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Diagnostic accuracy of pediatric teledermatology using parent-submitted photographs: a randomized clinical trial.
O'Connor DM, Jew OS, Perman MJ, Castelo-Soccio LA, Winston FK, McMahon PJ. JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153:1243-1248.
Teledermatology can reduce time to treatment and improve access to specialists. This small randomized controlled trial assessed the accuracy of parent-submitted smartphone photographs for diagnosing pediatric skin conditions compared to in-person dermatology. Teledermatology had high diagnostic accuracy and there was no significant difference when parents were given photography instructions. A previous PSNet interview discussed telemedicine and patient safety.
Dixon BE, Hook JM, McGowan JJ, for AHRQ National Resource Center for Health IT. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; December 2008. AHRQ Publication No. 09-0012-EF.
Telehealth is a rapidly expanding approach of adopting technology to deliver health care services and information that improves the quality, safety, access, efficiency, and costs of care. Although the evidence that telehealth achieves these aims is still lacking, this report outlines AHRQ's health information technology portfolio, which funded a number of programs to evaluate this promising technology and approach. The report findings are based on interviews with lead investigators. It discusses the scope of the projects funded, the technical challenges faced, the organizational and cultural issues encountered, and the opportunities ahead.