Teledermatology

General Telehealth Resources

Center for Connected Health Policy
The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center, Federally funded, with state-by-state updated information on telehealth policy in your state, federal information. Resources include documents, webinars, and a newsletter to keep abreast of US policies on telehealth. This site is policy and funding focused, and not specific to dermatology or pediatrics.

Telehealth 101 & 201: The Learning Series with short videos that delve into basics, and then more detail of telehealth policy including prescribing, licensing and Medicaid reimbursement. https://www.cchpca.org/resources/category/video/

American Telemedicine Association
A membership based non-profit for advancing industry adoption of telehealth and virtual care, promote responsible policy, advocate for government and market normalization, and provide education and resources to help integrate virtual care into emerging value-based delivery models. This site is more industry based, and addresses policy and reimbursement. This is geared for all telehealth, not dermatology or pediatric specific.

American Academy of Dermatology Teledermatology Toolkit
The AAD has developed a full teledermatology toolkit that includes how to get started, implementation, vendors, reimbursement and coding, and compliance. It has several relevant, basic educational modules, including one for pediatric teledermatology. AAD membership required access to the toolkit, which is dermatology specific.

American Academy of Pediatrics
The AAP has a mixture of free and membership-based telehealth resources for patients with handouts, great educational videos, plus resources for practices on overcoming barriers and then optimizing telehealth across communities. This resource is pediatric focused, not dermatology specific.

Teleheath Research Resources & Funding Opportunities

SPROUT (Supporting Pediatric Research on Outcomes and Utilization of Telehealth)
A pediatric telehealth research network under the Section on Telehealth Care of the AAP.

Relevant Publication:
Strategies for Evaluating Telehealth. John Chuo, Michelle L. Macy, Scott A. Lorch. Pediatrics Nov 2020, 146 (5) e20201781; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2020-1781. https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/146/5/e20201781

PEDRA (Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance)

Interested in studying teledermatology, but not sure where to start? This report could give you ideas.

From the CCHP: The traction gained by telehealth during the pandemic has raised a number of policy questions. One of the most frequent issues raised revolves around telehealth’s impact on quality of care, but even more so, how to measure quality of care delivered via telehealth. With funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Quality Forum (NQF) convened a stakeholder group between January and October 2021 to create a framework for assessing telehealth impacts on the healthcare system and health outcomes, specifically during emergencies in rural areas. Released in November 2021, the Final Report, Rural Telehealth and Healthcare System Readiness Measurement Framework, recommends primary areas for measurement, such as access and equity, existing measurements that can also be applied, as well as concepts to continue developing and prioritizing moving forward.

Advocacy and Education

Education/outreach for students:

The AAD has a program called Good Skin Knowledge which is aimed at providing basic skin knowledge for kids. This year's theme is virtual outreach to underserved communities teaching any or all of 4 x 1 hour long skin lessons on acne, skin structure and function, sun protection and plants and bugs. If you would like to volunteer as a medical student mentor or your students are interested, please contact Sue Boiko - sboiko@health.ucsd.edu or Katherine kvandenbogert@aad.org
Program will be revised in 2022 with more equity, diversity, inclusion. https://www.aad.org/public/parents-kids/lesson-plans

Resources to Use With Patients

Teledermatology Patient Handout

Teledermatology Handout | Word version for EMR | Greyscale version
Translation: Spanish

  • What Is Teledermatology?
  • What Are the Advantages and Limitations of Teledermatology?
  • How to Take High-Quality Photos on a Smartphone Before an Appointment

Pediatric Dermatologists and Telehealth

SPD's Teledermatology Committee currently meets every other month via Zoom on odd numbered months. Please reach out to the Interim Teledermatology Committee Chair, Sarah Asch, if you would like to join us or have an interest/concern/fun new idea to share!