Traditionally, when patients presented to emergency departments or rural hospitals with a complex skin condition, the on-call dermatology registrar was consulted by telephone. More recently, clinicians have begun using store-and-forward technology to send images directly to the specialist, significantly improving their capacity to accurately diagnose and manage patients remotely. Such teledermatology services also provide valuable teaching opportunities for rural doctors and registrars. While there are numerous benefits, including improved timely access to specialist advice for rural patients and clinicians, and reduced unnecessary investigations and outpatient referrals,1 the issues related to patient privacy and confidentiality must be addressed.
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