Well, you can't have your blood pressure taken over a computer screen (yet), that's for certain.
With the average wait to see a physician hovering over 21 days, services like ZocDoc
are allowing patients to search for a dermatologist online or via their smart phone, and book an appointment as soon as possible. More than 40% of ZocDoc
users are able to see a physician within 24 hours, and more than 60% see a doctor within 3 days.
Best of all, it is free to the patient. (The dermatologist pays a small monthly fee to be listed on the site).
On the other hand, some practices also allow you to have an entire appointment with a dermatologist online. Studies show that teledermatology and convention dermatology have similar outcomes (BMJ
, 2000) when it comes to accuracy of diagnosis. Still, this brings up a lot of other questions: Will patients be as satisfied without the face-to-face experience? Are patients as likely feel loyalty to a dermatologist online as opposed to in person?
What do you think about teledermatology? Let me know in Comments - I'd love to hear what you think!