Teledermatology

Teledermatology is a subspecialty in the medical field of dermatology and probably one of the most common applications of telemedicine and e-health. Perednia and Brown were the dermatologists who first coined the term “teledermatology” in 1995. Telecommuncation technologies are being used to transfer medical information over varying distances through audio, visual and data communication. Applications of teledermatology span different areas of health care management such as consultation, diagnoses, treatment and even education. There are two concepts which form the basis for the practice of teledermatology (as telemedicine): Store and forward (SAF), and real time or interactive teledermatology. The SAF and real time application methods can also be combined to form hybrid modes of data transmission. Health care management and education and information are the area where teledermatology can be applied.