'Teledermatology' among trends in prescription skin drug market

Kalorama Information sai that “teledermatology,” the treatment of skin conditions via an Internet connection between physician and patient, has grown significantly with the aid of the Internet.

Teledermatology started as a way of delivering care to remote communities, but is now spreading into urban areas. Kalorama says that this type of service may reduce referral lists by ten percent, and may also help with urgent cases and help prioritize referrals. Kalorama noted the trend in report, World Market for Prescription Dermatological Drugs, 9th Edition (Anti-acne, Anti-aging, Dermatitis, Hair Loss, Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Melasma and Seborrhea Treatments).

In a teledermatology system, the images have to be encrypted and sent by Internet connection to a remote destination where they can be studied and a report sent back to the practice.

Kalorama believes that teledermatology could alter the way that patients are referred and the way patients receive service. A department distant from the practice could deliver the service, or it could be a local unit. The systems also offer the possibility of a fast track into a local clinic for further investigation or treatment.

Diagnosis accuracy by teledermatology depends on the doctors´ proficiency and the imaging technology of the mobile phone, whose pixels must be more than 1.3 million. If doctors could have consultation to discuss the case, the accuracy could be over 90 percent, creating an important supplement to the clinic treatment of dermatology. According to recent information, the diagnosis accuracy of teledermatology by mobile phone around the world has reached around 90 percent. By teledermatology, the pathological changes of the skin can be transmitted to the doctors through digital technology to help them make diagnosis and choose relevant treatment.

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