Teledermatology SIG

The purpose of the Teledermatology SIG is to foster, promote and support the field of teledermatology within a diverse group of professionals. Areas of interest include developing standards and protocols for teledermatology, developing a database to collect teledermatology activity in the United States, reviewing literature for outcomes studies, and developing recommendations for reimbursement codes for teleconsultations. The SIG sponsors tutorials, courses and other educational seminars in Teledermatology as well as this web page that provides important information and numerous documents and reports in support of this specialty field.

What is Teledermatology?

Teledermatology is one of the most active applications of telemedicine rendered in the United States. Dermatology is particularly suited to the use of advanced communication technologies and the internet for delivery of care. By using advanced communication technologies, dermatologists are able to widen their reach to patients in a cost-effective manner.

Teledermatology specialty care is generally delivered via store-and-forward communications or by full-motion video. In teledermatology, store-and-forward communication typically refers to the sending or forwarding of digital images and associated patient data to the specialist for storage and consultation. For full-motion video, providers and patients interact via live videoconferencing. For videoconferencing, a variety of peripheral hardware attachments may be utilized to enhance the consultation: episcopes, power zoom, freeze frame and polarizing devices, oblique angle viewing devices, and contact plates.
Dennis Oh, MD, PhD
Dennis Oh, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Dermatology
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco , CA
April W. Armstrong MD, MPH
April W. Armstrong MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Director of Dermatology Clinical Research Unit and Teledermatology Program
UC Davis School of Medicine
Sacramento, CA
Jeffrey Benabio, MD
Jeffrey Benabio, MD
Kaiser Permanente
La Mesa, CA
Marc Goldyne, MD, PhD
Immediate Past Chair 
Marc Goldyne, MD, PhD 
Clinical Professor of Dermatology
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
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SIG Products

Standards and Guidelines

Quick Guide to Store-Forward and Live-Interactive Teledermatology for Referring Providers (April 2012)
Quick Guide to Store-Forward and Live-Interactive Teledermatology for Referring Providers
Published April 2012
A concise overview of work-flows, equipment requirements and best practices for both Live (synchronous) and Store-and-Forward (asynchronous) teledermatology. Funding support for this initiative was provided by United Health Foundation.

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Practice Guidelines for Teledermatology (December 2007)
Practice Guidelines for Teledermatology
Published December 2007
These guidelines are designed to aid in the development and practice of coherent, effective, safe and sustainable teledermatology practices. The document is a consensus operational best practice reference,
based on clinical empirical experience, as well as an educational tool to aid practitioners in providing
appropriate telehealth care for patients.

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Survey of Active Teledermatology Programs (2013)

General Resources