Teledermatology via a Social Networking Web Site: A Pilot Study Between a General Hospital and a Rural Clinic

ArticleinTelemedicine and e-Health 17(8):652-5 · July 2011with17 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.67 · DOI: 10.1089/tmj.2011.0038 · Source: PubMed

    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.