Adoption of new technologies for early detection of melanoma in dermatologic practice
Dermatologic Surgical Procedures
Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome
Practice Guidelines as Topic
The identification and diagnosis of early melanoma will reduce unnecessary operations and may be important in reducing mortality from melanoma and impacting cost savings to the health system. New technologies are being developed and used at some specialized centers to facilitate the detection and diagnosis of early melanoma for patients at high risk. These technologies include but are not limited to digital photography, dermoscopy, computerized image analysis systems, and confocal scanning laser microscopy. To most effectively implement these novel approaches, it is important to identify the key factors that influence the adoption or diffusion of new medical technologies. We propose patient-, physician-, and health care system-related factors that influence the diffusion of new technologies for the early detection of skin cancer. Studies involving physicians and patients in a variety of clinical settings need to be conducted to achieve a greater understanding of the barriers to the adoption of these new technologic tools that are intended to aid in skin cancer screening.