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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!