Insurer’s Teledermatology Pilot Cuts Patient Wait Time

A pilot telemedicine program dramatically reduced the amount of time it took for primary care physicians to consult with dermatologists on skin ailments but did not increase utilization or cost, according to a new study from Independence Blue Cross.

The study, which was conducted with the University of Pennsylvania, holds lessons for how such programs could be implemented and expanded as the COVID-19 pandemic propels a much wider adoption of telemedicine for primary care and some medical specialties, stakeholders say.

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