Currently submitted to: JMIR Dermatology
Date Submitted: Apr 28, 2020
Open Peer Review Period: Apr 28, 2020 - Jun 23, 2020
(currently open for review)
Dermatology 2.0: How the internet is changing us, our patients and our practice
The internet, in a short span of time relative to the history of modern medicine, has changed us doctors, our patients and our practice. This article reviews these changes and how they have occurred. The write- up was conceptualized after the author, a private practitioner in a tier 2 city in India, started seeing subtle and overt differences in the consultation and treatment paths of patients who were internet savvy vs. those who were internet naïve. A survey was conducted in the clinic to study the behavioral changes brought about by the internet among patients of clinical as well as aesthetic dermatology. It must be remembered that these changes are completely new to the practice of dermatology; even small numbers of positive replies are noteworthy. The Covid 19 pandemic started while this article was being written, making teledermatology a requisite of the time, rather than an option. Our dependence on technology has never before been so profound. As modern day dermatologists, is important for us to be updated about the interactions of dermatology and technology. We must constantly try to optimize the benefits of the internet and minimize its pitfalls. Needless to say, most of the facts mentioned here have been gleaned from the internet itself, from a wide range of sources including but not limited to medical journals, books, news reports, commercial websites and magazines.
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