Teledermatology can provide both accurate and reliable specialist care at a distance. This article reviews current data on the quality of care that teledermatology provides, as well as the societal cost benefits involved in the implementation of the technique. Teledermatology is most suited to patients unable to access specialist. services for geographical or social reasons. Patients are generally satisfied with the overall care that teledermatology provides. Real-time teledermatology is more expensive than conventional care for health services. However, significant savings can be expected from the patient's perspective due to reduced travel. Appropriate patient selection, improved technology and adequate clinical workloads may improve both the quality and cost effectiveness of this service.