Teledermatology allows patients and dermatologists to communicate and exchange medical information from a distance using technology, such as video conferencing.
Due to the visual nature of many skin conditions, teledermatology can be a valuable tool for those who need to be seen by a dermatologist, but don’t have ready access to one. Additionally, teledermatology can often be utilized to monitor or follow-up with patients who have certain chronic conditions, in order to ensure that their treatment plan is working effectively.
During COVID-19, ClearlyDerm is utilizing teledermatology to serve new and existing patients with the highest level of skin care, from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
Learn more about the skin conditions we can potentially evaluate and treat through our online services, as well as the benefits of choosing teledermatology with ClearlyDerm.
When you call to schedule an appointment, we’ll discuss the reason for your visit and assess whether it’s a good fit for teledermatology.
Some of the conditions we can evaluate and potentially treat using teledermatatology include:
Majority of rashes
Acne, including follow-up Accutane patients for refills (with appropriate lab work)
Follow-ups for most chronic conditions being monitored
Some spot lesions and hair loss
Some services and conditions may require an in-person visit. For example, full-body exams cannot be done via teledermatology and will be deferred for a few weeks. Additionally, moles and other single-spot lesions are difficult to evaluate via teledermatology and will likely require in-office visits. Wound care will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, as in-office lab cultures may be necessary.
Benefits of Teledermatology
Teledermatology appointments save you a trip to the dermatologist’s office, allowing you to attend a brief virtual appointment and then get right back to your day. They also give you access to board-certified dermatologists who may be in a completely different zip code or state than you.
Some of the other benefits of teledermatology with ClearlyDerm include:
Continuity of care. Maybe you’ve seen the same ClearlyDerm dermatologist for years — and you’d like to continue to do so. Fortunately, that’s still possible with ClearlyDerm’s teledermatology services. If you have a specific dermatologist in mind, just let us know when you book your appointment and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
Same-day appointments. Skin concerns can make people feel stressed or worried, especially when they don’t know the underlying cause. To help you find answers (and peace of mind) as quickly as possible, we offer same-day teledermatology appointments. Find the care you need, when you need it most.
Skip the waiting room. No more sitting in a waiting room until your name is called. You can continue to sip your morning coffee or work from home until the doctor calls — and then get right back to your day afterward. When you call to book an appointment, you’ll speak with one of our team members, who will ensure the process is simple and seamless.
Simple and easy-to-use technology. You’ve already got a lot going on — and we don’t want to add to that by requiring you to learn a complicated technology platform. We work with user-friendly solutions that make it easy to connect with us.
Most insurance plans accepted. ClearlyDerm accepts most insurance plans and the teledermatology visit is typically just the cost of your normal co-pay.
Preparing for Your Teledermatology Visit
Before your teledermatology visit, make sure to write down your symptoms. It’s also important to take clear, up close pictures and send those to us ahead of the video call. If you take a picture, it’s much easier for us to diagnose virtually. The provider will then use the video component to talk through your symptoms and potential treatment.
For the best digital photos, make sure to:
Ask someone you live with to take the picture (if possible)
Make sure the image is in focus and not blurry
Take the photo in good lighting
If the skin concern appears in more than one spot, please take multiple pictures
For areas like the face, it’s best to send in multiple pictures from different angles
Follow these additional tips to take the best photos possible.
Prior to your teledermatology appointment, we’ll ask you to send us these pictures. This allows us to assess your symptoms and the images in advance so that we can come to your virtual visit with feedback and recommendations for next steps.