Dermicus Teledermatology

Introduction to Teledermatology

The Teledermatology Assessment Service was introduced to the Isle of Wight in July 2019.

Each GP Practice has been supplied with a Teledermatology Kit, funded by Lighthouse Medical Ltd. The Kit includes an iPhone set up with the Dermicus App and a Dermatoscopic attachment. Instead of GP Practice’s sending the Dermatology department a letter describing the skin lesion, this service enables Practice’s to securely send high-quality images and dermatoscopic images to a Dermatology Specialist. Our Specialists can assess the images and triage them confidently. This means we can book patients straight into the correct clinic depending on the treatment required. If the Dermatology Specialist has diagnosed the lesion as a benign (non-cancerous) condition we will send an advice letter to the patient, explaining what the lesion is.

There are many advantages to this service such as:

  • It may save you the need to travel to a specialist appointment.
  • Our team can respond quickly to this type of referral.
  • We can arrange the most effective clinic, depending on the treatment required, according to the Dermatology Specialists’ diagnosis.
Typical images received by the team and the kit that is used to capture them.

Who Reviews the Photos?

The photos that are sent by the clinician are reviewed by Dermatology Specialists within 72 hours. The Dermatology Specialist will decide whether they would like patient’s to have one of the following:

  • A face-to-face appointment in the Dermatology Department.
  • A biopsy (minor skin surgery procedure) appointment in the Dermatology Department.
  • Referral to another Specialist Department.
  • An advice letter regarding the skin condition and how to look after it.

Patients should have an outcome within 7 days, please contact the Dermatology Department if you have not heard anything within this time. The GP Practice will also be informed of the decision and advice that the Dermatology Specialist recommends.

Sometimes the images may not provide the information that the Dermatology Specialist needs to make a clear decision. Should there be any doubt, patients will be asked to come in for a face-to-face assessment.

Dermicus App

The Dermicus App being used to capture the patient’s data and images for the Teledermatology consultation of the lesion helps to provide patients with reassurance by supporting a fast and secure diagnosis.

Dermicus has been introduced to the Isle of Wight following work with the Wessex Academic Health Science Network within the NHS, to ensure the App meets all NHS patient data security requirements.

Patient data and confidentiality are at the heart of the Dermicus App.

Key Data Assurances

  • No patient data or images are stored on the iPhone.
  • All patient data is encrypted to NHS standards.
  • Patient data is only stored in England.

If you have any questions regarding the Teledermatology Assessment Service please e-mail the team at iownt.teledermatology@nhs.net

Here is a little insight into the technology and training.

About the project

This project is the result of a collaboration between Wessex Academic Health Science Network, Gnosco (Dermicus app developers), Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Lighthouse Medical Limited, and the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Supported by Wessex Academic Health Science Network and partnered with Gnosco Ltd.

HSJ awards – Primary Care Innovation of the Year

HSJ Finalist banner

The Lighthouse Medical team were delighted to be shortlisted for the 2020 HSJ awards in the category of Primary Care Innovation of the Year for the implementation of the Teledermatology project. 2020 saw so many innovative approaches to delivering healthcare using technology and we are committed to providing a first-class service to the Island. The Clinic was runner up at the final for innovation at these esteemed awards for healthcare service excellence. 

Watch BBC South Today’s news report.