Teledermatology refers to various aspects of dermatology delivered using modern information and communications technology (ICT).
- Dermatological consultations using video conferencing. This is real-time teledermatology.
- Dermatological consultations using still images and text information. This is store-and-forward teledermatology. The images are usually obtained using digital technology.
- Dermatological consultations using a mobile phone. This is mobile teledermatology.
- Hybrid systems
The dermatologist may conduct consultations with another dermatologist, a general practitioner, another health practitioner or directly with the patient. Teledermatology may be restricted to a certain area such as dermatopathology (teledermatopathology), dermoscopy (teledermoscopy) or triage of skin lesions.
Participants may be in a medical facility, at home or travelling in a remote location.
Teledermatology also may be applied to the dermatological education or peer support of dermatologists, other health practitioners or consumers (patients).
The technology may involve the plain old telephone system (POTS) or the Internet, via satellite, wireless or copper wire. It may involve broadband, Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), mobile or dial-up connections.
This opens in a new window. It is a lecture on teledermatology in New Zealand that has been given by Clinical Associate Professor Amanda Oakley to various audiences.
On DermNet NZ:
- Teledermatology emedicine dermatology
- Interactive Teledermatology emedicine dermatology
- International Society of Teledermatology
- The Community for Teledermatology
- Internet Dermatology Society
- American Academy of Dermatology Telemedicine Task Force
- TeleDerm Solutions
- Teledermatology blogspot
- American Telemedicine Association Teledermatology Special Interest Group
- British Teledermatology Society
- Learn Dermatology online education in skin diseases
- Indian Society of Teledermatology
- Pakistan Society of Teledermatology
- Physicians for Telehealth Support project – Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Books about skin diseases:
See the DermNet NZ bookstore