Teledermatology




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.













Leadership


Trilokraj Tejasvi, MD
Chair

Director, Teledermatology Services
Faculty Associate, GLOBAL REACH
Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology
University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems

Ann Arbor, MI



Ivy Lee, MD
Vice Chair

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology
University of Southern California
Keck School of Medicine and Pasadena Premier Dermatology

Pasadena, CA 



Karen McKoy, MD
Immediate Past Chair

Senior Staff
Lahey Clinic

Burlington, MA






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 video conferencing. For video conferencing, 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.





Status of Teledermatology Research April 2018
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Practice Guidelines for TeleDermatology
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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.




Empirical Foundations of Teledermatology (article)
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This article presents the scientific evidence for the merit of telemedicine interventions in the diagnosis and management of skin disorders (teledermatology) in the published literature. The impetus for this work derives from the high prevalence of skin disorders, the high cost, the limited availability of dermatologists in certain areas, and the promise of teledermatology to address unmet needs in this area.




Quick Guide to Store-Forward and Live-Interactive Teledermatology for Referring Providers
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A concise overview of work-flows, equipment requirements and best practices for both Live (synchronous) and Store-and-Forward (asynchronous) teledermatology. June 2017 Funding support for this initiative was provided by United Health Foundation.




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




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




Photography Guide for Teledermatology Poster
The Photography Guide for Teledermatology poster (2014) is now available for free. Developed by Canfield, Inc. in conjunction with the ATA Teledermatology SIG.(2014) Order it from Candfield, Inc., shipping and handling is not included.