Teledermatology resources

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

 

 

April Armstrong, MD, MPH, provides an overview of store-and-forward teledermatology.

Modalities and uses

Modalities

  • 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.

Uses

  • 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.

Teledermatology in action

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AccessDerm is an Academy-sponsored teledermatology program that allows AAD dermatologists to provide care to underserved populations in the United States. By participating in the program, members and residents can consult remotely on dermatology cases using mobile devices and the Internet.

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AccessDerm is an Academy-sponsored teledermatology program that allows volunteer AAD member dermatologists to provide care to underserved populations in the United States.



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View an example of a store-and-forward workflow used by the AccessDerm system. Diagram courtesy of Caroline Nelson.

 

FSMB Interstate CompactThe American Academy of Dermatology applauds the Federation of State Medical Board for its efforts in reforming state licensure in a way that will preserve the authority of state medical boards, while also promoting patient safety, high-quality care and increased patient access. The FSMB’s “Interstate Medical Licensure Compact” will allow physicians greater flexibility in practicing across state lines, which is especially vital for the safe and effective provision of telemedicine services.