Current Dermatology Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 77–82 | Cite as

Mobile Device Use in Dermatologic Patient Care

  • Seth J. Lofgreen
  • Kurt Ashack
  • Kyle A. Burton
  • Robert P. DellavalleEmail author
Teledermatology (D Oh, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Teledermatology


Rapidly evolving technology, improved mobile device optics, and the uniquely visual nature of dermatology all promote mobile device use in the clinic. This paper examines how dermatologists use mobile device technology in direct patient care. We discuss mobile applications (apps) for both dermatologists and patients, as well as for integration with the electronic health record. Furthermore, we discuss aspects of teledermatology (including teledermoscopy), both from consults from a primary care provider and in using teledermatology to directly connect to the patient. Finally, we address patient perception of mobile devices in the clinic.


Mobile phone patient care Smartphones Mobile apps Applications teledermatology Telemedicine Teledermoscopy 


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Conflict of Interest

Dr. RP Dellavalle is an employee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs had no role in the writing of this manuscript. Any opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. SJ Lofgreen, Mr. KA Burton, and Mr. KA Ashack report no conflicts of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seth J. Lofgreen
    • 1
  • Kurt Ashack
    • 2
  • Kyle A. Burton
    • 3
  • Robert P. Dellavalle
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    Email author
  1. 1.University of Colorado-Denver School of MedicineAuroraUSA
  2. 2.Michigan State University College of Human MedicineGrand RapidsUSA
  3. 3.University of Central Florida College of MedicineOrlandoUSA
  4. 4.Department of DermatologyUniversity of Colorado Anschutz Medical CampusAuroraUSA
  5. 5.Dermatology Service, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Medical CenterEastern Colorado Health Care SystemDenverUSA
  6. 6.Department of EpidemiologyColorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical CampusAuroraUSA

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