Teledermatology is here! Now offering online visits…
- Posted on: Feb 21 2016
Are you a college student that can’t get home easily? Do you have trouble getting time off work? Are you doing well but need refills on a maintenance medication? Are you on vacation with a rash that has suddenly developed? Do you dread sitting in your dermatologist’s waiting room?
Have no fear… Teledermatology is here! A board-certified dermatologist is at your fingertips!
Rapid advances in technology have led to a “simple, secure, and convenient” means of healthcare delivery via smartphones, tablets, and laptops, i.e. telemedicine. Telemedicine services are booming, with an expected increase from 350,000 patients in 2013 to 7 million patients in 2018, according to a 2014 report by IHS, a consulting company.
Most patients have limited access to dermatologists- due to both patient lifestyle and an actual shortage of dermatologists. A recent study found that fewer than 30% of dermatologic complaints are being seen by dermatologists. Most of these complaints are being seen in more costly environments, i.e. the urgent care or ER setting. Patients are attracted by the extended hours and shorter wait times offered by these facilities. What patients don’t know is that practitioners in these settings correctly diagnose only about 25% of dermatologic cases. Hence, the development of telemedicine and teledermatology, a simple and more cost effective way to gain access to a dermatologist quickly.
Now you can consult with a dermatologist from the comfort of your home! Submit your background information, complaint, and pictures via a 100% secure, HIPAA and HITECH compliant, online platform, and get a diagnosis and treatment, including prescriptions, within no more than 3 days!
We now offer DermatologistOnCall, so why wait? Start your online visit today!
Amy Betschart, PA-C