Two years' experience with Web-based teleconsulting in dermatology

C. Massone, H. P. Soyer, R. Hofmann-Wellenhof, A. di Stefani, G. P. Lozzi, G. Gabler, H. Dong, G. Argenziano, F. Ozdemir, R. Fink-Puches, W. Salmhofer, I. Zalaudek, E. Nunzi, H. Kerl

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A non-commercial teledermatology network based on store-and-forward operation was established in April 2002. The aim was to create an easy-to-use platform for teleconsultation services, where physicians could seek diagnostic advice in dermatology from a pool of expert consultants and where they could present and discuss challenging dermatology cases with special emphasis on diagnosis and therapy. An online moderated discussion forum was added in October 2003. During the first two years, 348 health-care professionals from 45 countries registered to use the Website. A total of 783 requests for consultations were answered; 285 requests concerned pigmented skin lesions, 440 requests were from the whole range of clinical dermatology and 58 requests were about non-melanoma skin cancer. Of a total of 133 requests analysed, 80 (60%) were answered within one day, 47 (35%) within one week, five (4%) within two weeks and one (1%) consultation was answered in more than two weeks. Our experience with a discretionary, non-commercial, multilingual Website for open-access teleconsulting in dermatology appears to be successful. The Website represents an example of user-generated content, together with active interaction between users, who can present and discuss cases with remote colleagues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-87
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Policy
  • Nursing(all)


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