Get a rapid and accurate diagnosis
What is Teledermatology?
DermView’s teledermatology enables the patient to receive a rapid, accurate diagnosis from a leading dermatology consultant in Ireland.
In teledermoscopy, a specialist can receive digital dermoscopic lesion images through electronic transmission to examine them. DermView is a telediagnostic platform that enables specialists to do this.
Dermoscopy refers to the technical field of utilizing an epiluminescence microscope to view skin lesions in magnification in-vivo. It is especially useful in quickly detecting malignant skin lesions or melanoma.
The images and medical notes are assessed remotely by Consultant Dermatologists, without having to see the patient in person or via video link.
Digital dermoscopic images use specialist cameras designed for dermoscopy. As dermoscopy involves the examination of two-dimensional images, it perfectly suits digital imaging and teledermatology.
Leading Consultant dermatologists, Mohs surgeons, Plastic surgeons, Maxillofacial surgeons, and GP’s, are all using the DermView platform ensuring the formation of a state-of-the-art system.
Is Teledermatology Safe?
According to several studies and the American Academy of Dermatology, teledermatology is considered as safe as a face-to-face skin exam.
Teledermatology involves using technology to conduct dermatological consultations and diagnose skin conditions remotely. This can be done through advanced photography electronic communications.
Several studies have shown that teledermatology is equivalent to in-person exams in terms of accuracy of diagnoses and effectiveness of treatment. These studies include a randomized controlled trial in which participants were randomly assigned to either a teledermatology group or an in-person group. The study found that there was no significant difference in the diagnosis or treatment of skin conditions between the two groups.
The American Academy of Dermatology also supports the use of teledermatology and has issued guidelines for its use. The guidelines state that teledermatology can provide high-quality care when used appropriately.
In addition to being safe, teledermatology also has several advantages over traditional dermatology appointments. It can be more convenient for patients who may not have easy access to a dermatologist or who have mobility issues. It can also be more efficient and cost-effective for both patients and providers.
Overall, the evidence suggests that teledermatology is a safe and effective way to diagnose and treat skin conditions and is comparable to in-person exams.
The Clinic Process
Upon arrival at the clinic for your consultation, the Scanning Nurse will record your relevant medical history and complete a series of high definition microscopic and macroscopic images of the skin complaint from your referral using specialist imaging equipment.
What Happens Next
The images of your skin complaint along with the medical history taken by the Scanning Nurse will be reviewed by a DermView Consultant Dermatologist who will provide results and a treatment plan.
There are 3 possible outcomes from the consultant dermatologist reports:
1. No Follow up Required
All is well and no intervention is needed. In this case you will receive an call from the DermView GP and an SMS with a direct link where you can view your results.
2. A Prescription is Required
You will receive a call from a DermView GP to discuss the Consultant recommendations and a valid prescription will be issued to you or your pharmacy as required. (GMS patients – it is required to have your prescription transcribed onto a GMS prescription – this can be facilitated by leaving the original prescription with your GP)
3. A Follow-up Consultation
(biopsy/removal/face to face consultation with a consultant dermatologist) is recommended. You will automatically be referred to the correct Consultant or Hospital department for the procedure.
The Consultant or Hospital will arrange a follow-up appointment directly with you in the following weeks/months depending on the urgency of your skin condition.