A 78-year-old female patient presented to our office for evaluation of a non-healing lesion located on the left side of her nose
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Technology in the healthcare industry is constantly changing, and as reluctant as some practices may be in accepting it, every day it becomes more ingrained in our day to day operations within healthcare. Pine Belt Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center has always embraced the opportunity to use technology to further serve our patients. That is why we are excited to announce that we now offer online, virtual, consultations. There is a large population of individuals who need to see the doctor regarding some mild condition that they put off for a number of reasons. Those reasons could be that work has them so tied up that they cannot take off in order to come see a physician, they may not be in a financial position to take off of work, they don’t have a ride to commute to the doctor’s office, or the doctor’s office is simply too far of a drive for them to see the benefit in scheduling a visit. Whatever the reasons may be, Pine Belt Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center now has a solution, not just for the Pine Belt region, but anyone who needs to see a dermatologist but is unable to do so. This virtual online visitation service is not just new to the area, but new to the state of Mississippi as a whole. This service is widely known as “tele-medicine”. Tele-medicine has been a concept for years but there was much uncertainty in previously implementing it. However, recently it has picked up popularity among mental health and primary care practices across the nation. Much of this is due to the rampant popularity of smart phones and tablets as much as it is to the advances in medical technology and privileges associated with virtual visits. What once had to be done via the computer can now be done on mobile devices. This has allowed a custom platform for virtual dermatology visits to be perfected, and that is exactly what we at Pine Belt Dermatology are proud to offer. This specific platform is the first of its kind in the state of Mississippi. Consequently, as exciting as the opportunity to pioneer this product is, there is still an enigmatic aura associated with the service because it is unlike anything we, or our patients, have ever experienced. This blog is one of many efforts to further educate individuals so that they will share our excitement in knowing they now have this service at their fingertips!
What is This Virtual Dermatology Visit?
First and foremost, this product is 100% HIPAA compliant and it is available to anyone who has access to a computer, smart phone, or tablet. The online dermatology visit that Pine Belt Dermatology now offers to the entire state of Mississippi uses what is called a “store-and-forward” method. This is when you submit pictures and a summary of the condition in question, and one of our providers responds with a diagnosis when he/she is notified. This dermatology consultation is convenient for both parties: the patient can submit the urgent need at their leisure, and the Pine Belt Dermatology provider can review the case and make a diagnosis at their leisure. Now, patients can take solace in knowing that the providers are obligated under a contract to respond to the case within 3 business days, so their submission will not sit in the providers’ virtual waiting room for very long, often less than 24 hours!
An online visit with one of our providers mirrors the steps of an in-office visit, using a HIPAA compliant/ data-secure process that includes inputting medical background information, doctor and pharmacy preferences, and a description with photos of your current condition. Below is a list of the Pine Belt Dermatology providers participating in our online dermatology service:
I am also able to virtually see patients not just in the Pine Belt region, but in all of Mississippi, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Alabama. So this is a tremendous service that is available through our practice. We are extremely proud to offer it!
How Do I Access This Service?
The virtual platform is built so that it is user friendly in addition to being extremely convenient to the provider and patient. For starters, you can access the service through our website via the computer, or you can access it from your phone/tablet by downloading our PBD app to your device (available through the iTunes Store and/or Google Play Store). Whether you are starting your virtual dermatology visit through our online system or by using a mobile device, it’s an easy process. Get PBD online dermatology care in just 3 simple steps:
What are the Benefits of Our Online Dermatology Visits?
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Tele-Dermatology Visits:
We are very excited to offer this service to the state of Mississippi. With it being such a rural state and providers being few and far between, we think that it will be a great service to Hattiesburg and surrounding areas. We’ve partnered with the leading tele-dermatology solution provider, Iagnosis, to be able to offer a modernized approach to medicine in this new virtual visit platform. This way our specialists can be accessed by anyone in need, from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to Oxford. We hope that you will not only share our excitement, but check the service out yourself and share the news with others!
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