Dermatology and Telehealth: Virtual Care for Skin Concerns
Have a skin condition that needs the attention of a certified dermatologist? With telehealth, you may be able to have it cared for in the comfort of your own home.
Telehealth allows you to have a virtual visit with a dermatology service provider. Telehealth utilizes your phone or computer audio and video and allows you to have a dermatology appointment online instead of in the dermatologist’s office, which saves time and energy.
Why Use Telemedicine for Your Skin Care?
Though some dermatology care requires in-person services, many dermatology needs can be met with a telehealth visit.
From initial consultations to medication refills, telemedicine services make it simple to attend a dermatologist appointment and get on with life. And because the appointment takes place in the patient’s home, there is no risk for those at high risk for falls or infection with the coronavirus, for example.
Preparing for Your Telemedicine Appointment
While receiving telehealth services is a bit different than in-person visits, much of it is the same. When preparing for a virtual visit to a dermatologist, you will need the following:
- Insurance Information — Many insurance companies cover telehealth visits, including Medicare and Medicaid. Having this information readily available ensures insurance claims are handled in a timely manner.
- Medical History — Telehealth appointments for dermatology care begin with a discussion of your medical history. When providing personal health information during a virtual appointment, all HIPAA rules and regulations are followed for your safety and security.
- Privacy — Because you will be discussing your medical history and need for dermatology care, it’s best to find a private space for your online visit. Being in a quiet, private area also ensures your dermatologist can hear you clearly.
Dermatology Conditions Diagnosed and Treated Through Telehealth
During a telemedicine appointment, many skin conditions can be reviewed, and treatment can often be prescribed during the same online appointment by a certified dermatologist. Common conditions cared for via a video visit (telehealth appointment) include the following:
- Moles and spots
Whether suffering from acute or chronic conditions, your dermatologist can make an accurate diagnosis by evaluating the trouble areas via telemedicine. Once a diagnosis is made, the dermatologist can even create a treatment plan and prescribe medication during your telemedicine visit.