What is teledermatology?

Teledermatology is the remote delivery of dermatologic services and clinical information using telecommunications technology.

The Academy updated its Position Statement on Teledermatology in August 2014. Download it here.


  • Store-and-forward: Sending or forwarding of digital images and associated patient data to the specialist for storage and consultation.
  • Live-interactive: Providers and patients interact via live video. A variety of peripheral hardware attachments may be utilized to enhance the consultation.


  • Direct-to-consumer: The patient sends images or interacts live, directly with the dermatologist.
  • Triage/consultative for inpatients and outpatients: Another physician sends images or interacts live with a dermatologist for either consultation or triage.

This is an example of a store-and-forward workflow, utilized by the AccessDerm system. Diagram courtesy of Caroline Nelson.