Teledermatology – discussing its limitations in practice
Doctors are constantly being urged to embrace new information technologies and develop new ways of working. Teledermatology is digital and it uses the latest developments in information technology, but is it a new way of working and can it provide our patients with the standards of care expected of a modern health service? The drive to develop telemedicine began in the 1950s and came from the need to provide specialist healthcare to remote, geographically isolated communities in the United States. The aim was to provide a facility that allowed the patient and referring physician to consult a specialist in real time via a televisual link.
Dermatology in practice 2005; 13(2): 9–10
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