The demand for dermatology services remains strong and shifts in the practice setting may be related to increases in overhead costs that are partially associated with the implementation of technology-based medical records, according to a recent study. In addition, integration of electronic health records and utilization of telemedicine are increasing. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) sent a Practice Profile Survey by both e-mail and postal mail to a random sample of practicing dermatologists who are AAD members. Investigators found:
- Shifts are noted in the primary practice setting; fewer dermatologists are in solo practice and more are in group practices than in previous years.
- Teledermatology use trended upward from 7% to 11% between 2012 and 2014.
- The implementation of electronic health records increased from 51% in 2011 to 70% in 2014.
Ehrlich A, Kostecki J, Olkaba H. Trends in dermatology practices and the implications for the workforce. [Published online ahead of print August 4, 2017]. J Am Acad Dermatol. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2017.06.030.
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