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Telemedicine for Dermatology

As telemedicine continues to emerge and grow in healthcare, many dermatologists are looking at this as a way to provide both patient satisfaction and increase continuity of care. It’s no secret that dermatology practices spend a sufficient amount of time following up with patients after they’ve left the office. Now, asking patients to return to the office for a simple follow-up visit is a thing of the past. For any appointments that don’t require a physical examination, telemedicine can be used, and that is where Medici’s secure messaging, call, and video platform can help.

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Telemedicine services provided by Dermatologists

Communication

Medication Management

Patients no longer need to have an in-person office visit to manage most of their prescriptions. From acne medications to steroids or antifungals, telemedicine visits are an ideal solution for adjusting patient medications if needed. It’s more efficient for both patients and providers without sacrificing physician compensation.

Insurance

Lab Results and Screenings

Providers order multiple lab tests and screenings each day. For abnormal lab or biopsy results, secure messaging and video allows dermatologists to discuss results with their patients without losing money on follow-up phone calls.

Patient

Provide Ongoing Care

Follow-up visits are easily conducted through telemedicine and allow for dermatologists to continue to care for patients. Dermatologists are able to monitor symptom progression, adjust medications, and modify treatment plans without asking patients to return to the office.

Clinical use cases for Dermatologists using telehealth

  • Skin condition management
  • Cosmetic Consultations

Skin condition management

Patients with a broad range of skin issues are increasingly turning to telemedicine for convenient access to their providers from home. Using telemedicine can provide assisting medication adjustments, monitoring of side effects, lab/imaging result reviews, and overall treatment plan management. Dermatologists can also use telemedicine to share files applicable to a patient’s treatment plan so they can follow them easily. 

Skin conditions commonly managed through telemedicine for dermatology include:

  • Acne/Accutane

  • Rosacea

  • Skin discoloration, redness or dark spots

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Melasma

  • Shingles

  • Seborrheic dermatitis

  • Hives

  • Itchy skin

  • Keratosis Pilaris

  • Alopecia Areata

  • Perioral Dermatitis

  • Vitiligo

Cosmetic Consultations

Cosmetic consultations are an ideal telemedicine use case. Allowing your patient to conduct this consultation from their own home may help them relax and be more at ease when discussing their treatment options and potential concerns. Dermatologists can perform a discussion of the treatment plan and associated costs, all through telemedicine. 

Common consultations ideal for telemedicine include:

  • Injectables

  • Facial Treatments

  • Body Treatments

The benefits of telemedicine for your patients

Easy access to care drives engagement

Delaying doctors’ visits and failure to adhere to treatment plans are among a few things that hurt the long-term health of patients. By making access to care less of a burden, patients become more engaged in their treatment plans. This has long-term benefits for patients, their families, and the healthcare system as a whole.

Decreased wait times

Four in 10 patients reported waiting between one and six months for their initial dermatology appointment, while patients waited an average of six weeks to have a follow-up appointment. Long appointment wait times are putting patient health at risk. Telemedicine allows lower acuity appointments to remain out-of-office and introduces more appointment times for patients.

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FAQs about telemedicine for Dermatology

Is telemedicine HIPAA-compliant?
Not only is telemedicine software safe, secure and HIPAA-compliant, it’s required to be! The same requirements for patient privacy and confidentiality that apply for in-person visits apply to visits conducted virtually. The provider has the identical responsibility to protect patient information. The storage of electronic files, video, and images needs to be approached with the same caution as one would take with physical documents.
How do I begin using telemedicine?
You can begin telemedicine for dermatology without purchasing any new hardware. Services like Medici allow providers and patients to connect virtually through the app for smartphones and web.
Will my patients feel they’re receiving the same quality of care via telemedicine as they do in-person?
Often, patients delay or put off treatment due to the inconvenience of travel, time off work, child care and more. Telemedicine allows you to provide the same quality care as you normally would to patients and they will be happier for the added convenience.
How do I prescribe medications?
After entering your credentials, Medici allows you to securely prescribe medications during or immediately following a patient consultation to your patient’s preferred pharmacy.

The best telemedicine software for Dermatology

Our handy buyers guide for telemedicine solutions

Connection

Fully HIPAA compliant

All telehealth software must be secure and HIPAA-compliant, because sensitive patient information is being exchanged. Software like Skype and FaceTime, for example, are not HIPAA-compliant and should never be used for patient encounters.

Revenue

Appointment records

Simply for record keeping and on the off-chance you are audited, select telemedicine software that provides a thread of every interaction (including secure messages sent between provider and patient). This audit trail, combined with any thorough clinical documentation that can be exported to your EHR, is a telemedicine best practice.

Productivity

Seamless EHR integration

Any telemedicine software should fit seamlessly into your existing practice workflow. The best way to ensure this is to select a product that integrates directly with your electronic health record system with the ability to import your existing patient list.

Patient

Legal and malpractice support

Telemedicine is heavily regulated. And these regulations vary state by state and are changing rapidly. In order to adhere to these laws and industry best practices, it’s important to find a telemedicine platform that offers comprehensive legal and regulatory support, and even malpractice insurance.

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