Telemedicine is another field leveraging smart phones to bring doctors faster to your aid. DermLink is an online platform where you can upload images of suspicious skin conditions and within 24 hours hear back from a local dermatologist. Although restricted to the website for now, an iPhone and Android app is in the works.
What’s neat is that the DermLink software automatically checks for picture quality and rejects unusable and blurry photos. Also, it only takes about 5 minutes to submit your case. What’s not so neat is getting charged $99 upfront for my self referral. While the process of getting a referral from my next general check up and then seeing a dermatologist may take up to six months and $40 in copays, since I have no immediate concerns, I think I’ll just wait it out.
Still, if something important comes up and I can’t wait to go through my primary doctor, I’ll be using DermLink immediately.