Teledermatology via a social networking web site: a pilot study between a general hospital and a rural clinic.

Department of Dermatology, Hospital General Dr. Manuel Gea González, Mexico City, Mexico.
Telemedicine and e-Health (Impact Factor: 1.4). 07/2011; 17(8):652-5. DOI: 10.1089/tmj.2011.0038
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ABSTRACT Teledermatology via a free public social networking Web site is a practical tool to provide attention to patients who do not have access to dermatologic care. In this pilot study, a general practitioner sent consults to a dermatology department at a general hospital via Facebook(®). Forty-four patients were seen and treatment was installed. We identified both simple-to-treat, common skin diseases and rare congenital diseases that require genetic counseling and more complex treatment. The majority of patients (75%) benefited with the diagnoses and treatments offered, thus avoiding unnecessary expenses or transportation to urban areas.

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