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.

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:

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering $500 million in grants to help rural health care facilities and communities expand access to vaccines, telehealth, and various health care services. Information on the grants and program can be found in the Federal Register Notice and on the USDA Emergency Rural Health Care Grant website. There are two types of grants available: Recovery Grants and Impact Grants

  1. Recovery Grants will go toward public bodies, nonprofit organizations, and tribes for immediate relief to increase vaccines and telehealth capabilities, replace lost revenue, purchase medical supplies, and other staffing and facility operation needs. Recovery Grant applications are being accepted now until funds are expended.
  2. Impact Grants are available to the same entities but are focused on regional partnerships and improving systemic issues to create a more sustainable health care system in those rural areas. Eligible Impact Grant strategies include developing integrated health care systems, supporting health care as an anchor institution, and expanding telehealth and electronic health data sharing. Impact Grant applications are being accepted now through October 12, 2021.

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)

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!