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.
Karen McKoy, MD
Senior Staff
Lahey Clinic
Burlington, MA
Mark Seraly, MD
CEO, CMO and Founder
McMurray, PA
Trilokraj Tejasbi, MD
Director, Teledermatology Services
Faculty Associate, GLOBAL REACH
Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology
University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems
Ann Arbor, MI

April Armstrong
Immediate Past Chair 
April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Clinical Research
Director of Clinical Research, Southern California Clinical and Transnational Science Institute (SC CTSI)
Vice Chair | Director, Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research \ Director, Psoriasis Program
Department of Dermatology
Keck School of Medicine at USC
University of Southern California
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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.

Details | Download

Practice Guidelines for Teledermatology (December 2007)
Dermatology Practice Guidelines 2016
Published April 2016
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.

Details | Download

Photography Guide for Teledermatology (2014)

  The Photography Guide for Teledermatology poster was released at ATA 2014 and  
  is now available for free.  The poster was developed by Canfield, Inc. in conjunction 
  with the ATA Teledermatology SIG.

  Click here to order a free poster from Candfield, Inc. 
  Please note, shipping and handling is not included.


Survey of Active Teledermatology Programs (2014)

General Resources