Launched just over a month ago, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, published the findings of a study finding substantial diagnostic agreement between teledermatologists and in-person dermatologists.
The bottom line? Mobile health solutions may soon change the field of dermatology as we’ve always known it.
For the physicians and developers of First Derm, an anonymous teledermatology app provided by iDoc24, this study confirms their opinion that it’s possible for patients to receive quality health information from board-certified specialists that is relatively inexpensive and as convenient as snapping a selfie.
“When you consider the time it takes to call for an appointment, see your internist for a referral to dermatology, and then wait several weeks for that appointment,” explains First Derm founder and CEO Dr. Alexander Börve, “an app like First Derm can save both money and hassle. We know moms are busy. Our aim is to connect you with a dermatologist who can provide guidance on what to do next with your skin problems – within 24 hours.”
Impressively, the makers of the app say First Derm dermatologists have now reviewed over 4,000 cases since the app launched in 2013. Of those cases, 70 percent were able to self-treat with an over-the-counter medication and 30 percent were advised to see a family doctor or dermatologist for follow up care and treatment.
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