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AI-based smartphone apps for risk assessment of skin cancer need more evaluation and better regulation

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Smartphone applications (“apps”) with artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms are increasingly used in healthcare. Widespread adoption of these apps must be supported by a robust evidence-base and app manufacturers’ claims appropriately regulated. Current CE marking assessment processes inadequately protect the public against the risks created by using smartphone diagnostic apps.

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We would like to thank Prof. Jonathan Deeks and Prof. Hywel Williams for comments on an earlier version of the manuscript.

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R.M. and J.D. contributed equally to this work. Both authors contributed to the conception of the work, drafted the manuscript and approved the final version. The corresponding author attests that all listed authors meet authorship criteria and that no others meeting the criteria have been omitted.

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J.D. is supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Birmingham (grant reference No BRC-1215-20009). The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

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Matin, R.N., Dinnes, J. AI-based smartphone apps for risk assessment of skin cancer need more evaluation and better regulation. Br J Cancer 124, 1749–1750 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41416-021-01302-3

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