Dermatology opinions via intranet could reduce waiting timesBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7185.737 (Published 13 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:737
- Michael D'Souza, General practitioner,
- Dhiren Shah, General practitioner,
- Klaus Misch, Consultant dermatologist,
- Lucy Ostlere, Consultant dermatologist
- Canbury Medical Centre, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 6HR
- Kingston Hospital NHS Trust, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7QB
EDITOR—We have just piloted a new telemedicine program called Dermaclinic (from Agora Healthcare) which runs on any computer that can access the internet. It permits doctors to send, via a confidential intranet, digital photographs (figure) and clinical histories for a returnable second opinion via the same medium. Its clinical database is backed up on a server owned by the practice and accessible only through a password held by practising clinicians.