Dr Carrie l. Kovarick, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Dermatopathology, and Infectious Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania, is the recipient of this year´s Clarence S. Livingood, MD Award and Lectureship. She will be presenting during the Dermatologist´s Leading Experts session of the next AAD Annual Meeting (Orlando, March 3-7th, Chapin Theatre, 8:50 am) the lecture “Telemedicine and the Future of Medicine“.
Dermatology will continue to face challenges as new models for health care delivery systems evolve and value based care becomes implemented on a wider scale. Teledermatology has the potential to improve access for patient care within these health care systems and provide an efficient, patient centered experience. Teledermatology can be used to improve patient care, access, and outcomes in a variety of ways, including triage, urgent care, inpatient consultation, direct follow-up with patients, and patient monitoring, when integrated into the patients’ overall medical care. Recommendations for standard ethical practices in teledermatology are essential in order to ensure consistent coordinated, high-quality care. We are currently at a crossroads where technology, medical care, patient needs, business success, and free market competition are in occasional opposition and imbalance. The position of our specialty and future of medicine will be determined by how the advocates of these opposing forces work together.
If you go to AAD Orlando 2017, do not miss her!