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Teledermatology Enables Effective Patient Triage

Thursday, February 26, 2015   (0 Comments)
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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.

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