Evaluation of a pediatric dermatology electronic consult program in a rural state with subanalysis of infantile hemangioma cases

Pediatr Dermatol. 2022 Nov;39(6):923-926. doi: 10.1111/pde.15118. Epub 2022 Aug 16.

Abstract

An electronic consultation (e-Consult) store-and-forward teledermatology program was implemented to improve access to dermatologic care in Maine. While initially designed to triage potential skin cancers, we found this program to be heavily used for pediatric patients, especially infants. Our findings suggest e-Consult expedites care for pediatric dermatology patients, particularly those with infantile hemangiomas. The addition of dermoscopy to e-Consult platforms has the potential to expand e-Consult effectiveness.

Keywords: access; dermatology; dermoscopy; e-Consults; infantile hemangioma; pediatrics; primary care; store-and-forward; teledermatology; telemedicine; telementoring.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Dermatology*
  • Electronics
  • Hemangioma, Capillary*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Skin Diseases*
  • Telemedicine*