Social Media a Powerful Tool

 

Social media can be a powerful tool in the medical arena. Patients have responded positively to support networks and using social platforms for education. Likewise, patients like the online interaction because it increases their feeling of connectivity with their doctor—leading to an overall better feeling about their well-being (source:  http://www.fiercepracticemanagement.com/story/how-social-media-can-extend-care-experience/2014-07-23). A customized app for your dermatology practice is exactly the kind of tool patients find helpful and convenient.

 

Data Breaches in Medical Records

With a shift towards online and virtual medical practices, health data has followed suit and is now often found in digital form. The use of electronic health records (EHR) has seen a rising amount of crime in which profiles and records are being sold on a black market. Medical records contain a significant portion of a patient’s information—enough for thieves to steal their full identity. The matter of security has found its way to Capitol Hill, where unfortunately, progress has been somewhat slow. Some believe it to be only a matter of time before a breach occurs (see this article http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/cyber-hack-health-records-matter-time-108486_Page2.html), and that now the issue is making sure the impact of the breach is smaller rather than larger.

New Case Study to Diagnose!

As dermatologists, the partners that founded OnlineDermClinic see a variety of interesting cases each week as patients send in virtual consults to be diagnosed using the ODC teledermatology app. We would like to present you with interesting cases each week that have been sent in via their practice’s app and let you form your own diagnosis.

Here is a 24 year old woman presented to the ER with acute (<48 hour) onset of this rash associated with severe pain. Importantly, bilateral earlobe involvement was present.

What’s your diagnosis?

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Answer: Levamisole-contaminated cocaine induced P-ANCA associated vasculitis with skin necrosis.

Levamisole was developed in the 1960′s as an anti-helmenthic.  Today, the majority of seized cocaine in the U.S. is adulterated with levamisole.  It is added to cocaine due to its similar appearance and its ability to potentiate psychoactive effects.

Necrosis secondary to levamisole can be severe and has been mostly managed with supportive care.  Therapy with systemic steroids with or without plasmapharesis has shown some benefit.  The levamisole induced antibodies usually resolve within 2-4 months of drug discontinuation.

Learn more: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3977436/

Can You Diagnose this Case Study?

As dermatologists, the partners that founded OnlineDermClinic see a variety of interesting cases each week as patients send in virtual consults to be diagnosed using the ODC teledermatology app. We would like to present you with interesting cases each week that have been sent in via their practice’s app and let you form your own diagnosis.

Here is a 26 year old woman with a six-month history of worsening vesicles and pruritus of the elbows and knees. What is your diagnosis? What’s the eponym and year it was first described? Scroll down for the answer.

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Answer:

Dermatitis herpetiformis or Duhring’s disease. Named in honor of Louis Duhring of the University of Pennsylvania. First described in 1884.

Dermatologists Moving Towards Data Gathering

 

The AAD reports on dermatologists moving toward data gathering. Considering the move in dermatology towards online, virtual, and alternative methods to practicing medicine, the particulars of data gathering are becoming increasingly important. Read the full report here: http://www.aad.org//dw/monthly/2014/june/by-the-numbers#allpages.

 

ODC Provides Your Practice with Marketing Tools

ODC not only creates a custom-branded app for your practice, we also provide a full marketing packet that helps you launch the app. Our marketing packet includes:

  • a staff implementation and process guide
  • templates for a press release
  • template for a letter to your patients
  • template for a letter to your referring doctors

We want you to be successful in this venture and we are committed to providing you with the tools to do so!

 

The History of ODC

 

OnlineDermClinic was developed by 3 partners in a private dermatology practice in the southern U.S. These physicians recognized the best way for patients to access a complete source of information regarding dermatologic conditions and treatment options was directly from specialists, and not from self-directed anecdotal internet searches. Thus, the most intuitive and efficient system for teledermatology virtual consultations was born!

 

OnlineDermClinic Stores Virtual Consults Just Like other Medical Records

Each virtual consultation you have with the OnlineDermClinic app is treated like all other medical records. It is stored on remote, HIPPA-compliant servers for up to seven years. Access is free for you as needed, as well as for your patients and referring providers who have sent consults.  You can also print each visit and record on a paper chart in your office, or print and scan into your clinic’s EMR system.

 

Take a Test Drive Today!

Taking a test drive of the OnlineDermClinic app is easy and free. What are the benefits of using teledermatology in your practice? Reduced wait times for patients, the ability to easily teletriage, and a simple way for you to boost production when your office isn’t busy (or move patients through quickly when you are!) are among the reasons to try out the app. Visit www.onlinedermclinic/app.com for details.

 

Teledermatology Effective for Triage

In the April issue of JAMA Dermatology, a study was conducted to determine the reliability of teledermatology to triage inpatient dermatology consultations – since many hospitals do not have inpatient services. They concluded that it was reliable and has potential to improve on efficiency. Read the full report here: http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1829638.