Inpatient Teledermatology: a Review

Joseph Mocharnuk, Trevor Lockard, Corey Georgesen, Joseph C. English

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: Inpatient teledermatology is a rapidly growing field with significant potential to add value and streamline patient care. This review summarizes the current literature on inpatient teledermatology, primarily focusing on its diagnostic and clinical management utility as compared to live dermatologic evaluation. Recent Findings: The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of inpatient teledermatology, which has been shown to be comparable to live hospitalist evaluation for triage, diagnosis, and management of hospitalized patients for a wide variety of conditions. Despite its comparative cost-effectiveness and recent changes in reimbursement practices, inpatient teledermatology still lacks sufficient reimbursement incentive for widespread implementation. Summary: Inpatient teledermatology is an effective, efficient, accurate, and cost-effective means of managing the hospital burden of skin disease, especially in areas where access to dermatologic care is limited. It is essential that dermatologists and referring providers comprehend the use and potential pitfalls of inpatient teledermatology to effectively incorporate it into hospital practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-59
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Dermatology Reports
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2022

Keywords

  • Dermatology hospitalists
  • Inpatient teledermatologist
  • Inpatient teledermatology
  • Store-and-forward teledermatology
  • Teledermatology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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