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Increasing access to dermatologists

Referring physicians wishing to learn how to use the platform can view this short two-minute instructional video created by Dermatologist, Dr. Jaggi Rao. 

A mid-term evaluation of Shared Care's Teledermatology initiative shows that Primary Care access to Dematology using a secure web platform - has resulted in a one day response for 75% of requested consultations. In many cases these consultations provided access to dermatology expertise for primary care physicians in rural and remote communities – reducing long wait times for patients, and reducing the need for long distance travel by 50% for patients to access care.  

More than 800 BC physicians and nurse practitioners have been using the web platform since 2011, helping to anchor patient care within the primary care home. 

Participating dermatologists from both BC and Alberta provide expert consultation and additional clinical information back to the primary care physician to help inform care. One primary care physician states:

“This is a really great service for patients and physicians alike. I have always found it helpful and it has saved my patients many long and expensive trips to the city."