Virtual Dermatology Is Here, But Does It Work?
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4/1/2015 | 7:56:49 PM
I'm not sure what virtual dermatology is, but for me it doesn't seem like a great idea. Telemedicine is a relatively new form of technology, and not all of the kinks have been worked out yet. There's just something about seeing a doctor in person to have them examine you that is comforting and feels like it's accomplishing something. This is especially true with dermatologists.
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9/13/2013 | 12:42:10 AM
re: Virtual Dermatology Is Here, But Does It Work?
This is yet another example of how telemedicine can make life easier for both patients and for providers. With a visual field like dermatology it makes sense that there be a remote app that can allow patients to remotely connect with physicians. Being that this is a visual app, my guess is that the physicians are going to use their judgement as to whether they can remotely treat the patient or not.

Jay Simmons
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9/5/2013 | 10:41:35 PM
re: Virtual Dermatology Is Here, But Does It Work?
I'm a believer in telemedicine for both cost savings and customer convenience, so this looks intriguing, but I don't think people will go for the 3-day wait. Amazon can get calamine lotion to my door in less than 24 hours, but you need 3 days to look at my picture and tell me it's poison ivy? That's the digital business mentality.
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9/5/2013 | 9:17:35 AM
re: Virtual Dermatology Is Here, But Does It Work?
I would like to briefly comment on some of the limitations Dr. Mobasser alluded to:Dermatologists rarely need to GǣtouchGǥ something to be able to
satisfactorily diagnose. We are not able to touch or palpate lesions whenever we take our boards, acquire
continuing medical education credits, perform self-assessment and
re-certification examinations or continue maintenance of learning as required
by the American Board of Dermatology. All of these exercises as visual only.
DermatologistOnCall is a fully scalable web-based virtual office platform. The intent of our application is for dermatologists to diagnose, treat, and counsel the myriad of common, low-risk, acute care, and non-urgent dermatologically conditions, the very conditions that patients no longer have timely access to our services due to long waiting times thus enabling in-office slots for patients who really need them for more serious skin diseases. Virtual care (store and forward teledermatology) has already been shown in peer-reviewed evidence based medicine to be just as diagnostically reliable as in-office face-to-face encounters. At Iagnosis, we believe that our platform is just another tool that dermatologists can use as an extension of their practices to better service their patients and enable affordable and accessible skin care by the most qualified group to do so...board-certified dermatologists.
Mark P. Seraly, MD
CEO Iagnosis

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