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Teledermatology: Who is Providing Your Care?

Summary: Who is making your dermatology diagnosis when you use telemedicine?
Air Date: 3/11/16
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Carrie Kovarik, MD
Dr. Carrie KovarikCarrie L. Kovarik, MD, is an Associate Professor of Dermatology, Dermatopathology, and Infectious Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kovarik has a special interest in global and community health, telemedicine, informatics, and HIV-related skin disease. She created the Penn Dermatology Global Health program, through which she works to provide clinical care and education in developing countries and underserved communities in the United States. She has designed and completed several international clinical trials, including two in Botswana related to the evaluation of innovative telemedicine programs for diagnosing diseases in HIV-infected patients. She is now focusing on developing, sustaining, and researching new models of health care that can increase access to care through telemedicine. Dr. Kovarik just completed her tenure on the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Board of Directors and is the immediate Past Chair and current Advisor of the AAD Teledermatology Task Force. She also serves on the AAD Telemedicine Reimbursement Workgroup and has consulted on several state bills for instituting high quality.
Teledermatology: Who is Providing Your Care?
As technology develops and schedules become tighter, telemedicine is a great alternative to an in-person office visit in many cases.

There are a number of websites and apps dedicated to dermatology diagnosis.

With the options available for telemedicine, the level of care varies. Not everyone on the other end of the app is a dermatologist.

Who is making your dermatology diagnosis when you use telemedicine?

Listen in as Dr. Carrie Kovarik joins Dr. Leigh to share what to expect from teledermatology.