Groundbreaking Telehealth Platform in Dermatology

An Australian telehealth dermatology service has been described as “five years in front of” anything else in its field at a recent global conference.

The Teledermatologist smartphone platform, developed by the team behind Newcastle Dermatology, offers same-day consultations for patients in rural and regional areas.

“At the World Congress of Teledermatology last year, the feedback from committee members was that our service is five years in front of anyone else in terms of the way we’ve done it and the platform we’ve used,” said Murray Corbett, who is CEO at Newcastle Dermatology and has dedicated much of the last two and a half years to developing Teledermatologist.

When development of Teledermatologist first began, the quality of some older smartphone cameras presented a potential hurdle, Corbett said.

But with the latest smartphones that has largely been eliminated.

“If you use Apple as an example, anything past an iPhone 5 has a pretty good camera and focus lens in it,” he said.

“This technology is the next logical step beyond the tradition ‘store and forward’ method that has served medicine for the last 25 years,” Corbett said.

Now the biggest challenge is getting GPs to embrace the solution.

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by Thea Cowie – Healthcare IT News