Journal article

Telemedicine evaluation of cutaneous diseases: A blinded comparative study

JL Lesher, LS Davis, FW Gourdin, D English, WO Thompson

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY | MOSBY-YEAR BOOK INC | Published : 1998

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Numerous telemedicine programs have been created in the United States, but studies documenting the fidelity and effectiveness of telemedicine for evaluation of skin diseases are lacking. OBJECTIVE: We attempted to determine the percentage of encounters in which two different dermatologists, one using telemedicine and one on-site, could independently arrive at the same primary diagnosis. METHODS: Two clinical telemedicine sites linked through the Georgia Statewide Telemedicine Program were used in this study of 60 patients with skin problems. One dermatologist evaluated the patients on telemedicine (interactive television) and a second then took the patients into a separate examin..

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