Teledermatology: a Few Bulletpoints by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

  • The AAD released a teledermatology position statement a few years ago which was currently being revised and we’re going to see how we may adapt it given new situation with telemedicine.
  • The existing statement divides Telemedicine in Dermatology into a “live interactive” and “store-and-forward teledermatology”… while really highlighting the importance of high quality teledermatology.
  • Another point is that we need to make sure that patients always have the choice:
    • Patients can be forced to use telemedicine or otherwise be excluded
      • The AAD doesn’t want an insurer to require them to see telemedicine first.
    • This freedom of choice also applied to the providers:
      • Dermatologists shouldn’t be be required to see patients by telemedicine, if they would prefer to see patients in person.
    • The bottom line is choice for both sides here.
  • It’s also important that we hold up high standards as far as quality for:
    • proper history taking
    • proper documentation
    • high quality photos.

Jules Lipoff. Teledermatology in the US. 8th World Congress of Teledermatology, Skin Imaging and AI in Skin diseases – November 2020


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