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Website allows dermatologists to diagnose virtually

Published: May. 22, 2015 at 6:29 PM EDT|Updated: May. 22, 2015 at 9:53 PM EDT
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The biggest advantage to these virtual appointments is convenience. (Source: WOIO)
The biggest advantage to these virtual appointments is convenience. (Source: WOIO)

(WOIO) - May is

and you know you're going to be spending some time outside over the weekend. But have you ever had that spot, maybe a mole, that you wish a doctor could take a quick look at? There's a new online way to do it without ever leaving your home.

We've all done it on holiday weekends. You forget the sunscreen, then comes the sunburn, and then comes the worries about the spots you look at and wonder, "Could that be cancer?"

That's where the website

comes in. Like all tele-medicine websites we've seen, it's pretty simple. Create an account, fill out some medical history, and take a picture of any spots on your body that you're concerned about and submit it. You can get your answer, treatment plans, even a prescription plan within three days.

"We're learning that about 85 percent of all visits that come in online can be adequately diagnosed online," says website founder and dermatologist Dr. Mark Seraly. "About 15 percent of patients need to be brought into the office too, for a diagnostic procedure or a biopsy."

The big factor here is convenience. According to Dr. Seraly, the average wait in the U.S. to get into a dermatologist's office is 33 days. We had to ask, though, how is it possible for a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis through a picture and not an actual in-office visit?

"Dermatologists are experts in being understanding and analyzing images. That's how we're trained. That's how we do our board certifications. That's how we take our maintenance of learning," explains Dr. Seraly.

The earlier a doctor can look at any suspicious spots on your body, even with a virtual visit, the better.

Like a lot of these virtual visits, only a select few insurance companies are covering the cost, but some insurance companies are catching on to the cost savings in a virtual visit, over an office visit.

The cost of the virtual visit is $59. But since it's Melanoma Awareness Month, it's just $49. 
 
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