoma or multiple dysplastic nevi (precancerous moles) are most appropriate for Skin IO photography, and more likely to obtain insurance coverage.”

Skin cancers impact one in five Americans. In fact, more people have had skin cancer over the past three decades than all other cancers combined. If it’s caught early, though, skin cancer is almost entirely curable, and the cost of treatment can be mitigated up to forty-fold.

MetroHealth’s partnership with SkinIO is another way we’re increasing focus on preventive care and helping to diagnose and treat the most prevalent form of cancer in America. It’s part of our commitment to continue to bring innovative care to patients by fulfilling our mission of leading the way to a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery and teamwork.

To make an appointment with a physician in dermatology at MetroHealth, please visit www.metrohealth.org/dermatology or call 216-778-3376.

About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

For more information, visit metrohealth.org.