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N Z Med J. 1997 Feb 28;110(1038):51-3.

Diagnostic accuracy of teledermatology: results of a preliminary study in New Zealand.

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Department of Dermatology, Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Abstract

AIM:

To determine the accuracy of a video conferencing system (telemedicine) in diagnosis of dermatological disorders.

METHODS:

New patients referred to a dermatology clinic were initially examined by telemedicine and then by a standard face to face consultation. The diagnoses made by each type of consultation were compared and accuracy of telemedicine determined.

RESULTS:

One hundred and four patients with 135 dermatological conditions were analysed. Seventy five percent of conditions were correctly diagnosed by telemedicine. In a further 7% a differential diagnosis was made, which included the final diagnosis made face to face. In 12%, the diagnosis was incorrect using the telemedicine system, and in 3% no diagnosis was made. Four per cent of diagnoses were only made when the patient was seen face to face.

CONCLUSION:

This preliminary study suggests that video conferencing equipment can be used with a reasonable degree of accuracy for the diagnosis of dermatological disease.

PMID:
9076285
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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