Teledermatology Enables Effective Patient Triage

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Thursday, February 26, 2015

Timothy Abrahamson, a dermatologist based in Des Moines, Iowa, has used standard telemedicine for patients, patients who would otherwise not be seen by a dermatologist in the inpatient setting.
"Teledermatology is not going to replace seeing the patient, but it can help us (inpatient dermatologists) triage," says Timothy Abrahamson, M.D., a dermatologist with Greater Des Moines Dermatology PC.
"As a solo dermatologist, it is impossible for me to go five separate hospital locations on a randomly requested basis," Dr. Abrahamson says.
In particular, Dr. Abrahamson wishes he could use the store-and-forward format in the comfort of his home to view images when he has availability and make a recommendation for care to the referring physician, a non-dermatologist who may be an emergency physician or internist.
Read more at Dermatology Times.