The Why: Throughout much of the United States, there are relatively few physicians practicing the specialty of dermatology. Thus, waiting times for an appointment may stretch from weeks to even months. At OnlineDermClinic.com our goal is to provide rapid access to compassionate, affordable and expert health care by using the technological advances of today and tomorrow to benefit our patients.
The How: In 2010, a team of U.S. dermatologists founded OnlineDermClinic.com to help improve access to dermatological expertise. When confronted with a health problem involving the skin, hair or nails, users of OnlineDermClinic.com may choose to use our innovative electronic physician consultation -- the "virtual appointment". Having a virtual appointment allows patients much-needed access to U.S. board certified dermatologists for diagnosis and management of skin disease. If the physician providing your "virtual consult" thinks your problem requires an in person visit, he or she will attempt to contact a local dermatologist in your area to arrange an expedited, in-person consultation. Our hope is that, with time, patients in every state will have access to a dermatologist in the OnlineDermClinic.com medical network. Tell your local dermatologist about this service!
The Greater Good: With DermAid, which is the first-of-its kind humanitarian cyber consult, we are taking our unique service worldwide. Participating dermatologists can travel virtually throughout the globe providing care to those in need. Utilizing this technology, volunteer dermatologists are paired with registered aid organizations who submit photos of patients' skin problems to OnlineDermClinic.com for assessment and treatment options.
The Sharing of Ideas: Another remarkable innovation is our DermaLearn diagnosis wizard, which is an algorithmic-based set of questions to help patients and mid-level health care providers arrive at a prioritized list of potential diagnoses, or what physicians call a differential diagnosis. OnlineDermClinic.com also provides an extensive written and video library of diseases and treatment options for education and research.
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