Audit of a State-wide store and forward teledermatology service in Australia

Biscak, Terri M., Eley, Robert, Manoharan, Shobhan, Sinnott, Michael and Soyer, H. Peter (2013) Audit of a State-wide store and forward teledermatology service in Australia. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 19 7: 362-366. doi:10.1177/1357633X13506509

Author Biscak, Terri M.
Eley, Robert
Manoharan, Shobhan
Sinnott, Michael
Soyer, H. Peter
Title Audit of a State-wide store and forward teledermatology service in Australia
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
Publication date 2013-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1357633X13506509
Volume 19
Issue 7
Start page 362
End page 366
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract In 2008, the Skin Emergency Telemedicine Service was established at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) in Brisbane. We conducted an audit by evaluating all email communication during 2012, and administering a clinician questionnaire. A total of 167 cases were discussed via 685 email communications (46 being in-house PAH referrals). The highest number of external referrals came from Mt Isa (27%), located 1200 km from the nearest dermatology clinic, with a further 25% sent from centres located 50-600 km from a clinic. The main referring condition was rash (65%), followed by skin lesions (13%). The most commonly provided telemedicine diagnoses were dermatitis/eczema (23%), infection (20%) and drug eruption (17%). Most external referrals received a reply within 3 hours of the enquiry. Junior doctors (2nd-4th postgraduate year) represented the majority of referring clinicians (62% of questionnaire respondents). There were 111 potential questionnaire recipients. Responses were received from 34 clinicians, a response rate of 31%. Overall 100% of respondents stated that the service was useful to them and 97% said they would use it again in the future with one respondent stating 'possibly'. It seems likely that teledermatology will serve an important role in the provision of healthcare to Queensland, and other remote Australian communities in the future.
Keyword Dermatology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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