What is teledermatology?

Teledermatology is the remote delivery of dermatologic services and clinical information using telecommunications technology.


  • Store-and-forward: Sending or forwarding of digital images and associated patient data to the specialist for storage and consultation.
  • Live-interactive: Providers and patients interact via live video. A variety of peripheral hardware attachments may be utilized to enhance the consultation.


  • Direct-to-consumer: The patient sends images or interacts live, directly with the dermatologist.
  • Triage/consultative for inpatients and outpatients: Another physician sends images or interacts live with a dermatologist for either consultation or triage.

This is an example of a store-and-forward workflow, utilized by the AccessDerm system. Diagram courtesy of Caroline Nelson.