Journal Article
. 2018 Oct; 3(3):.
doi: 10.3390/tropicalmed3030084.

Long-Range Diagnosis of and Support for Skin Conditions in Field Settings

Victoria Williams 1 Carrie Kovarik 2 
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Abstract

Skin diseases are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide; however, access to dermatology services are critically limited, particularly in low- to middle-income countries (LMIC), where there is an overall shortage of physicians. Implementation of long-range technological support tools has been growing in an effort to provide quality dermatology care to even the most remote settings globally. eHealth strategies can provide realistic healthcare solutions if implemented in a feasible and sensitive way, customizing tools to address the unique needs and resource limitations of the local setting. This article summarizes the various types of telemedicine and mobile health (mHealth) tools and their practical applications and benefits for patient care. The challenges and barriers of teledermatology are discussed, as well as steps to consider when implementing a new teledermatology initiative. eHealth arguably offers one of the most flexible and realistic tools for providing critically needed access to dermatology skills in underserved LMICs.

Keywords: dermatology; eHealth; long range diagnosis; mHealth; skin disease; technology; teledermatology; telepathology.

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