What is it about?

This is the first systematic review on the cost-effectiveness of store-and-forward teledermatology.

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Why is it important?

Store-and-forward teledermatology is cost-effective when used as a triage mechanism to reduce face-to-face appointments. The cost-effectiveness of this telederm method increases when patients are required to travel farther distances to access dermatology services.


Current evidence is sparse but suggests that store-and-forward teledermatology can be cost-effective. Independent of this sparse evidence store-and-forward teledermatology will further emerge as the possibilities and consequences of consumer self-capturing and transmitting images will increase.

Professor H. Peter Soyer
University of Queensland

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This page is a summary of: Cost-effectiveness of Store-and-Forward Teledermatology, JAMA Dermatology, June 2016, American Medical Association (AMA), DOI: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.0525.
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