Session ID: 

Developing a Large-Scale Tele-Dermatology Program

2:30pm - 3:30pm Thursday, February 14
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


Tele-dermatology is one of the most fast growing telehealth markets, due to the mostly visual characteristic of the physical examination and consequent easiness of application. However, a large-scale application in a social environment can be challenging. Access to private dermatology consultations can be expensive and public waiting lines can last months or years. During the year of 2017, a massive tele-dermatology program was developed by a large private non-profit organization partnering with the government of the city of São Paulo, a major metropolitan area in Brazil comprising more than 20 million people. Waiting lines were reduced from six months on average to virtually zero and more than 160k images were taken. This session will detail the steps to develop a similar program and inform the main challenges faced during the implementation and database operations.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Detail the steps to develop a large-scale social tele-dermatology program with a low-cost operation
  • Identify the most common pitfalls in large database optimization for medical image acquisition
  • Describe how to develop a network of dermatologists available to screen, diagnose and treat diseases from dermatological images


General Manager,
Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein
Chief Software Engineer,
Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein
Clinical Staff Supervisor,
Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein


Clinical Informaticists