Teledermatology during the COVID-19 pandemic: experience at a tertiary care center in north India
June 5, 2021
Sanjeev Handa MD, FAMS, FAAD, FRCP(Edin), Hitaishi Mehta MD, Anuradha Bishnoi MD, Keshavamurthy Vinay MD, Rahul Mahajan MD, Tarun Narang MD, Muthu Sendhil Kumaran MD, Dipankar De MD, Sunil Dogra MD, Davinder Parsad MD.
Wiley Online Library
Handa et al conducted a retrospective study to understand the satisfaction level for teledermatology based on the perspectives of dermatologists. Teledermatology is a delivery of dermatology served over telemedicine avenues, such as through telephone or video-conferencing. The objective of this study was to evaluate a hybrid model of teledermatology services offered via a smartphone interphase. The study team utilized a physician assessment form that was filled out by the dermatologists practicing in the center. Upon analysing the data, the research team found that 81.34% of patients were given a successful consult. Although, 49.62% of the patients preferred in-person visits, 88.2% and 82.4% felt comfortable providing teleconsultations and felt the need to continue the services in the upcoming months, respectively. The overall findings of the study helped validate the utilization of teledermatology services.
Handa S, Mehta H, Bishnoi A, et al. Teledermatology during the COVID-19 pandemic: experience at a tertiary care center in north India. Dermatologic therapy 2021; : e15022.