Mobile Device Use in Dermatologic Patient Care


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.

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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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Lofgreen, S.J., Ashack, K., Burton, K.A. et al. Mobile Device Use in Dermatologic Patient Care. Curr Derm Rep 5, 77–82 (2016).

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  • Mobile phone patient care
  • Smartphones
  • Mobile apps
  • Applications teledermatology
  • Telemedicine
  • Teledermoscopy