The history of teledermatology in the Department of Defense

Dermatol Clin. 1999 Jan;17(1):113-24, ix. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8635(05)70073-5.


The Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare system supports the medical needs of service members while engaged in a variety of missions frequently in isolated, remote, and austere locations. As a result, the DoD has been a leader in the development of telemedicine, including teledermatology as a way to provide "good medicine in bad places." A brief technical history of teledermatology, representative DoD experiences including military unique concerns, and a novel approach to increase the access of DoD teledermatology consultation are presented in this article.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Dermatology / history*
  • Dermatology / methods
  • Government Agencies / history
  • History, 20th Century
  • Hospitals, Military / history
  • Humans
  • Military Medicine / history*
  • Military Medicine / methods
  • Telemedicine / economics
  • Telemedicine / history*
  • United States