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Dermatology diagnosis goes digital

from San Francisco Examiner

An arm with a blotchy red rash popped up on Dr. Toby Maurer's computer screen at San Francisco General Hospital. The photo, from a physician at a San Mateo County clinic, came with questions: Is this from poison oak, and am I treating it correctly? Poison oak indeed, Maurer confirmed. She wrote back telling the physician to continue an oral steroid to help knock out the rash. It probably would have taken weeks for those patients to see a specialist like Maurer as San Mateo County's 13 clinics struggle with a list of nearly 2,000 patients waiting for a doctor's appointment. But Maurer was able to send an answer within 12 hours using the TeleDerm system, a pilot program the county has rapidly expanded to all but one of its clinics since launching it. more


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