Teledermoscopy referrals surpass paper for managing skin cancer patients



Smartphone teledermoscopy referrals were faster and allowed for more efficient management of patients with skin cancer, compared with paper referrals, according to Dr. Alexander Börve of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and his associates.

The waiting time was significantly shorter using teledermoscopy for patients with various melanomas and carcinomas when surgical treatment was necessary. “Triage decisions were also more reliable with teledermoscopy, and over 40% of the teledermoscopy patients could potentially have avoided face-to-face visits,” the researchers noted (Acta. Derm. Venereol. 2015;95:186-90).

Less than 1% of teledermoscopy referrals were excluded because of poor image quality, they said.

Read the full article at Acta Dermato-Venereologica (doi:10.2340/00015555-1906).

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