ABSTRACT

The inherent visual nature of dermatology makes it suitable for telemedicine. Several teledermatology projects have recently been initiated in developing countries, and the number is gradually increasing. 1–7 Preliminary results underline a number of potential benefits to patients, remote health care workers and health care systems of host countries. These benefits (Box 12.1) include easy extension of specialized dermatological services to geographically remote areas with few dermatologists, reduction of patients’ waiting time for appointments, faster screening for skin diseases, promotion and coordination of scientific health projects, and education of health workers and lay people. 1–6,8 Local physicians benefit from the mentoring and educational aspects of the consultations, as well as the access to improved research facilities and professional interactions. Consulting experts also get special opportunities to review rare or unusual dermatological cases.