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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 1998 June;133(3):217-9

language: Italian

Teledermatology: a myth or reality

Chimenti S., Piccolo D., Peris K.

Università degli Studi - L’Aquila, Clinica Dermatologica


The progress achieved with computer sciences and transmission telematic technologies during the last years allowed to introduce, in the medical field, new methodological approaches such as, telecontroll, teleconsult and teleassistance by using a tele-audio-visual system. Teledermatology, a subset of telemedicine, allows the transmission of images between two or more centers that are geographically distant and provided of the analogous equipment with the support of network systems such as Internet or ISDN employing the common telephone lines. Internet is the most widespread network characterized by a low cost; its use, however, is limited by the relatively slow transmission. ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) is characterized by a more rapid transmission of better quality images but by higher costs. Teledermatology allows to carry out scientific exchanges in real time, such as teleconference and teleconsult. A further possible application is to give a dermatologic consultation to general practitioners. Recently, the development of digital system in dermatologic field has opened new horizons, especially for the study of pigmented lesions and to make remote diagnosis with telematic networks. A further development and the diffusion of such system could allow to obtain important results either in the social and in the economic field for the improvement of the health care with much more benefits for the patients. In conclusion, a new scenario is coming up for dermatologic science. According to our opinion, it surely deserves to be considered and explored.

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