Teledermatology via a social networking web site: a pilot study between a general hospital and a rural clinic

Telemed J E Health. 2011 Oct;17(8):652-5. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2011.0038. Epub 2011 Jul 26.

Abstract

Teledermatology via a free public social networking Web site is a practical tool to provide attention to patients who do not have access to dermatologic care. In this pilot study, a general practitioner sent consults to a dermatology department at a general hospital via Facebook(®). Forty-four patients were seen and treatment was installed. We identified both simple-to-treat, common skin diseases and rare congenital diseases that require genetic counseling and more complex treatment. The majority of patients (75%) benefited with the diagnoses and treatments offered, thus avoiding unnecessary expenses or transportation to urban areas.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dermatology / economics
  • Dermatology / methods
  • Dermatology / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Hospitals, General / economics
  • Hospitals, General / organization & administration
  • Hospitals, General / trends
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Remote Consultation / economics
  • Remote Consultation / methods
  • Remote Consultation / organization & administration*
  • Rural Health Services / economics
  • Rural Health Services / organization & administration
  • Rural Health Services / trends
  • Skin Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Skin Diseases / therapy*
  • Social Networking*
  • Young Adult