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.