A Decade of Research and Scientific Validation

Numerous academic and research studies conclude teledermatology is ideally suited as a digitally enabled solution for quality dermatological care, offering continuous access. Co-developed with the American Academy of Dermatology, and proven out in commercial, research, and the military sectors Vibrent Telederm extends virtual access to quality dermatology to everyone, everywhere.

American Academy of Dermatology and AAD Association Position Statements

Telemedicine is an innovative, rapidly evolving method of care delivery. The Academy supports the appropriate use of telemedicine as a means of improving access to the expertise of Board certified dermatologists to provide high-quality, high-value care. Telemedicine can also serve to improve patient care coordination and communication between other specialties and dermatology.

Telederm adheres completely to AAD's position statement. In fact, Vibrent collaborated with the American Academy of Dermatology to develop AccessDerm, an early version of Telederm. Since then, Vibrent has significantly improved Telederm with lessons learned and by leveraging the latest digital technologies.

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The Reliability of Teledermatology to Triage Inpatient Dermatology Consultations

John S. Barbierti, BA; Caroline A. Nelson, BA; William D. James, MD; David J. Margolis, MD, MSCE, PhD; Ryan Littman-Quinn, BA; Carrie L. Kovarik, MD; Misha Rosenbach, MD

Teledermatology, which has expanded access to care for patients in a variety of settings, has been the subject of much research during the past decade. In the outpatient setting, teledermatology has been shown to be reliable and diagnostically accurate for a variety of dermatologic complaints and has been shown to reduce wait times, increase access, and improve patient satisfaction and quality of life.

With its AAD-sponsored deployment of AccessDerm, Vibrent helped to solidify proof of the effectiveness and reliability of dermatology as both provider-to-provider and provider-to-patient modalities. With Telederm, Vibrent continues to make the case for extending quality dermatology care beyond the clinical walls.

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Summary of the Status of Teledermatology Research

Teledermatology Special Interest Group American Telemedicine Association John D. Whited, MD, MHS, FACP

Research and Development Service Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System Division of General Internal Medicine Duke University School of Medicine Durham, North Carolina, USA

Updated: March 10, 2017

This document's intent is to serve the disciplines of research, clinical care, administration, and health policy by concisely reviewing the current status of teledermatology research. This summary is not a detailed critique of research methodology nor is it a comprehensive compendium of all teledermatology and teledermatology-related research. Rather, it is a review of current evidence by content category that is of sufficient quality to arrive at reasonable conclusions as of the report date.

This seminal study concludes that in the areas of diagnostic and management reliability, accuracy, and outcomes, teledermatology rates comparably to conventional clinic-based care. The findings are similar for patient satisfaction, and fare even better for economic assessments. Telederm's evidence-based approach typifies the study's findings completely.

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Impact of store-and-forward teledermatology on outpatient dermatologic care: a prospective study in an urban underserved primary care setting

Corresponding author: Carrie L. Kovarik MD, University of Pennsylvania

We performed a prospective study of store-and-forward teledermatology consults ... from 11 underserved clinics in Philadelphia to the University of Pennsylvania using mobile devices and the Internet. We assessed diagnostic and management concordance between primary care providers and dermatologists, time to consult completion, anticipated level of dermatology input in the absence of teledermatology, and number of consults managed with teledermatology alone.

The study's results showed high concordance and validation between teledermatology and conventional clinical visits. Not surprisingly, the study relied on AccessDerm, an earlier version of Telederm. Vibrent Telederm has continued building on this success with an even stronger and feature-rich platform.

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Teledermatology for Diagnosis and Management of Skin Conditions: A Systematic Review of the Evidence

Department of Veterans Affairs
Health Services Research & Development Service (January 2010)

Telemedicine uses telecommunication technology to transfer medical information. Due to the visual nature of a skin examination, telemedicine, specifically, teledermatology, may be a valuable tool in the diagnosis and management of dermatologic diseases for patients in rural areas (including rural Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and Community Based Outpatient Clinics) who may not have ready access to a dermatologist.

As part of its Evidence-based Synthesis Program, this study provided an objective view of the state of teledermatology circa 2010. After nearly eight years of continued development, Telederm stands to significantly move the needle forward in terms of accuracy, concordance, clinical management, outcomes, cost, and structural and process elements.

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Two Decades of Teledermatology: Current Status and Integration in National Healthcare Systems

Department of Medical Informatics, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands KSYOS Health Management Research, Amstelveen, The Netherlands

Teledermatology has many advantages over current conventional care modes. However, many teledermatology implementations fail when the business models behind the service are either not well understood and subsequently poorly implemented or not implemented at all. Challenges and issues that should be considered in business modelling concern, e.g., technology, security and privacy, legal risks, ethical issues, and reimbursement.

From its inception, Telederm's digital business model and workflow sought to address concerns around security, privacy, legal issues, and compensation. Its privileged position while working with the AAD, the US Army, and academic institutions, enabled Vibrent to build Telederm on a solid foundation of tested industry best practices.

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Store-and-Forward Teledermatology Applications

Prepared for: California HealthCare Foundation by University of California, Davis, Department of Dermatology

Store-and-forward (S&F) teledermatology, the most common form of teledermatology, offers several potential advantages over traditional, in-office dermatological care. It has the ability to lower the cost of dermatologic care, increase patient access, and facilitate medical education and training.

This report laid out the criteria for evaluating four store-and-forward teledermartology applications. Though Vibrent Telederm was not yet available at the time, Vibrent Telederm stacks up brilliantly against the criteria the investigators identified.

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  • American Academy of Dermatology

    American Academy of Dermatology and AAD Association Position Statements

    Telemedicine is an innovative, rapidly evolving method of care delivery. The Academy supports the appropriate use of telemedicine as a means of improving access to the expertise of Board certified dermatologists to provide high-quality, high-value care. Telemedicine can also serve to improve patient care coordination and communication between other specialties and dermatology.

    Telederm adheres completely to AAD's position statement. In fact, Vibrent collaborated with the American Academy of Dermatology to develop AccessDerm, an early version of Telederm. Since then, Vibrent has significantly improved Telederm with lessons learned and by leveraging the latest digital technologies.

    Download Article
  • AMA | The JAMA Network

    The Reliability of Teledermatology to Triage Inpatient Dermatology Consultations

    John S. Barbierti, BA; Caroline A. Nelson, BA; William D. James, MD; David J. Margolis, MD, MSCE, PhD; Ryan Littman-Quinn, BA; Carrie L. Kovarik, MD; Misha Rosenbach, MD

    Teledermatology, which has expanded access to care for patients in a variety of settings, has been the subject of much research during the past decade. In the outpatient setting, teledermatology has been shown to be reliable and diagnostically accurate for a variety of dermatologic complaints and has been shown to reduce wait times, increase access, and improve patient satisfaction and quality of life.

    With its AAD-sponsored deployment of AccessDerm, Vibrent helped to solidify proof of the effectiveness and reliability of dermatology as both provider-to-provider and provider-to-patient modalities. With Telederm, Vibrent continues to make the case for extending quality dermatology care beyond the clinical walls.

    Download Article
  • American Telemedicine Association

    Summary of the Status of Teledermatology Research

    Teledermatology Special Interest Group American Telemedicine Association John D. Whited, MD, MHS, FACP

    Research and Development Service Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System Division of General Internal Medicine Duke University School of Medicine Durham, North Carolina, USA

    Updated: March 10, 2017

    This document's intent is to serve the disciplines of research, clinical care, administration, and health policy by concisely reviewing the current status of teledermatology research. This summary is not a detailed critique of research methodology nor is it a comprehensive compendium of all teledermatology and teledermatology-related research. Rather, it is a review of current evidence by content category that is of sufficient quality to arrive at reasonable conclusions as of the report date.

    This seminal study concludes that in the areas of diagnostic and management reliability, accuracy, and outcomes, teledermatology rates comparably to conventional clinic-based care. The findings are similar for patient satisfaction, and fare even better for economic assessments. Telederm's evidence-based approach typifies the study's findings completely.

    Download Article
  • University of Pennsylvania

    Impact of store-and-forward teledermatology on outpatient dermatologic care: a prospective study in an urban underserved primary care setting

    Corresponding author: Carrie L. Kovarik MD, University of Pennsylvania

    We performed a prospective study of store-and-forward teledermatology consults ... from 11 underserved clinics in Philadelphia to the University of Pennsylvania using mobile devices and the Internet. We assessed diagnostic and management concordance between primary care providers and dermatologists, time to consult completion, anticipated level of dermatology input in the absence of teledermatology, and number of consults managed with teledermatology alone.

    The study's results showed high concordance and validation between teledermatology and conventional clinical visits. Not surprisingly, the study relied on AccessDerm, an earlier version of Telederm. Vibrent Telederm has continued building on this success with an even stronger and feature-rich platform.

    Download Article
  • Department of Veteran Affairs

    Teledermatology for Diagnosis and Management of Skin Conditions: A Systematic Review of the Evidence

    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Health Services Research & Development Service (January 2010)

    Telemedicine uses telecommunication technology to transfer medical information. Due to the visual nature of a skin examination, telemedicine, specifically, teledermatology, may be a valuable tool in the diagnosis and management of dermatologic diseases for patients in rural areas (including rural Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and Community Based Outpatient Clinics) who may not have ready access to a dermatologist.

    As part of its Evidence-based Synthesis Program, this study provided an objective view of the state of teledermatology circa 2010. After nearly eight years of continued development, Telederm stands to significantly move the needle forward in terms of accuracy, concordance, clinical management, outcomes, cost, and structural and process elements.

    Download Article
  • National Center for Biotechnology Information

    Two Decades of Teledermatology: Current Status and Integration in National Healthcare Systems

    Department of Medical Informatics, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands KSYOS Health Management Research, Amstelveen, The Netherlands

    Teledermatology has many advantages over current conventional care modes. However, many teledermatology implementations fail when the business models behind the service are either not well understood and subsequently poorly implemented or not implemented at all. Challenges and issues that should be considered in business modelling concern, e.g., technology, security and privacy, legal risks, ethical issues, and reimbursement.

    From its inception, Telederm's digital business model and workflow sought to address concerns around security, privacy, legal issues, and compensation. Its privileged position while working with the AAD, the US Army, and academic institutions, enabled Vibrent to build Telederm on a solid foundation of tested industry best practices.

    Download Article
  • California HealthCare Foundation

    Store-and-Forward Teledermatology Applications

    Prepared for: California HealthCare Foundation by University of California, Davis, Department of Dermatology

    Store-and-forward (S&F) teledermatology, the most common form of teledermatology, offers several potential advantages over traditional, in-office dermatological care. It has the ability to lower the cost of dermatologic care, increase patient access, and facilitate medical education and training.

    This report laid out the criteria for evaluating four store-and-forward teledermartology applications. Though Vibrent Telederm was not yet available at the time, Vibrent Telederm stacks up brilliantly against the criteria the investigators identified.

    Download Article