Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) May 19, 2014
Allegheny Health Network today announced a partnership with DermatologistOnCall®, an online dermatology telemedicine service that provides patients with quick and convenient access to board-certified skin care specialists.
Three Allegheny Health Network dermatologists will join the DermatologistOnCall® network of dermatology providers to afford patients with more efficient access to dermatology services, delivering a diagnosis and treatment plan to patients within three days.
“There’s such a great need for dermatology services in our region that scheduling an office visit sometimes can take several months,” said Tony Farah, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Allegheny Health Network.
“We’re pleased to be on the forefront of this unique and much needed dermatology telemedicine program that will make the best use of our medical resources, and provide convenient, streamlined access to care for our patients.”
"DermatologistOnCall® is a new opportunity for patients to have direct access to the highest quality of skin care, on their time, and when and where they need it most," said Mark Seraly, MD, Chief Executive and Medical Officer for DermatologistOnCall®.
Through the Allegheny Health Network website, patients will have around-the-clock access to the service which uses a safe and secure online platform.
Patients provide a brief medical history, specific information about their current concerns and upload photos of their condition. After reviewing the patient’s information, a board-certified dermatologist provides a diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan, including counseling on the condition and prescriptions for medication, within three business days. When medically necessary, the dermatologist will refer the patient for an office visit.
The site’s dermatologists can address more than 3,000 diseases of the skin, hair and nails, including common problems such as acne, shingles, hair loss, poison ivy, and psoriasis.
“DermatologistOnCall® is a valuable tool that will enhance patient satisfaction by providing personalized care that patients can access at their convenience, without missing work or school,” said Susan Manzi, MD, Chair, Department of Medicine, Allegheny Health Network.
“Additionally, it serves a triaging function and will enable dermatologists to treat common, non-acute cases through telemedicine while devoting more office appointments to patients with critical issues.”
Patients may access the service via the Allegheny Health Network website at http://www.ahn.org/dermoncall.
DermatologistOnCall® is an online platform that offers quick and convenient access to affordable, high-quality skin care. DermatologistOnCall® is powered by Iagnosis, a virtual health leader in developing innovative platforms for delivering accessible, high-quality skin care solutions.
About Allegheny Health Network
Allegheny Health Network is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the western Pennsylvania region. The Network is comprised of eight hospitals, including its flagship academic medical center Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Valley Hospital, Canonsburg Hospital, Forbes Hospital, Jefferson Hospital, Saint Vincent Hospital, Westfield Memorial Hospital and West Penn Hospital; the Allegheny-Singer Research Institute; a soon-to open medical mall; and a healthcare group purchasing organization. The Network employs approximately 17,000 people, including more than 2,100 physicians on its medical staff. The Network also serves as a clinical campus for both Temple University School of Medicine and Drexel University College of Medicine.